Oscar nominee Jake Gyllenhaal and Tony nominee Tom Sturridge are currently starring in an evening of back-to-back monologues at The Public Theater, entitled Sea Wall/A Life. Gyllenhaal continues his collaboration with Olivier Award-nominated playwright Nick Payne (Constellations, If There Is I Haven’t Found It Yet) in the latter, an emotional examination of how sons become fathers.
The actor, most recently seen on Broadway in Sunday in the Park with George, appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon to discuss his Public Theater debut. Gyllenhaal recalled a recent performance and one particular audience member. “The other day,” Gyllenhaal explains in the video above, “a woman was coughing really loudly, and I felt so bad for her... I just asked her if she was okay in the middle of the monologue. I ran offstage and got her water.”
It's generally a good practice to avoid making any distracting sounds during a show, but it's at least nice to know Gyllenhaal has your back.
Watch more of the interview, in which Gyllenhaal discusses his new Netflix movie Velvet Buzzsaw, below.
The double bill continues through March 31. Click here for tickets and more information.