Jake Gyllenhaal Causes a Stir Online After Revealing His Shower Ritual (Or Lack Thereof)

Some big stars are so busy that they barely even have time to shower every day—or regularly at all. In fact, actor Jake Gyllenhaal recently admitted in a Vanity Fair interview that bathing, for him, is becoming “less necessary, at times.”

The magazine asked him if there was any thing revelatory about his shower ritual, and he began the response talking about his fascination with loofahs.

“I always am baffled that loofahs come from nature,” he said. “They feel like they’ve been made in a factory but, in fact, it’s just not true. Since I was young, it’s amazed me.”

Hmm, we didn’t know that either! Pretty interesting stuff.

He could’ve ended the answer there. But instead, he went on to talk more about his actual showering ritual, which in fact, we learned, really doesn’t exist much at all.

“More and more I find bathing to be less necessary, at times,” he stated.

From there, he began to discuss the possibility of just simply not cleaning yourself at all, but let nature take his course.

“I do believe, because Elvis Costello is wonderful, that good manners and bad breath get you nowhere,” he said. “So I do that. But I do also think that there’s a whole world of not bathing that is also really helpful for skin maintenance, and we naturally clean ourselves.”

This is a bit vague, no? Nevertheless, that’s all he said on the matter. The interview continued with a mere conversation about the best part of his collaboration with Russ & Daughters (his answer is the free lox, of course).

But seriously—we need more information here about showering. We just have so many unanswered questions. How often does he actually shower? What exactly does he mean by the world of “not bathing” and is this something he practices or wants to practice? Jake Gyllenhaal s a pretty good-looking fellow physically—but does he smell bad?

Sure, you don’t need to shower every single day. In fact, some experts even recommend not doing that. But “not bathing”? At ALL?

Until we get some answers to these burning questions, check out this video about Gyllenhaal and his no-bathing stance below.

What do you think Gyllenhaal meant about bathing being less necessary at times for himself? How often do you take a shower or bathe yourself? Do you think, too, that there is a world out there for “not bathing”?