Jake Gyllenhaal Opens Up About His Desire to Be a Father: I Want a 'Family of My Own'

Stronger actor Jake Gyllenhaal says his bond with his sister Maggie's two daughters makes him excited for fatherhood

Jake Gyllenhaal may be an Oscar-nominated actor and Broadway star, but there’s still one role he hasn’t yet added to his resume: father.

Gyllenhaal, 36, opens up in the new issue of PEOPLE about his desire to one day start a family.

“I want to continue becoming more of an adult than I already am,” he says of his future. “Hopefully with a family of my own.”

The Stronger actor says his bond with his sister Maggie Gyllenhaal‘s two daughters makes him excited for fatherhood.

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“My sister has raised two beautiful daughters. They are the most amazing girls,” he says. “It’s fun to send them home with a lot of candy, because it was almost like, ‘Enjoy it, Mags!’ A little payback for being the sister who made me perform weird shows at our parents’ dinner parties.”

Gyllenhaal is currently single, and after past high-profile relationships with Kirsten Dunst, Reese Witherspoon and Taylor Swift, the actor says he doesn’t let rumors about his love life bother him.

“I’ve learned to have a real sense of humor about things. There will always be opinions. I think I’ve made my peace with that.”

For much more from Jake Gyllenhaal, pick up the latest issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday.

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