The Southpaw actor told Ellen DeGeneres he'd allow his mother to play matchmaker

By Lindsay Kimble
Updated April 27, 2015 02:30 PM

Jake Gyllenhaal is single and ready to mingle – but only with his mother’s approval.

The actor, 34, spoke candidly about his dating life with Ellen DeGeneres during an appearance on her show on Monday, and he admitted to some awkward relationship experiences.

“Well, one thing I always do is I always bring my dates to my mother’s house for the first date,” he said, joking. “I think that’s a good move.”

Gyllenhaal said he heeds his mother’s advice when it comes to women and would “absolutely” trust her to set him up.

“My mother believes, she thinks arranged marriages might be able to work. Ya know what I mean, like in a good way,” he added. “She thinks that if she picked for me that I’d do a lot better.”

The Southpaw actor told DeGeneres he’s currently single, despite sparking romance rumors earlier this year when he was seen stepping out several times with Ruth Wilson, his costar in the Broadway play Constellations.

Gyllenhaal also spoke about his past as a teenage boy bander during his appearance on Monday.

“I was in a really, really bad band when I was in high school,” he said. “The name of the band was called the Whole Shot.”

DeGeneres showed a picture of the teenage rockers, who composed their own music.

Justifying his erstwhile gig, Gyllenghaal quipped, “I was just the lyricist, so I wrote the lyrics.”

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