This weeks Hump Day Hottie was born on December 19th, 1980 in Los Angeles, CA and is a descendant of Swedish nobility on his fathers side and a New York City Jewish-American family on his mothers side.
He started acting at the age of eleven and his short career has seen performances in diverse roles.
He was raised Jewish and his Bar Mitzvah took place at a homeless shelter because his parents wanted to instill in him a sense of gratitude for his privileged lifestyle.
His parents insisted that he had summer jobs to support himself and he worked as a lifeguard and busboy.
His film debut was in the 1991 film City Slickers.
He attended Columbia Uninversity to study Eastern Religions and philosophy but dropped out after 2 years to concentrate on his acting career.
He has received an Acadamy Award nomination and one a British Acadamy of Film & Television Arts Award.
He has taken an activist role in supporting political and social causes.
He appeared in Rock the Vote advertising, campaigned for the Democratic party in the 2004 election and has promoted environmental causes and the American Civil Liberties Union.
He has two dogs. A German Shepherd named Atticus and a Puggle name Boo Radley.
He has appeared in movies such as City Slickers, October Sky, Bubble Boy, Highway, Moonlight Mile, The Good Girl and Proof but is best known for the cult classic Donnie Darko, the blockbuster thriller The Day After Tomorrow and the Acadamy Award winning Brokeback Mountain where he co-stars with Heath Ledger as sheep herders who secretly fall in love in the 1960's.
This weeks Hump Day Hottie is ~ Jake Gyllenhaal