Jake Gyllenhaal thinks that women are "superior" to men and admits he is constantly inspired by his female family members.
The 'Brokeback Mountain' star is devoted to his nieces and insists that they are just the latest in a long line of "incredible" ladies in his family, whilst outside his family someone like Greta Thunberg motivates him to make changes in his life.
He said: "[Women] are superior to men."
The 40-year-old actor's actress sister Maggie Gyllenhall , 43, and her husband, 'Shattered Glass' star Peter Sarsgaard, 50, have two daughters together Ramona, 14, and Gloria Ray, nine, and he is proud to play an active role in their lives.
Jake regularly has both girls stay over at his house to give their parents a break and to really get to know them as they grow up.
In an interview with The Sunday Times newspaper, he said: "They are truly two of the most incredible people. They come from a long line of incredible women and they're even more incredible than the ones before them."
Revealing why he wanted to do more with his nieces after years of just seeing them "at a dinner or a thing", he added: "[They come] to stay with me, you know, when my sister and my brother-in-law need a break, and actually having the time to say let's spend five days together. Getting to know them and watching them grow up and actually sitting and listening to their experiences and the things that they're going through."
Jake never tries to parent the girls and gives them the freedom of his home.
He said: "Because they are the farthest from being a handful that you could imagine. And they're really not on their phones. Their father taught them a lot about the outdoors and the country, it's very important to him. So they find trees more interesting than phones, which is a rarity."