Those Jake Gyllenhaal and Rooney Mara Dating Rumors? Sorry, They've Been Squashed

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Trying to think up couple names for Jake Gyllenhaal and Rooney Mara? You can give your brain a break.

Rumors started flying that the actors were an item after photos surfaced of them walking side-by-side in New York City on June 18.

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Many claimed that the two looked flirty, but the pics also only showed Gyllenhaal and Mara in the frame. If you zoom out, however, you'll see a guy in a gray shirt to the right of the Southpaw star. His name is Charlie McDowell, and he's not only an actor, but he's also Mara's longtime, live-in boyfriend.


Yup. Sorry, Marahaal hopefuls!

While it's not totally clear how Gyllenhaal and Mara know each other, A-list Hollywood is a pretty small world. Plus, the Carol star's older sister, Kate Mara, was in 2005's Brokeback Mountain, one of Gyllenhaal's most well-known films.

Mara, 31, has been with McDowell for about six years. Gyllenhaal, on the other hand, has been linked to a number of actresses over the years, including Kirsten Dunst, Taylor Swift and Reese Witherspoon. The 35-year-old actor most recently had the rumor mill churning around him possibly dating Charlize Theron and Dakota Johnson.

Last July, Gyllenhaal revealed that despite his many relationships, he's only been in love "twice." During an appearance on Howard Stern's Sirius XM radio show in July, he admitted that his exes shouldn't blame themselves for those breakups. "It was me, man," he told Stern. "I think I probably just got scared."

Nonetheless, he also admitted, "I love love, man. Are you kidding me?"

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In fact, that same month, Gyllenhaal told ET's Kevin Frazier that he hopes to have a family one day. "I am not a father yet, but it is definitely a dream of mine, should I be lucky to have that happen," he revealed.

Hear more of his interview with ET in the video below.