Jake Gyllenhaal Surprised ‘Presumed Innocent’ Costars with Sweet Treat

Jake Gyllenhaal shared his sweet tooth with his Presumed Innocent costars!

Speaking exclusively to PEOPLE at the premiere of the Apple TV+ series at the Tribeca Film Festival on Sunday, June 9, Gyllenhaal’s costar Kingston Rumi Southwick revealed the actor, 43, surprised the cast and crew with some tasty treats during filming.

“Jake bought ice cream trucks to set and it was a really good family environment with the cast, with the crew, with the directors and everybody. It’s phenomenal,” the young star, who plays Gyllenhaal’s on-screen son Kyle Sabich in the drama, shares.

Southwick also revealed that his costar Ruth Negga was “definitely the trickster” on set and would help the cast decompress during the “intense” shoot.

“She would [make] paper airplanes and write notes to people and would make everybody laugh, especially O-T [Fagbenle]. It just was nice to have those intense moments and have that real dramatic feelings and then feel good and then to laugh,” he says.

Kingston Rumi Southwick, Renate Reinsve, Nana Mensah, Jake Gyllenhaal, Lily Rabe, James Hiroyuki Liao, and Tate Birchmore.

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The eight-episode show is based on the 1987 New York Times bestseller of the same name by Scott Turow and stars Gyllenhaal, Negga, Fagbenle, Bill Camp, Elizabeth Marvel, Peter Sarsgaard, Lily Rabe and Renate Reinsve.

Gyllenhaal is also the show’s executive producer, along with J.J. Abrams and David E. Kelley.

Presumed Innocent follows Rusty Sabich (Gyllenhaal), a Chicago prosecutor who is accused of the very murder he is supposed to be investigating after he has an affair with the victim right before her death. 

The book was previously adapted into the 1990 film starring Harrison Ford. In a similar vein, Gyllenhaal recently remade Road House, taking on the character played by Patrick Swayze in the 1989 film of the same title. 

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Jake Gyllenhaal (center) and Bill Camp in ‘Presumed Innocent’.

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Also speaking exclusively to PEOPLE at the limited series’ premiere, Gyllenhaal explained that playing Sabich presented an “interesting challenge” and was “not that easy.”

“I think he is very particular as a character, but I think that David Kelly sets up a really, really complex situation,” he says. “I think that’s what drew him to it. It also drew me to it — of all the questions that come. But I think one of the other things that really drew me to it was the question of the family. That in this story you really explore that whole world, and how everybody gets embroiled and enmeshed in it.”

Gyllenhaal told The Hollywood Reporter earlier this month that he modeled some of his Presumed Innocent character’s signature habits after his godfather, Paul Newman, who often tucked his glasses midway down his buttoned dress shirt. 

“He also wore them hanging from his ear and stuff like that,” Gyllenhaal said.

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Jake Gyllenhaal in ‘Presumed Innocent’.

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As executive producer, Gyllenhaal had a hand in casting and he told CNN he knew his brother-in-law, 53-year-old Sarsgaard — who is married to his sister, actor and director Maggie Gyllenhaal — would be a perfect fit for the antagonistic role as another prosecutor in Sabich’s office who suspects he is guilty. 

“Peter is such an incredible actor because he demands, in the space of acting or in the scene, a type of honesty and I think that’s the same thing he asks for as a person,” Gyllenhaal said.

The first two episodes of Presumed Innocent will be available to stream on Apple TV+ on Wednesday, June 12, and new episodes of the show will be released every Wednesday until July 24. 

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