By Jennifer Ferrise
Updated Apr 07, 2016 @ 12:00 pm
Credit: Fox Searchlight Pictures

If you've seen the trailer for Jake Gyllenhaal's new dramedy Demolition, you know that his wife, played by actress Heather Lind, isn't alive in the movie for very long. In fact, the entire film is based on the unraveling and eventual rebuilding of Gyllenhaal's character after he loses her in a car crash. But according to Lind, her shortened screen time as Gyllenhaal’s betrothed still left a lasting impression.

“I like to tell people, I'm only alive for a few minutes of the film, but I married Jake for eternity,” Lind joked at an N.Y.C. screening of Demolition. So what is it really like to play the actor's partner-in-crime? “It's pretty great,” she says. “Once the sort of sheen wears off that it's Jake Gyllenhaal, you find out that he is the nicest guy."

Credit: Fox Searchlight Pictures

One important thing that Lind learned about the actor while they were filming in New York City? He has great taste in restaurants. “Jake took the cast and the crew to this amazing dumpling place in Chinatown. It was like 25 of us that descended on this tiny little spot and he showed us how to do dumplings right,” she says. “Really, it's just fun to work with someone that you look up to and see that they are cool in person too.”

In the film, which also stars Naomi Watts and Chris Cooper, Gyllenhaal plays Davis, an investment banker who writes a series of personal letters to a vending machine company as a way to deal with his wife's sudden passing. An exclusive clip from the film (below), shows some of those honest admissions, like that he never really knew his wife while they were married. “When you lose someone, there is a tendency to immortalize them and turn them into heroes,” adds Lind. “But what I love about this movie is that these characters have imperfections. They aren’t angels or devils, but real people.”

Watch the exclusive clip from Demolition above and catch the film in select theaters from Friday, April 8.