Dreams of dinner with the devil and suffers from germophobia: interesting facts about Jared Leto, who turns 50 (shock but fact) Today, the famous actor, singer, fashion icon and sex symbol Jared Leto celebrates his birthday - it's hard to believe, but he turned 50 years old. Time seems to have no power over Jared: it’s hard not to notice that over the years he hasn’t changed much - fans have long been wondering how he manages to stay forever young .
Jared Leto is a multifaceted personality: an Oscar-winning and successful actor, he is also a talented and very popular musician, who, together with his older brother Shannon , founded the rock band Thirty Seconds to Mars. We collected the most interesting facts about today's birthday that you might not know.
1.Jared grew up in a hippie community with his mother Constance, stepfather Carl (Leto is his last name) and brother Shannon. He has two blood brothers on his father's side. Jared's father committed suicide when Jared was eight years old.
Shannon and Jared Leto Shannon and Jared Leto
2.After briefly dropping out of school in the 10th grade, Jared nevertheless decided to return and continued his studies at Emerson Private School in Washington. But in the end he graduated from the Flint Hill School in Oakton (Virginia).
3.At his first job, Jared washed dishes. At the age of 12, he got a job in a small eatery, where he received $ 1.57 an hour. At the age of 16, he began to earn extra money as a doorman.
4.Jared showed a great interest in art since childhood, and after school he entered the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. He later transferred to the University of Fine Arts in New York. While studying there, he wrote his first screenplay for a film. It was a short film "Crying Joy", in which Jared played the main role.
5.For the role of a heroin addict in the film "Requiem for a Dream", which made him famous, Jared Leto lost 13 kilograms, tortured himself with hunger and refused sex for two months. He also claimed to have lived on the streets of New York to get into the role.
Jennifer Connelly and Jared Leto in Requiem for a Dream
6.The actor sent strange gifts to his colleagues on the set of the film "Suicide Squad" in order to better get used to the role of his character Joker. So, Margot Robbie got a live rat from him, and Will Smith got a box of bullets. A common gift for the entire cast from Leto was the carcass of a dead pig.
Jared Leto in the movie Suicide Squad
7.Jared calls the severed human ear the strangest gift sent to him. Who sent such an unusual gift, Jared did not know, but he treated him with humor. He joked that he made a hole in his ear and wore it as a pendant around his neck.
8.After working in the movie "Chapter 27" the actor was diagnosed with gout. The fact is that for the role of Mark Chapman, Leto gained almost 30 kilograms, and then rapidly lost 10 kilograms in 10 days. His liquid diet included a drink of lemon juice, maple syrup, cayenne pepper, and water.
Jared Leto in "Chapter 27" Jared Leto in "Chapter 27"
9.While filming Alexander, Leto fell in love with his co-star Angelina Jolie. Unrequited - which, according to Jared, took a toll on his self-esteem.
Jared Leto in Alexander
10.Jared Leto formed Thirty Seconds to Mars with his brother Shannon in 1998. Then Jared was already well known in Hollywood, but really did not want to use his name to promote the group - their debut album was in development for several years and was released only in 2002.
11.Jared has a pseudonym Bartholomew Cubbins (that was the name of the character in children's books by the American writer Dr. Seuss). He uses it when he acts as a director and makes videos or music videos. Being a rather modest star, Jared prefers to remain in the background and not use his name once again.
12.Jared's personal life has always remained under a veil of secrecy. Many years ago he met and was engaged to Cameron Diaz . He was also romantically linked with Scarlett Johansson, Paris Hilton , Lindsay Lohan and other stars. Now he is dating Russian model Valeria Kaufman, but the couple is rarely seen together. The actor has never been married. He has no children.
13.At one of the concerts of Thirty Seconds to Mars, fans broke Jared's nose. It happened by chance: Jared always interacts closely with fans at performances. And they, of course, do not miss the opportunity to touch the idol. So, once in the resulting flea market they injured him. Despite the injury, Jared not only continued his performance, but also called it one of the best.
14.Many of Leto's guitars are custom made to his own design. He names musical instruments. One of his guitars is called Pythagoras, the other is Artemis.
15.Jared Leto advocated the legalization of same-sex marriage in the United States. The actor also actively supports the LGBTQ community. And for the role of a transvestite with AIDS in the film "Dallas Buyers Club" Leto in 2014 received an Oscar in the nomination "Best Supporting Actor".
Jared Leto in Dallas Buyers Club
16.Jared is a vegetarian and an animal rights activist. In 2015, he became an ambassador for the World Wildlife Fund.
17.Jared says he hardly ever drinks alcohol. He uses it for other purposes - as a mouthwash.
18.He has volunteered for Art of Elysium, a charity that helps children with serious illnesses.
19.When asked who he would invite to a dream dinner party, Jared says that God, the devil and Natalie Portman would be his guests .
20.Jared leads an active lifestyle and enjoys sports. He practices yoga, hiking and extreme sports.
21.But Leto has a special love for mountaineering. We can say that rock climbing is one of his main hobbies. Despite the fact that several times the hobby could turn into a tragedy for him , Leto did not stop climbing rocks. According to him, rock climbing taught him a lot.
22.Leto can rightly be called the main icon of men's fashion of our time. Each of his appearances is always a fashionable event that attracts a lot of attention. Jared's close friend is Gucci creative director Alessandro Michele.
23.Jared is a germophobe. He is afraid of bacteria and germs, so he does not like to shake hands.
24.Jared is a true master of reincarnation. He is not afraid to radically change his appearance for work in films and often appears in films completely unrecognizable .
Jared Leto in the movie House of Gucci
25. Because of the long hair, the actor is often compared to Jesus Christ.
The actor himself was ironic about this on the social network.
26. Jared Leto has repeatedly visited Russia with his band and became a guest of the Evening Urgant show. He repeatedly confessed his love for his Russian fans and our country. He also likes Russian cuisine - he noted that he loves dumplings. Jared has not yet mastered Russian, but he has already learned some phrases.
Jared Leto with a Russian fan
27. Leto often goes on retreats, where he spends time away from civilization. So, when the coronavirus pandemic began, the actor was just spending time in the desert without communication with the outside world. There, for 12 days, he meditated and engaged in self-knowledge. When he returned home, he was shocked to find out what was going on in the world.