Leo DiCaprio: ‘When I want someone to be my friend, I just make them my friend’

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Leonardo DiCaprio covers the June issue of British GQ… for no real reason. He doesn’t have a movie coming out this year. He’s been doing work with environmental causes for several months, but he doesn’t talk about that in this piece. The only explanation I can come up with is that this Leo interview is sort of his victory lap, post-Oscars. The interview apparently took place in February, pre-Oscars though. It happened the weekend Leo was in London for the BAFTAs and he spent the weekend hanging out with his bros. The GQ writer notes: “Tobey Maguire, Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu and Rick Yorn were the only men in his orbit. Supermodels come and go, but friendship offers what fame dissolves: friendship.” Interesting, I guess. I take issue with the idea of “King Leo” though – he’s the alpha wolf in his wolf pack, not the King Wolf. Some highlights from Leo’s interview:

Leo on Tobey Maguire: “I just made him my pal. When I want someone to be my friend, I just make them my friend.”

Leo on drug addicts: “I would walk outside my house and it was everywhere – crackheads everywhere. It made me think twice. It was a great lesson, and I’m not saying that’s what kids need to see, in order to run away from it. But it was just never going to be an option for me.”

Leo on his dad: “My dad has been incredibly influential. I give him credit for so many of my choices as an actor, especially early on, steering me towards non-obvious sorts of characters and to take risks. My father says basically this: “No matter what you do, two things matter. Try to lead an interesting life and no matter what your life is like, try to find a way to wake up every morning and just be happy you can put your pants on.”‘

[From British GQ]

The fatherly advice sounds straight out of George Clooney’s playbook. Don’t get me wrong, I think George Clooney adores and respects his father, just as Leo adores and respects his father too. But putting the fatherly advice out there for public consumption? It’s a Clooney move. And I have no idea what this means: “When I want someone to be my friend, I just make them my friend.” Does Leo make them an offer they can’t refuse? Is he so Alpha Wolf that dudes are just willing to drop everything to be his friend if Leo gives the nod?

Also: Entertainment Tonight claims that Rihanna and Leo were spending time together this weekend in Las Vegas. They were both attending the opening of Intrigue Nightclub and ET’s source insists that they were “whispering into each other’s ears.” They left the club around the same time but made a point of NOT walking out together. I don’t know you guys… have Leo and Rihanna been quietly hooking up this whole g—damn time?

Photos courtesy of Getty, Fame/Flynet, cover courtesy of British GQ.

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  1. Wiffie says:

    People talk about the intimacy in the way leo and riri talk so close…. But they are at a concert. You can’t talk unless you are right up in someone’s drums. It really doesn’t mean anything per se.

  2. Sarah says:

    Very into Leo & Riri, but would they ever go public? What about Drake on his high tower?

    • Starkiller says:

      I’m not sure why, but this comment just made me laugh so hard, so thank you for that.

  3. AlmondJoy says:

    Seriously? So you can just force people to be your friends?? Lol. I’m in the process to explaining to my kindergarteners that you CAN’T do this. Gotta try your hardest to be kind and loyal and caring in hopes that others will want to be friends with you!

    I’m find with everything else he said here. The first statement was just kinda ridiculous lol.

    • V4Real says:

      Leo said this years ago. He said when he and other young actors at that time were going after the same roles instead of competing against them, he just befriended them.

  4. I Choose Me says:

    Eh. I think they’re friends who casually hook up sometimes. Same as her sitch with Drake.

  5. Naya says:

    ” have Leo and Rihanna been quietly hooking up this whole g—damn time?”

    YES. Sorry to shout but seriously how is this still a question? They have a F–k Buddy set up. She has this arrangement with a few others including Drake. Leos public gfs know to be greatful for the increased profile and not to expect monogamy. Its as clear as day.

    • Wellsie says:

      I would love to know who else Rihanna deals with because this is amazing.

    • V4Real says:

      This reminds me of a blind item on CDAN a couple of years ago which most people said it was about Leo. It was about a high profile Oscar nominated actor who only dates blondes in public but in secret he was bedding Black women as well.

  6. Cee says:

    GQ’s title is obnoxious.

  7. perplexed says:

    ““I just made him my pal. When I want someone to be my friend, I just make them my friend.””

    I don’t find his statement weird given who he is. Because of his status, most people probably want to be his friend, without him having to try very hard. I don’t think that’s necessarily what he was trying to say, but I believe his experience as a movie star is such that I don’t think he has to put a lot of effort into making friends like the rest of us do. I don’t see his statement as untrue in his case.

    I don’t think what he said about his dad was out of place either. He likes his parents.

    • meme says:

      I agree. I like Leo. He’s a good actor and he makes good movies. I’d happily be his friend.

    • V4Real says:

      Like I said up top before I read your comment, Leo said that years ago. When he was auditioning for roles he met other young actors such as Toby Maguire. Instead of turning it into a competition against the other actors, he just befriended them instead. I don’t see anything wrong with that.

  8. GingerNYC says:

    “You mean tonite, boo boo? Club wise?” Leo will now forever be in my heart because of this text to J Lo when she was doing car pool karaoke. It was just so cool but also very sweet, not what I would have expected from Leo. And I LOVE that he called her boo boo!!

    • LadyoftheLoch says:

      Yes, that was pretty epic. I loathe his way of bedding blondes like they’re part of his personal smorgasbord or sushi conveyor belt, but as an actor? Phenomenal. As a man? I like that he is spontaneous, still a dreamer, a thinker, a philanthropist. And I LOVE that he called her boo boo, and was up for clubbing, just because.

    • Miss M says:

      hahahahahaha, I will never forget that!

    • Jag says:

      Yes!

    • CharlotteCharlotte says:

      That text was the cherry on top. Leo’s personal life doesn’t interest me too much (aside from celebitchy), but his activism is my jam. And that text. That text.

  9. Danny says:

    Ew @ his bloated face.

  10. Sklyar says:

    The title is off, Leo is Leo bc he’s a lone wolf not a king. He’s been able to be successful in traditional dramatic films while his colleagues need to add franchises and indies. As for Leo & Ri… It lightens his demeanor if true but I doubt it’s true. He has no relash skills.

  11. elns says:

    I don’t really “like” Leo the Model Man. His whole male squad thing kind of freaks me out, but he becomes strangely more acceptable with RiRi. I want her to run from him, yet when I see the candid photos of him whispering in her ear I find the possibility of them having something clandestine unfortunately hot. But who are we fooling. No way could he handle or appreciate her.

  12. Zaytabogota says:

    I heard those quotes in different interviews from him years ago. They just patched them together to make it seem like he was talking to them. I like his dad’s advice.