Jared Leto might not marry: ‘I know absolutely nothing about women’

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I’ve been wondering, more and more, if Jared Leto is pissed off because no one really cares about his portrayal of The Joker in Suicide Squad. Leto was cast soon after he won his Oscar, and many thought that Leto would be the stand-out. But in all of the advanced publicity around Suicide Squad, Margot Robbie is the stand-out. People are really excited to see Harley Quinn, not so much Leto’s Joker. So, Leto is back to hustling a little bit, which is how he ended up shirtless on the cover of Rolling Stone. Since I don’t know much about Leto’s life, I found the RS interview pretty interesting. Random notes: he drives a non-descript “GMC Yukon SUV he’s owned since 1996.” He has an honest-to-God guillotine at his home, which is a former military base. He buys crazy stuff at auctions and he’s a really smart investor, making early investments in Nest, Reddit, Uber, Airbnb and Slack. You can read the full RS piece here. Some highlights:

He’s vegan-ish: “I’m actually a cheagan, a cheating vegan. I don’t eat meat ever. But if someone’s mom made a cookie and handed it to me, I’d probably take a bite, or if I’m in Alaska and there’s wild salmon out of the river, I’d probably eat it.”

The roles he turned down: “There were so many people that didn’t understand. There were people in this town who thought it was insane. There were films that I decided not to do because I had tiny little tours, and people would just lose their minds. And some of them turned into the biggest movies ever made.”

He used to think he would die young: “It’s a pretty common thought, especially for any maniacal narcissist. And if you live a life with some risk, or have seen people die young, it’s easier to understand that could be a possibility.”

His preparation for Requiem for a Dream. He hung out with actual junkies on the street and “they would shoot up dope and I would shoot up water. People would be uncomfortable if they’re all shooting up and you’re not. I wasn’t sharing a needle. To shoot up anything is intense. That was a long time ago. I wouldn’t do that again.”

His thoughts on Heath Ledger’s performance as The Joker: “Heath did an impeccable, perfect performance as the Joker. It’s one of the best performances ever in cinema. I had met Heath before. I didn’t know him well, but he was a beautiful person. I think had it only been portrayed by Heath and it was never a comic book, maybe I would have felt that would be inappropriate. But I thought that given the history, it was OK. The good thing about other people having done this is that you know what direction not to head in.”

Drugs: “My experience with drugs? I did them, lots of them. A lot of them were really fun. There are just those few that tend to kick you in the ass. I guess at some point, too, there’s a decision: Is this going to be my life? I made a choice to pursue other dreams. I guess that’s just the kind of f–ked thing about a lot of drugs: The opportunity cost is too high. Some drugs are incredible, but the risk versus reward is out of line. I just saw too many examples of what not to do.”

His criminal past: “I was always really fast. I guess there were some undercover cops at one store, and they came out running after us. My friend ran out of steam and kind of slowed down. They grabbed him and threw him to the ground, and I just kept running. There are few greater feelings in the world than running from the police and getting away.”

His romantic life: “Even if I was in a relationship or maybe if I was having kids, I don’t know if I would share that information publicly… You know what I’ve learned about women? I know absolutely nothing about women.” There are no truths, he suggests, that apply to women as a group. “The older I get, it’s just people. I just see people.”

He doesn’t know if he’ll ever marry: “It’s just how things are. I don’t think there’s a definitive decision that I’ve made.”

He might have a kid out there: “You never know. Someone could always come up to a show and give me a little surprise visit. ‘Dad?’ In a way, that would be kind of f–king beautiful. What an incredible surprise that would be!”

[From Rolling Stone]

Leto is 44 years old right now, and he tells RS that he feels “old.” I kind of like that we don’t know much about his personal life these days, and he really does seem enigmatic (although some of it comes across as an affectation). Oh, and he also talks a bit about My So-Called Life, basically saying that it was a “short period in my life” and he never really understood why it was so popular. When RS points out that Jordan Catalano was the “object of desire,” Jared seems pleased with that interpretation, saying: “Oh, yeah. It was about time. I’m happy to have taken that, uh, baton or whatever.”


Photos courtesy of Rolling Stone.

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  1. Margo S. says:

    First of all. Shooting up water sounds nasty. Secondly, he’s 44?! He looks 14. And third, hilarious kaiser because you are so right. He is so sad that no one cares about his joker. He tried waaaay to hard to be “crazy” and it just came across as embarrassing.

  2. LannisterForever says:

    I actually really liked this interview and feel like I got to know him a little. And I’m eager to see how his Joker is – I’m hoping for either awesome or awful.

    • bettyrose says:

      I liked it too. I mean, the whole “I see women as individual people” shouldn’t be applauded as some kind of brilliant revelation, but sadly it’s not necessarily a common attitude in Hollywood, so I’m glad he said it.

      I really like him. He was so so pretty in the 90s, but he hasn’t rested on that for his career. He and Mathew Mc really overcame being beautiful boys to develop into serious actors.

    • Size Does Matter says:

      Liked the interview, too. Just rewatched My So Called Life. My God in heaven was he perfection back in the day. It was weird for me because now I totally identify with the mom instead of the daughter though.

      • Little Darling says:

        I watched it recently too, and while Jordan Catalano is one of the best tortured hot characters out there, I definitely couldn’t resononate with the kids anymore, but more the adults. What a great show though, such well written characters.

        Jordan Catalano is on par with Jake Ryan, opposite ends of the spectrum character wise, but forever indelibly etched in the heart of my young self.

      • Size Does Matter says:

        The only thing I could remember about the plot was “Jordan Catalano is smokin hot.” My 13yo daughter even agreed with me about that. Now when it feels like we fight about everything, at least we will always have Jordan Catalano.

  3. Dana m says:

    My husband had several 1×1 phone call conversations w/JL regarding some of JL’s business ideas. He said he was surprised JL was very business savvy and smart. He did mention that he seemed a bit full of himself. My husband didn’t know who he was…, LOL. My husband’s assistant was like…”he won an Oscar , he has been in several movies…”

  4. eggy weggs says:

    He is a weird-looking dude. I love that pink bomber/varsity jacket, though.

  5. pikawho? says:

    I only ever think of this photo when I think of him. It still cracks me up all these years later.


    Does anyone else remember the old school ONTD pap posts that were just him wandering around the street shirtless like a knockoff McCoughnahey?

  6. Peanutbuttr says:

    Leto has always been weird. I remember his interviews during the MSCL days and he didn’t seem at all comfortable with his teen idol status

    I was talking to a friend yesterday about all the wannabe musicians among actors. Jared is really the only one who has had a successful band and a fairly successful acting career

    • yolo112 says:

      I took my son to his first concert (30 Seconds, AFI and Lincoln Park) and he puts on an amazing show! He has a great stage presence and sounds just like the recordings (no auto-tuning or whatever). Jared was signing cd’s and my son met him. He hugged him and thanked him for coming to his show, how he was honored that my son made his performance his first concert. Needless to say, my son is a HUGE fan now and can’t wait for this movie to come out.

  7. Chanteloup says:

    Ugh, he just oozes skeeve to me.
    And he’s the one that called himself a “maniacal narcissist.”
    I believe him.

  8. Lucy says:

    He comes across better than I thought he would. It’s nice to know a bit more about him, although it’s also nice not to know everything.

  9. Asiyah says:

    I hate that after all of these years I still have a huge crush on him LOL but I do. He does seem very full of himself (and he knows it too. ‘maniacal narcissist’) and like the type of dude I could only take in small doses, but those small doses are all I need lol

  10. ann says:

    I personally thought margot’s harley quinn was cringe worthy.

  11. als says:

    He’s not really enigmatic, what you see is what you get. IMO
    I think he would marry if he considered marriage a good investment. Very business like mind there. And for some people marriage will never be a good investment.

    I like what he says about seeing women as people.

  12. Mika says:

    I cannot read any of his interviews with a positive thought. his rape allegations still “haunts” me. he’s still creepy af to me. Who the fuck sends used condoms to their co-stars? The joker role that he got was just an excuse to openly be an asshole. I’m actually kinda happy that his joker portrayal didn’t get much hype compared to margot’s harley. I mean, Harley was crazy too but you don’t hear stories of Margot sending her used tampons to Jared and the others..

  13. Marty says:

    He has always been and always will be a major d-bag.

  14. SM says:

    He may be a talented actor, may have a decent voice and a real skill in directing (i understand he directs his band’s videos and has an eye for good visual) he even may be quite business savvy and may be considered good looking but I still wouldn’t want to marry him. There is something devious to him. He looks like he would be a crappy boyfriend and henxe even worse husband. His method approach on the set of suicide squad seems way out of line. More like actions of a maniacal narcissist as he said him self rather than an actor trying to do the best job he can. He does get a point from me for actually calling him self that. The problem is I think in his head that is something to be proud of.

  15. Veronica says:

    Pfft, of course he doesn’t understand women. It’s hard to have a love affair when you’re already married to yourself.

    J/K His comment on women is actually pretty great. Women as human beings, who knew?

  16. anon says:

    He may be a d-bag but I love his honesty