Last updated on August 4th, 2023 at 05:36 pm
Jared Leto (born December 26, 1971) is an American actor and musician. He came to prominence after his role as Jordan Catalano on the television series "My So-Called Life" (1994). He made his film debut in "How to Make an American Quilt" (1995) and received critical praise for his performance in Prefontaine (1997). He earned his huge fame for portraying heroin addict Harry Goldfarb in Requiem for a Dream (2000). His performance as a transgender woman in Dallas Buyers Club (2013) earned him an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award, and a Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Supporting Actor. His later movies are Suicide Squad (2016), Blade Runner 2049 (2017), The Little Things (2021), and House of Gucci (2021). His most recent film "Morbius" was released on 1st April 2022. He is the lead vocalist, multi-instrumentalist, and the main songwriter for Thirty Seconds to Mars, a band he formed with his older brother Shannon Leto. released his debut album (under his band name Thirty Seconds to Mars) titled 30 Seconds to Mars on August 27, 2002, via Immortal, and Virgin Records. The album charted at #107 in the U.S. and was certified as Silver in Britain. He was successfully able to sell 2 million albums worldwide. As of September 2014, they have sold over 15 million albums worldwide. He is also a businessman and has invested his money in a California-based airline, Surf Air.
Here are the 10 Things you didn't know about Jared Leto.
1. Jared Leto is the lead vocalist of the American rock band 'Thirty Seconds to Mars'
Leto started his own band "Thirty Seconds to Mars" with Tomo Milicevic and his brother Shannon Leto in the year 1998. He is the lead vocalist, multi-instrumentalist, and main songwriter for the band while Shannon plays drums and percussion and Tomo plays lead guitar, bass, violin, keyboards, and other instruments. The band's albums are; 30 Seconds to Mars (2002), A Beautiful Lie (2005), "This Is War" (2009), and "Love, Lust, Faith and Dreams" (2013), "America" (2018).
2. Jared Leto stars as the titular antihero in 2022 film "Morbius"
In November 2017, Sony Pictures announced plans for a film adaptation of "Morbius", the Living Vampire, which will be part of Sony's Spider-Man Universe. On 27th June 27, 2018, it was announced that Leto will star, and Daniel Espinosa will direct. The film was released on 1 April 2022. The film, which stars Jared Leto in the titular role, deals with biochemist Michael Morbius infecting himself with a form of vampirism while trying to cure himself of a rare blood disease. It also stars Matt Smith, Adria Arjona, and Jared Harris. In August 2020, it was announced that he would star as the character Ares in the yet-untitled "Tron 3" film, the sequel to 2010's "Tron: Legacy", which he later confirmed on his Instagram. On 28th January 2021, it was announced that he would star in a film directed by Darren Aronofsky titled "Adrift", in their first project together since "Requiem for a Dream".
3. He is considered a method actor
The lead singer of Thirty Seconds to Mars is very dedicated to his work. For his role in "Requiem for a Dream", he abstained from sex for two months, lost 25 pounds and he reportedly lived on the streets in Brooklyn to help him prepare for his role as a heroin addict. When he played John Lennon’s killer in "Chapter 27", he also went method and gained more than 60 pounds to play Mark Chapman. For his role in Dallas Buyers Club as the transgender woman, Rayon, he dropped 30 pounds, waxed his entire body, and stayed in character for the duration of filming.
4. Jared Leto is a philanthropist
Jared Leto has been active in several charitable pursuits. He has been volunteering at the charity Art of Elysium, which helps children with serious medical conditions. Further, he has supported the Barbara Davis Center for Childhood Diabetes, a program specializing in type 1 diabetes research and care. In June 2008, he joined Habitat for Humanity to work with Thirty Seconds to Mars on a home being repaired and renovated through the Greater Los Angeles Area's "A Brush With Kindness" program. Furthermore, he has supported Aid Still Required, a non-profit corporation committed to bringing attention and humanitarian aid to areas suffering from natural disasters or humanitarian crises. He has connected with and helped various organizations since arriving there, including J/P Haitian Relief Organization. In February 2015, Leto was named a global ambassador for World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), supporting online fundraisers and leading one for his 47th birthday in 2018.
5. He is a Tech Investor
Apart from being an actor and singer, Leto is also a technological investor. He took an early stake in the smart-home company Nest before Google purchased it for $3.2 billion. He also has stakes in Reddit, Uber, Airbnb, Slack. In 2011, Leto launched the online platform VyRT. Created as a live video streaming service, it also features social networking and official merchandise. In 2012, Leto became an investor in Surf Air, a California-based air service. He is also a funder for Reddit and Robinhood Markets.
6. Leto was not close with his father
The 50-years-old actor, Leto is the son of his parents; Constance Leto (mother) and Tony L. Bryant (father). His parents divorced when he was a child. Thus, he and his older brother, Shannon Leto, lived with their mother and their maternal grandparents, Ruby and William Lee Metrejon. His father remarried and committed suicide when he was only eight. Due to this, he did not have a strong relationship with his father, saying in the past that growing up "It’s really just always been my brother, my mother, and I. And as a kid, I never really knew any different. But when I look back on it, I can now see a single mother struggling and working hard and not having, you know, a lot of luxury around. There was a lot of homemade gifts giving around Christmas times and birthdays and stuff. But again, it was normal. It was the norm." Leto is his stepfather's surname. He also has two younger half-brothers from his father's second marriage.
7. He gets inspiration from Post-Apocalyptic dreams
Leto said one of his main areas of inspiration is his dreams, which are often post-apocalyptic themed. He claims that he has really wild dreams that sound almost nightmarish. "I have the craziest post-apocalyptic dreams," he told Rolling Stone. "It’s insane. Things out of science fiction books. Or I’m flying or something over a city. The wildest dreams. Hyper-real dreams. These dreams helped him inspire the songs on his band Thirty Seconds to Mars' first album. It was about space and dreams. At the time there were so many people screaming about their dads and shit - It was like an indulgent me, me, me thing. There were other things to sing about. I was more interested in imaginative, conceptual stuff."
8. He has dated a number of successful women
Leto's name was first linked with a model, Chanel Ryan. They were rumored to have been in a relationship. After that, he dated actress, Kristi McDaniel in 1999. From the year 1999 to 2003, he dated actress, Cameron Diaz, with whom he was reportedly engaged. The engagement was later called off in March 2003 and their relationship also came to an end. Then, he was rumored to be dating Corina Taylor, Angelina Jolie, Britney Spears. In 2004, he dated actress, Scarlett Johansson. They were spotted several times in Los Angeles together, but never made a statement about their relationship. They broke up in 2005 but hooked up again in 2012. He was also linked to fashion designer, businesswoman, former actress, and producer, Ashley Olsen in 2005, 2008, and 2011. He also reportedly hooked up with Lindsay Lohan in 2005 and Paris Hilton in 2008. In 2014, his name was linked with Lupita Nyong’o, Miley Cyrus., Emilia Clarke, Dimphy Janse, Katy Perry. Russian model Valery Kaufman and Jared were rumored to be dating for a couple of months from 2014 to 2015. He was next rumored to be dating American singer, Ashley Frangipane widely known as Halsey.
9. Jared Leto once lived in Haiti
He once lived in Haiti with his mum during his childhood and returned there after the earthquake in 2010 to volunteer in January 2011 to "reconnect" with his former home following the tremor of January 2010. After the 2010 Haiti earthquake, he released a book of photographs taken during his trip to the Caribbean country in 2011, in a bid to raise funds for the earthquake-ravaged country. He has connected with and helped various organizations since arriving there, including J/P Haitian Relief Organization. On 30th September 2014, he hosted the event Haiti: The Journey Is the Destination in New York City, benefitting those affected by the 2010 earthquake in the Caribbean country.
10. Leto lives a vegan lifestyle
Leto is a vegan and he supports animal rights. In 2008, he supported California Proposition 2 regarding the treatment of farm animals. He has been dedicated to being a vegan for over twenty years. He holds his eating habits responsible for being the reason he continues to appear youthful at the age of fifty. Further, he has also been nominated several times by PETA as one of the Sexiest Vegetarians Alive.