Jared Leto is born in Bossier City, Louisiana to Constance Leto and Anthony Bryant. He has a brother named Shannon.
When Leto is eight, the family moves in with Leto’s maternal grandparents following his own parents’ divorce. His mother having joined the hippie movement, Leto is influenced by artists, musicians, photographers, painters and people in theater from a young age.
Just having the art communal hippie experience as a child, there wasn’t a clear line that was drawn. We celebrated creative experience and creative expression. We didn’t try and curtail it and stunt any of that kind of growth.
Leto plays Vitaly Orlov, the brother of the world’s greatest gun dealer in this crime drama directed by Andrew Niccol. Orlov struggles with addiction and being the looser brother of one so successful. Always loyal and loving, one day his impulsive nature mixes with arms dealing and ends in tragedy. Also starring Nicolas Cage, Ethan Hawke and Bridget Moynahan.
Hes an innocent in a lot of ways. Hes a very simple person who really doesnt have the resources or the strength, ultimately, to handle the situation. I think hes very emotionally and intimately affected by the circumstances and situations that he experiences through his travels with Yuri.
Leto stars as Nemo Nobody in Mr. Nobody, a science fiction film based on the idea that one choice can change the whole course of your life. The movie examines the different lives that could be lived by Nemo based on his own choices.
Leto stars in Dallas Buyers Club as Ron Woodroof, a hustler who works with an electrician to help get medication to AIDS patients after he is diagnosed with the disease himself. The film is a drama set in 1985.
My character actually isn’t real. She’s an amalgamation of several people. I base her on some people I had met in real life, some transgender people that were really kind and shared their life with me and taught me so much about that world, but I was actually able to have a bit more free rein because it wasn’t based on a real person.
Seacrest interviews during On Air With Ryan Seacrest about the weight loss for his role in the film Dallas Buyers Club.
The weight (loss) is great because it helps change the way you walk, the way you talk, the way you think, the way people treat you and I was playing someone who was dying of AIDS and was also a drug addict, so it was kind of a necessity. I stopped eating, literally. I had a very short period of time of which to do it and at the end of the day, it’s just math. You have to burn more calories than you take in.
Leto is nominated for Best Supporting Actor at the 86th Academy Awards for portraying Rayon in Dallas Buyers Club.
It feels absolutely amazing, and I’m incredibly honored to be part of this insanity. It’s an absolute dream and I’m so proud to be part of a $4 million film about people fighting for their lives.
Leto wins Oscar for best supporting actor for his performance in Dallas Buyers Club. Leto thanks his mother, older brother, the audience, people who have lost the battle to AIDS, and his agents.
In 1971 Bossier city, Louisiana, there was a teenage girl who was pregnant with her second child. She was a high school dropout and a single mom, but somehow, she managed to make a better life for herself and her children. She encouraged her kids to be creative, to work hard and to do something special. That girl is my mother, and she’s here tonight. I love you, Mom; thank you for teaching me to dream.
Seacrest interviews Leto during On Air With Ryan Seacrest and questions him about his single Afrojack.
It was a lot of fun, and it’s kind of our little summer song. I think it’s good to do things that are unexpected. It keeps it exciting and collaboration is always an interesting thing. A couple of years ago, I invited Kanye West to sing on a song and everyone was like, What the?’ But it was really cool and it let to all these other collaborations with him.
Fallon offers Leto a quick shave during their interview.
Leto accepts the ALS challenge and nominates every one in the auditorium.
Altman leads Reddit’s $50 million Series B round with Andreesen Horowitz and Sequoia Capital, as well as individual investors including Leto, Dogg, Kushner, Livingston, Kevin and Julia Hartz, Mariam Naficy, and Reddit CEO Yishan Wong. Valuation is $500 million. Altman:
I’m willing to be very patient. I don’t have any particular timeframe in mind. I believe that the community is very valuable and that the value will continue to increase. Up to the company if they want to share cashflow details, but they run the company efficiently.
Leto speaks to Billboard magazine about the movie Suicide Squad and his part as the iconic Joker. Unlike his Oscar-winning role in Dallas Buyers Club for which he had to lose 40 lbs, this time he needs to put on weight.
Do you mind if I eat a little? I’m trying to gain a lot of weight. It means I have to eat every couple of hours – and I’m terrible at eating a lot.
Ayer reveals the first look of Leto as The Joker in Suicide Squad.