Jared Leto talks about his journey thus far as an actor and musician in the upcoming issue of Details magazine. In the article, he talks about his mother being a circus acrobat, his rebellious youth and how wearing a dress is not a big deal – but he’ll always wear underwear.
Check out highlights of the interview after the jump!
DETAILS: You and Kanye West recorded a song together called “Hurricane,” which is in part about persecution. Did you bond over all your haters?
Jared Leto: I see Kanye as a fellow artist. I think there’s a connection there, but I don’t think it’s about feeling persecuted. It doesn’t matter if you’re President Barack Obama or Bono or the Pope—there’s someone out there who wants to fuck you and someone who wants to kill you.
DETAILS: After that [My So-Called Life] you took darker roles, from a heroin addict in Requiem for a Dream to Lennon’s murderer, Mark David Chapman, in Chapter 27. Did you feel the need to ugly yourself up to be taken seriously?
Jared Leto: I didn’t want to take on really corny movies that focused on people’s looks, if that’s what you mean. My heroes were Christopher Walken, Dennis Hopper, Sean Penn, Daniel Day-Lewis. Those are the actors I thought, “Wow, those guys are pushing themselves as far as they can go.”
DETAILS: In concert you wear eyeliner, crazy hairstyles, elaborate outfits. Do you regard it as another acting gig?
Jared Leto: No, no, no. As a musician, it’s about revealing more of who you really are. I’m not handed a script with dialogue; there’s no cinematographer or editor. I’m not so interested in creating a persona. There have been shows where I’ve been very plain and shows where I’ve worn a dress. I’ve got a skirt on right now. I was in Japan and all the busboys were wearing them.
DETAILS: Would you wear it without the sweatpants underneath?
Jared Leto: No, I leave that to the Scottish.
DETAILS: You’ve gone out in public in drag.
Jared Leto: I walked down Madison Avenue in a spaghetti-strap tank top and black-fringe wig, and I thought that I would pass with flying colors, but I didn’t. My shoulders were too big. My jaw was too big. I was just trying to disappear. It wasn’t like I was getting in touch with my inner transvestite, which I’m sure is inside of us all somewhere.
For more of the interview, go here…