Jared Leto. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson October 21, 2016 10:25am EDT – Compiled by Egypt Today
CAIRO – 26 December 2017: Today the extremely talented Academy Award winning actor, musician, director and philanthropist Jared Joseph Leto celebrates his 46th birthday. Yet, he doesn’t look like he has been around in the industry for decades; he has constantly praised his Vegan diet as it is rumored to be why he doesn’t look a day over 30.
“I've always liked Saturn. But I also have some sympathy for Pluto because I heard it's been downgraded from a planet, and I think it should remain a planet. Once you've given something planetary status, it's kind of mean to take it away.” - Jared Leto
He grew up in Bossier City, Louisiana, with older brother Shannon and mother Constance. He was always encouraged to be creative, artistic and to pressure his musical career. He continued with painting by taking it up at the Philadelphia's University of the Arts.
In 1992, he moved to Los Angeles in order to pressure the American dream, and focus on his music while taking acting as a side job to pay his bills. In 1994, Leto gained fame when he took up the role of Jordan Catalan in the TV sitcom "My So-Called Life".
“I was raised around a lot of artists, musicians, photographers, painters and people that were in theater. 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.” - Jared Leto
Leto’s on screen career continued from there on with "The Last of the High Kings" (1996), followed by "Prefontaine" (1997), which was based on a true story, where he took up the role of the main character, Steve Prefontaine. Then, he starred in 1998's "Basil", "Girl Interrupted" (1999), "Requiem for a Dream" (2000,) which gained him wide recognition for his acting and the effort he exerted to lose weight to portray the character of drug addict Harry Goldfarb. He participated in the indie movie "Mr. Nobody" (2009) and then won countless awards for the role of Rayon in "Dallas Buyers Club" (2013). His most mainstream role to date was the portrayal of the DC Comic villain The Joker, which was only shown in the final cut of the movie " Suicide Squad" for the duration of 15 minutes, and ended up with fans feeling that they were ripped off and that Leto’s perception in the movie was only used for publicity.
“I think that to explore the uncomfortable and the politically incorrect is the job of the artist.” - Jared Leto
In 1998, Leto started his widely loved across the world band Thirty Seconds to Mars with his older brother Shannon on the drums. He plays the roles of lead vocalist, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. He has also been known to direct many of Thirty Seconds To Mars's music videos under the name of Bartholomew Cubbins. Yet, in 2012, he directed the documentary Artifact which followed Leto and his band members as they fought a battle with their label after they had been wrongfully sued for $30 million.
“Music is subjective to everyone's unique experience.” - Jared Leto