Jared Leto has conquered age, gravity, and Hollywood. Turning 50, with successful careers in acting, music, and tech investing—and with his eye on El Capitan— the maxihyphenate, star of Morbius and WeCrashed, is learning the value of a rest day. In the new Men’s Health April issue cover story, Leto opens up about his harrowing near-death experience, shares why performing with 30 Seconds to Mars is tougher than anything he’s done, and more.
On his secret to looking so young and healthy:
“I do have a good answer for that, but I probably won’t tell you. Just to keep everybody guessing. Really, honestly, at the end of the day, it doesn’t really matter.”
On how he confidently juggles so many different opportunities:
“I’m impatient, and I guard my time really well. And that’s probably why I’m able to do multiple things and achieve some of my goals with those things.”
On accepting that when you say yes to one thing, you’re always saying no to something else:
“If you want to achieve greatly, I can tell you how, but it may not be what you want. I’ve worked really, really hard and I’ve achieved some goals in my life, and it’s been a beautiful thing. But there’s a price you pay for all of it. It just depends how important those goals are to you.”
On why performing on stage with Thirty Seconds to Mars is the most physically demanding thing he’s ever done:
“I’d put it somewhere between amateur bowling and . . . Usain Bolt. It’s hard to explain because you’re up there having a good time, but it’s full on for a couple of hours. You’re singing and running around, you have so much adrenaline, and you’re performing at your limit. Your heart is pounding outta your chest, you’re dripping sweat, and you’re exhilarated, but you’re working your body in a really intense way.”
On making extreme changes to his own physique for roles, gaining and losing significant weight:
“But what’s more important is: How does it change the way you walk? How does it change the way you talk? How does it change the way people treat you? I gained over 60 pounds for a role once, and it was amazing. I remember asking someone for the time in New York and they, like, recoiled. I saw people I knew who didn’t know I was filming and thought I had fallen off the—I don’t know how to describe it—that I had ‘not been taking care of myself.’ They took it as a sign of something wrong in my life. It was a really wild thing to experience that.”
[Photo Credit: Jimmy Chin/Men’s Health Magazine]
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