Les frères Leto, Shannon (09/03/1970) et Jared (26/12/1971) naissent à Bossier City, petite ville de Louisiane.
Ils sont élevés par leur mère Constance, séparée de leur père peu après la naissance de Jared, et leur grands-parents maternels.
Quant à leur père biologique, ils ne le reverront plus avant d'apprendre son suicide et d'assister à son enterrement (ils ont alors 9 et 8 ans).
La famille déménage à plusieurs reprises et s'installera même à Haiti pendant un temps, ce qui marquera durablement Jared.
Les frères Leto ont avoués avoir été de vrais voyous à l'adolescence et Jared a souvent dit que sans la musique il serait probablement en prison, les seuls métiers qu'il envisageait alors étant artiste ou dealer...
Heureusement, Constance encourage ses fils à developper leurs dons artistiques et les deux frères deviennent vite musiciens - piano et guitare pour Jared, batterie pour Shannon.
Jared a aussi déclaré qu'il pense bien être le seul de sa famille a avoir fait des études. Après une mésaventure incluant "une course poursuite pour échapper à la police, une arme et de la drogue", il décide de suivre une formation artistique, d'abord à la University of the Arts de Philadelphia puis au School of Visual Arts de New York. Shannon préfère abandonner les études à 16 ans.
Il s'installe à Los Angeles en 1992. Ses premières ambitions étaient de devenir peintre (il continue à dessiner et à peindre), Il veut maintenant devenir réalisateur et espère que travailler comme acteur lui ouvrira les portes.
En 1994, après quelques apparitions à la télé, il obtient le rôle récurrent de Jordan Catalano, petit ami d'Angela (aka Claire Danes), dans "My So-Called Life" ("Angela 15 ans") pendant 2 saisons.
Il enchaîne les petits rôles ("Cool and the Crazy" avec Alicia Silverstone, "How to Make an American Quilt", "The Last of the High Kings" avec Christina Ricci, "Switchback").
En 1997 il obtient ses premiers rôles majeurs: dans le biopic "Prefontaine" il incarne le coureur longue distance Steve Prefontaine et déjà adepte de la fameuse "Method" s'entraine comme si allait lui-même participer aux Jeux Olympiques. Dans le drame romantique "Basil" il joue un aristocrate britannique.
Entre temps, Shannon, qui est passé par la case désintoxication, a rejoint son frère à L.A. Il se consacre à ses deux passions, la photo (il réalise le premier book de son petit frère) et la musique.
Les deux frères qui jouent ensemble depuis toujours forment un groupe avec le guitariste Solon Bixler (04/01/77, Fresno) et le bassiste Matt Wachter (05/01/76, Pottsville).
Le groupe, qui se produit dans de petits clubs, change plusieurs fois de nom avant de se fixer sur Thirty Seconds to Mars. Nous sommes en 1998 et le groupe est signé chez Immortal Records et Virgin.
Avant la sortie de l'album, ils sont invités en première partie de Puddle Of Mud et incubus.
Pendant ce temps, Jared paie les factures avec ses cachets d'acteur:
Fight Club, Girl Interrupted, American Psycho, Requiem For A Dream (pour lequel il perd 13 kilos), Panic Room ou Highway lui permette de définitivement casser l'image de jeune premier héritée de sa série adolescente.
C'est fin août 2002 que sort le premier album éponyme produit par Bob Ezrin, Brian Virtue et Thirty Seconds to Mars.
Même si Jared refuse d'utiliser sa notoriété d'acteur pour promouvoir le groupe (aucune photo directement visible sur la pochette, dont le layout est signé Shannon), la presse reste circonspecte devant ce qui est souvent pris comme un caprice d'acteur.
Les critiques sont positives, sans plus.
Mais le groupe se crée une fanbase dévouée, la Mars Army. Les plus actifs dans la promo du groupe ont droit au rang d'Echelon. C'est grâce à eux que l'album se vendra à 121000 exemplaires au Etats-Unis, plus que grâce aux radios.
L'album sera défendu par deux singles, Capricorn (A brand new name) et Edge of the Earth.
Le groupe en fait aussi la promo en live, en première partie de groupe comme Our Lady Peace, Sevendust, Chevelle ou Trust Company.
11."Year Zero" (includes the hidden track "The Struggle": Jared Leto, Shannon Leto)
End of The Beginning
En février 2003, Solon Bixter qui n'apprécie pas la vie sur la route quitte le groupe. Il sera remplacé après quelques essais par Tomo Milicevic (03/09/79, Sarajevo).
Tomo est installé à Détroit depuis l'âge de 8 ans. C'est un musicien accompli - il joue aussi du violon - fan de rock et un admirateur du groupe.
C'est avec cette formation que Thirty Seconds to Mars est invité à Lollapalooza.
Dès Mars 2004, le groupe commence à enregistrer ce qui sera le deuxième album. l'enregistrement se fera aux 4 coins du monde, car il faut compter avec la carrière d'acteur de Jared qui tourne toujours beaucoup: Alexandre d'Oliver Stone, Lord Of War avec Nicolas Cage, Lonely Hearts avec Salma Hayek ou encore Chapter 27, le biopic de l'assassin de John Lennon, pour lequel il prend 30 kilos - non sans incidence sur sa santé.
Welcome To The Universe - Attack
A Beautiful Lie produit par Josh Abraham et Thirty Seconds to Mars sort en août 2005.
Après un premier single, Attack, c'est avec The Kill que le groupe décroche son vrai premier tube. Le clip qui fait référence au Shining de Kubrick (un des films favori de Jared) est dirigé par Bartholomew Cubbins, alter ego de Jared, son personnage préféré de l'écrivain Dr Seuss.
Après des premières parties de Taproot, Chevelle, The Used, Seether ou Audioslave, Thirty Seconds to Mars est prêt pour sa première tournée en tête d'affiche baptisée Forever Night Never Day début 2006.
A l'automne, ils collaborent avec MTV2 pour leur tournée Welcome To The Universe Tour alors que sort le 3ème single From Yesterday avec un clip entièrement tourné dans la Cité Interdite de Pekin, une première pour un groupe occidental.
Une version Deluxe de l'album sort en Novembre 2006.
Déjà certifié Disque de Platine aux US, l'album sort en Février 2007 en Europe où le groupe tourne pour la première fois et se produit dans les gros festivals (Pinkpop, Download, Roskilde, Rock am Ring).
Matt Wachter décide de quitter le groupe en Mars 2007 (pour raison de santé semble-t-il) et Thirty Seconds to Mars devient officiellement un trio, même si d'autres musiciens les accompagnent sur scène.
Le dernier single de l'album sera A Beautiful Lie, supporté par un clip tourné au Groenland sur un glacier qui dénonce les effets du réchauffement climatique.
Les revenus générés par le téléchargement payant de la vidéo sont reversés au Natural Resources Defense Council et un site (abeautifullie.org) est mis en ligne. Le groupe rejoindre l'association Habitat For Humanity en 2008.
On pourrait penser que les frères Leto vont pouvoir profiter de leur réussite après plusieurs années de travail acharné, mais ce ne sera pas le cas.
S'estimant lésés par le contrat qui les lient à Virgin, dont ils n'ont perçu aucun paiment de leurs droits, Thirty Seconds to Mars recherchent une nouvelle maison de disque au moment d'enregistrer leur 3ème album en Mai 2008.
EMI, maison mère de Virgin, les assignent immédiatement en justice pour 30 millions de dollars de dommages et intérêts pour rupture de contrat. Le groupe se défend en arguant que le contrat initial était de 9 ans, quand la loi californienne dispose qu'on ne peut pas être lié par un contrat de plus de 7 ans.
C'est le début d'une éprouvante bataille juridique qui prendra fin en avril 2009 par un accord: le troisième album baptisé fort justement This Is War sort toujours chez Virgin en Mars 2010.
Jared tirera de ces mois difficiles le documentaire Artifact , à la foi making of de l'enregistrement de This Is War et analyse des relations entre l'industrie musicale et les artistes est diffusé pour la première fois en Septembre 2012 à Toronto. Il sera présenté dans plsuieurs festivals indépendants. Parmi les témoins qui apparaissent dans le documentaire figurent entre autre Chester bennington, Annabelle Wallis ou Steve Lillywhite.
Il trouve le temps de tourner Mr Nobody de Jaco Van Dormael en 2009
et de prendre position contre la campagne California Proposition 8 (qui demandait l'annulation de la légalisation du mariage gay).
Le premier single de l'album sera Kings & Queens en octobre 2009. Pour le clip, Jared filme le groupe et des fans à vélos dans les rues de Los Angeles.
il existera 2 000 pochettes différentes de l'album sorti en décembre 2010, composées des photos des 2 000 premières personnes qui ont envoyé leur cliché personnel via internet.
La chanson titre sort en single en Mars 2010 avec un clip dirigé par Edouard Sallier.
Hurricane - The Race
Pendant toute l'année 2010, le groupe est sur la route, en Europe d'abord, aux Etats-Unis en avril et mai, à nouveau en Europe en Juin, puis en Australie, Nouvelle-Zélande et Japon. A peine rentré aux Etats-Unis le groupe repart entre septembre et novembre et donne encore quelques concerts en Europe en décembre.
Le clip de Closer To The Edge dirigé par Jared, mélange des témoignages de fans et des images des concerts donnés pendant cette tournée marathon. par ailleurs, le raod-trip donne lieu à un documentaire en plusieurs épisode baptisés "Into The Wild"
La dernier single de l'album est Hurricane, en novembre 2010, vidéo censurée à cause de son contenu fétichiste et violent.
Le groupe reste sur les routes pendant pratiquemet toute l'année 2011: Etats-Unis en janvier et février, Amérique du Sud et Canada en Mars, l'Europe à partir de Juin.
En décembre 2011, le groupe entre au Guiness Book of records pour avoir joué plus de 300 concerts lors de l'ère This Is War. Le groupe fête l'évenement en donnant des concerts intimistes baptisés Church Of Mars.
Jared développe aussi ses propres entreprises: fondée en 2010, One & Only Golden Tickets (rebaptisée de puis Adventure In Wonderland) gère des services exclusifs pour des concerts, des festivals et des évènements. En 2011, il crée la plate forme VyRT, un service de vidéos en ligne retransmises en direct ou en streaming.
Jared est aussi un investisseur dans des société comme Air'bnb, Spotify ou Snapchat.
L'écriture du 4ème album commence en décembre 2011 et le groupe commence les enregistrements en avril 2012.
Love, Lust, Faith + Dreams est enregistré à L.A. avec le producteur Steve Lillywhite. Des fans sont invités à participer aux choeurs en Septembre.
Après un premier single, Up In The Air en Mars 2013, qui a été joué pour la première fois à bord de la Station Spatiale Inter nationale le 18 Mars 2013, l'album sort en Mai 2013 chez Universal.
La pochette est une oeuvre de l'artiste Damien Hirst. City Of Angels et Do or Die seront aussi des singles promo.
Le groupe repart en tournée dès le mois de Juin. En Août, il s'associe avec Linkin Park pour le Carnivore Tour aux Etats-Unis.
Il crée également Camp Mars, leur festival/stage d'été pour adultes à Malibu. Le groupe partage des activités avec les fans et donne des concerts intimistes pour les campeurs.
En 2014, Shannon crée sa propre compagnie, Black Fuel Trading Company, une marque de lifestyle d'abord principalement centrée sur la vente de café de source responsable en vente directe.
Jared avait mis entre parenthèse sa carrière d'acteur depuis 2009. Il fait son grand retour dans Dallas Buyers Club dans lequel il joue un transsexuel atteint par le Sida. Une fois encore Jared n'hésite pas à perdre 14Kgs pour être crédible.
La promo du film et de l'album se font en parallèle.
Il remporte le Screen Actors Guild Award, le Golden Globe et l'Oscar du meilleur second rôle.
Dès novembre 2015, le groupe fait savoir qu'il travaille sur le 5ème album. En août 2016, ils annoncent avoir signé avec Interscope et la sortie de l'album pour 2017.
Pendant ce temps, Jared devient le Joker du DCU dans Suicide Squad,
il fait escale en Hongrie pour le rôle de Neander Wallace dans Blade Runner 2049 (sortie 6 octobre 2017)
et tourne The Outsider au Japon entre Octobre et Novembre 2016 (le film devrait sortir sur Netflix en Octobre 2017).
Nouveau Single Walk On Water disponible depuis le 22 août
27 août 2017, première prestation Live au MTV Music Awards
Hommage à Chester Bennington
“ In 1976, in Phoenix, Arizona a child was born. He was precocious, full of life, and determined, and grew up to become the singer of one of the biggest rock bands in the history of music. His name was Chester Bennington, and band is Linkin Park. MTV asked me to come here to say a few words about Chester, and the late great, Chris Cornell. Two artists I had the absolute pleasure of touring with. They were close friends with one another. Chester even singing the cover of the classic Hallelujah at Chris’ funeral. Chester said of Chris Your voice was joy and pain and anger and forgiveness, love and heartache, all wrapped up into one. Just weeks later, Chester himself was gone. Chester was my friend as he was to so many. Witnessing his life taught me important things, especially about working relentlessly, pursuing dreams, and being kind and caring while doing it. When I think about him I see his face, which was always smiling, I think about his heart which he wore on his sleeve, I think how kindly he treated me, my brother, Tomo, our band. I think about his wife and his six. Six incredible children. I think about his family, I think about his band, who were really his brothers. And I remember his voice. At once ferocious and delicate. That voice will live forever.
If there is anyone out there who is watching this tonight who feels like there is no hope, hear me now. You are not alone. There is always a way forward. Reach out, share your thoughts. Do not give up and I promise you this, the absolute biggest breakthroughs in life lay just beyond the darkest days. “(VMAs 2017)
Interview réalisée à Londres le 05/09 (2 vidéos dans l'article)
By Claire Gregory, Entertainment Reporter
30 Seconds of Mars say their forthcoming album is completely different to their previous work.
It has not yet been confirmed when the record will be out, but lead singer Jared Leto told Sky News fans can expect "complete and total insanity".
He said: "I would expect to be surprised, the album is very different.
"Walk On Water (the lead single) is really the only song of its kind on the album. But I think that the other songs are equally ambitious.
"I'm glad that Walk On Water was the first single, because we did have a lot of debate about that but I think it was the right choice."
The video for the track teases the new album, which is also the soundtrack to a documentary shot by the band.
Leto, speaking at the UK launch of video game Destiny 2, says the film, called A Day In The Life of America, is a snapshot of the US right now.
"It is a documentary film that we shot in all 50 states on a single day - July 4th, our Independence Day - we had about 92 camera crews shooting all over the country, and we captured a portrait of America at, I think, a really important time," he said.
"It's absolutely stunning. It's shocking, beautiful, inspiring and I'm really excited for people to see it."
Leto admits the band chose to make the documentary because of the current political and social climate in the US.
He said: "I thought it was a really important time to tell the story of who we are, what kind of country we live in, who do we want to be, so I think it's going to be a fascinating look at what's going on in America right now."
The record will be the band's first album since 2013's Love, Lust, Faith and Dreams, and it is not just new music that Leto has been focusing on.
As well as starring as the Joker in box office smash Suicide Squad, Leto has also filmed with Harrison Ford and Ryan Gosling for the hugely anticipated follow-up to Blade Runner, which is out in the UK next month.
He admits he is among those excited for the film's release.
"I'm a superfan of Blade Runner and really proud to be part of the film," he told Sky News.
"Working with Harrison Ford was absolutely incredible and I'm really happy. I have a small part in the movie, but it's a pivotal role and the scenes and the dialogue and everything was just so much fun."
WHEN JARED LETO’S people say the plan is to meet “at Jared’s base,” I assume it’s a jet-setter’s figure of speech—as in, last month he was rock climbing in Menorca, next month he’s at Fashion Week in Milan, but Los Angeles is his base. But no—they mean an actual base: a decommissioned Air Force station tucked into the hills near Laurel Canyon, built during World War II to warn of incoming Japanese planes. The 100,000-square-foot compound, which Leto has called home since 2015, features 4-foot-thick concrete blast walls, a nuclear fallout shelter and a genuine air-traffic-control tower; it’s slightly absurd that it exists 10 minutes from the Sunset Strip, much less that someone lives in it.
On the other hand, if anyone’s going to inhabit a top-secret Cold War compound in the heart of Los Angeles, it’s probably Jared Leto.
Leto has a long history of outlandishness, whether it’s waxing his body and shedding more than 30 pounds to portray a transgender AIDS patient in Dallas Buyers Club, or sending his castmates condoms and a live rat while playing the Joker in last year’s Suicide Squad. Beneath the theatrics, he’s an industrious quintuple-threat: Oscar-winning actor, stadium-filling rock star (with his band, Thirty Seconds to Mars), digital-media entrepreneur, burgeoning fashion icon and—as if you don’t hate him enough already—successful tech investor, whose long list of winning bets includes Uber, Snapchat, Spotify and Airbnb. “I joke sometimes that I get more done on a movie set than I do when I’m off,” he says, “because I’m not as distracted.”
Jared Leto in Gucci coat, Lena Skadegard necklace (top), Paul Morelli necklace and his own gold necklace.PHOTO: TERRY RICHARDSON FOR WSJ. MAGAZINE, STYLING BY GEORGE CORTINA
We’d originally planned to go for a hike today—Leto’s a big hiker—but it’s sweltering in L.A., 94 in the shade, and he’s been dealing with some back problems, so instead we’re hanging in his backyard, a shady xeriscape with a sadly neglected pool. To relieve his back, Leto is sitting cross-legged on the ground, dressed in a white Gucci T-shirt, green Gucci jogging pants (from the women’s collection) and a pair of worn-out gray Ugg slippers. His hair is its natural shade of chestnut, and his beard has achieved 1840s-prospector length. He also has the best posture I’ve ever seen. At 45, he looks almost exactly as he did nearly 25 years ago, when he first became famous playing the angsty heartthrob Jordan Catalano on My So-Called Life.
FOREVER YOUNG “He is timeless,” Gucci creative director Alessandro Michele says of Leto. “If Visconti were still alive, he would love to work with Jared.” Maison Margiela vest, Christopher Shannon pants, Scarpa shoes, Marteau vintage necklace and his own gold necklace(worn throughout), fanny pack, socks and Carrera sunglasses. PHOTO: TERRY RICHARDSON FOR WSJ. MAGAZINE, STYLING BY GEORGE CORTINA
“I call him Babyface,” says his friend Alessandro Michele, creative director at Gucci. “He is timeless—it is almost impossible to give him age. If Visconti were still alive, he would love to work with Jared.”
Last night Leto was up late in the studio, working on his band’s next album. He woke around 9 a.m.—no alarm, as usual—and enjoyed his standard breakfast of muesli and almond milk, then spent some time tending to his back—heat, ice; meditation. But leisurely appearances aside, “it’s actually a super-busy time,” Leto says. In a few days he’s flying to Kazakhstan for a concert with the band; then he’ll start getting ready to promote his new film, Blade Runner 2049—the much-anticipated sequel to the dystopian 1982 sci-fi classic, in which Harrison Ford played an L.A. cop hunting down rogue androids.
Leto still remembers the first time he saw the original on VHS. “It was one of those films I just connected with,” he says. “I’ve watched it every couple of years.” In the sequel, he has what he calls “a small part” as a character named Niander Wallace, who creates said androids, known in the Blade Runneruniverse as “replicants.”
Denis Villeneuve, the director of the new film, says the inspiration for Leto’s character was David Bowie. “I needed a very charismatic, magnetic presence, someone with the aura of a rock star,” Villeneuve says. “But I also needed a great actor, because the lines he had to say were quite Shakespearean.” The character is also blind, and true to form, Leto—who once hung out with homeless junkies in Manhattan’s East Village to portray a heroin addict in Requiem for a Dream—dove in head-first. “We all heard stories about Jared, how he transforms into the characters,” Villeneuve says. “But even this didn’t prepare me for what was to come.”
Not content to simply act blind, Leto decided to become blind, ordering customized contact lenses that made his eyes totally opaque. “He entered the room, and he could not see at all,” Villeneuve recalls. “He was walking with an assistant, very slowly. It was like seeing Jesus walking into a temple. Everybody became super silent, and there was a kind of sacred moment. Everyone was in awe. It was so beautiful and powerful—I was moved to tears. And that was just a camera test!”
IN THE ZONE “I call him a monk sometimes, because he’s so concentrated,” says Alessandro Michele. Balenciaga sweatshirt and Gosha Rubchinskiy x Adidas pants. PHOTO: TERRY RICHARDSON FOR WSJ. MAGAZINE, STYLING BY GEORGE CORTINA
Leto stayed blind for the entire shoot, guided around set and never laying eyes on the rest of the cast. “That, for me, was insane,” Villeneuve says. “But he really created something. Every time Jared came on set, it was a boost of energy, tension and excitement.” (For his part, Leto says, he “didn’t dive as deep down the rabbit hole as maybe I’ve done before, but I stayed really focused.” Of course, he didn’t delude himself that he was actually blind. “I’m crazy,” he says, “but I’m not insane.”)
As he sits here in his garden, it’s easy to see the commitment that Leto can summon. He’s incredibly calm and still, with no extraneous movements, like some lizardlike desert creature conserving energy in the heat. He listens intently, with laserlike eye contact, and he barely seems to blink. (Says Michele, “I call him a monk sometimes, because he’s so concentrated.”) With his ageless physicality and otherworldliness, he could almost be a replicant himself.
Villeneuve agrees. “He has a kind of eternal youth syndrome. But the thing I love about Jared is that he’s really at peace with himself. He’s a perfectionist. And like all rock stars, he has a bit of narcissism. But it’s a narcissism that I can deal with.”
WE’VE BEEN TALKING a while when Leto hops up and starts doing a little shake. I tell him to feel free to walk around or stretch if he needs to. “No,” he says. “I was getting covered with ants. I’m going to make them work a little harder.”
We retreat inside the safety of the base, where Leto offers to take me on a tour. Although he moved in a couple of years ago, the place remains a work in progress, with dingy floor tiles, scuffed white paint and the distinct odor of midcentury bureaucracy lingering in the halls. “I’m going to redo it at some point,” Leto says, “make it nice. But I’m kind of just camping out.”
We start in his bedroom.“It’s fancy,” Leto warns. But he opens the door to reveal a glorified walk-in closet, maybe 200 square feet, with small windows, a loveseat and a mattress sitting right on the floor. “It’s amazing,” Leto says, smiling. “When it comes down to it, you don’t need very much.” The only hint of luxury is a portable clothes rack that holds what looks like a small fortune in high-end apparel—most of it from his friend Michele at Gucci.
Recently Leto has become the label’s face, both officially and unofficially, starring in a fragrance campaign and often rocking ensembles in public taken straight from the runway. The infatuation runs both ways: “I’ve been inspired by him many times,” Michele says. “The way he puts gym pants with crazy hats or something—it’s beautiful. He says, ‘I don’t care about fashion,’ but it’s not true. He’s like the most fashionable gypsy you can imagine.”
Helmut Lang T-shirt, Gosha Rubchinskiy x Adidas pants, Christopher Shannon sneakers and Vicki Turbeville bracelets. PHOTO: TERRY RICHARDSON FOR WSJ. MAGAZINE, STYLING BY GEORGE CORTINA
Leto seems amused that he’s become a style icon—“There was a period a decade ago when I wore Hare Krishna clothes”—but he does admit to getting bolder and more confident with age. “When I was younger I was like, ‘Give me something black,’ ” he says. “But now I love color. You know how you see old guys wearing loud Hawaiian shirts? If I walk off the bus, and the crew starts laughing, I know I put the right thing on.”
We proceed deeper into the bowels of the house, passing large metal tins labeled SURVIVAL CRACKERS (“I haven’t opened them yet”) and a few doors marked USAF TOP SECRET. After World War II ended, the base became a military film studio, churning out propaganda films hosted by the likes of Jimmy Stewart. “There are so many crazy rumors about this place,” Leto says. “Everything from ‘Part of the moon landing was filmed here’ to ‘They used to keep prisoners downstairs.’ They had laboratories. They were doing all kinds of God-knows-what.” He is clearly enamored by this.
In one of the building’s subbasements, we pass Leto’s home gym (with photos of Schwarzenegger and Bruce Lee) and then the garage where he keeps his vintage Ford Bronco—a metallic-blue beast with orange flames down the side, a birthday gift from his brother, Shannon. “He was like, ‘You can get it repainted,’ ” Leto says, “and I was like, ‘No way, man!’ I used to have a little Tonka truck that looked just like that.” The Letos grew up poor, on food stamps in Louisiana, with a hippie single mom who encouraged them to follow their artistic dreams. Leto studied film and photography at the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan before dropping out and moving to L.A. in hopes of becoming a director. He started acting, and a few years later talked Shannon into moving out to start a band.
AMERICAN DREAM “I like to learn,” Leto says of the philosophy behind his tech investments, which include Slack, Uber, Snapchat and Spotify. “So if I can be involved in a company that teaches me something, I’m happy.” B Sides vintage shirt, WGACA vintage flag, Lena Skadegard necklace (top), Paul Morelli necklace (middle) and Vicki Turbeville bracelets. Hair, Bob Recine; makeup, Jamie Taylor.PHOTO: TERRY RICHARDSON FOR WSJ. MAGAZINE, STYLING BY GEORGE CORTINA
Next we walk through a hangarlike storage room Leto calls “the warehouse,” full of Thirty Seconds to Mars’s road cases and gear, and from there emerge onto the base’s old soundstage, which Leto has repurposed as a recording studio and rehearsal space. “We had an acoustician come by, and he said we have the same reverb as Abbey Road,” Leto says. “Isn’t that wild?” In the control room, an engineer is going over mixes from last night’s session, tweaking the vocal tracks for the band’s new single (“Walk on Water,” released in August). “I’d say we’re 80 percent done,” Leto says of the album. He smiles: “But I’ve been saying that for two years.”
Back upstairs, Leto starts to grow a bit bored. “I can show you more, but it’s really big,” he says. “It just keeps going and going and going.” He knows it’s kind of silly for a bachelor pad. “But it works for me,” he says. “I can do creative stuff here, I can live here. And I don’t have to sit in traffic.”
‘The thing I love about Jared is that he’s really at peace with himself.’
There’s one last oddity he wants to point out: a skylight in the middle of the floor that peers down into a small enclosure, maybe 8 feet square, with no discernible doors. It looks suspiciously like a dungeon. “Weird, right?” says Leto, grinning. He slips into a pitch-perfect impression of Buffalo Bill from The Silence of the Lambs: “Put the lotion in the basket!” he booms, cracking up. I point out that at least the skylight unlatches from the inside, leaving open the possibility of escape. “Yeah,” he says, “but you’d have to get up there first”—a sheer 10-foot climb with no holds. He smiles deviously. “Give ’em just enough hope to keep ’em alive.”
IT’S NEARING TIME for Leto to say goodbye: His next appointment is already waiting, some people from a tech giant. At the moment, Leto is looking for a buyer for his digital streaming platform, VyRT, a company he started in 2011 to live-stream his band’s concerts. That was his second foray into the tech world; previously he had launched a digital-marketing company called the Hive, and over the past decade has become a serious tech investor, backing more than 50 startups including Uber, Snapchat, Reddit, Spotify, Slack and Nest.
“He’s very different from the normal cats from Hollywood and L.A. I see playing around the Valley,” says Nest co-founder Tony Fadell, whose company Leto invested in three years before it was acquired by Google for $3.2 billion, in 2014. (Leto didn’t disclose the size of his investment, but Fadell says for “an individual, it was a significant amount of money.”) “A lot of people from that world say, ‘My manager’s gonna take care of it, my agent’s gonna take care of it’—they don’t worry about the details,” Fadell adds. “And a lot of people are meddlers or know-it-alls who want to lead from the bench. That was not his thing. Jared is very curious, very detail-oriented; he really gets involved, and he really understands. He only added value.”
“I was actually really impressed,” says Stewart Butterfield, a co-founder of Slack, which Leto invested in in 2014. “Jared gave a lot of feedback, and all of it was very practical, specific, concrete feedback about usability and improving the platform. He found the right balance,” Butterfield adds, “between persistent and irritating.”
When it comes to his investing philosophy, Leto says, “I like to learn. So if I can be involved in a company that teaches me something, I’m happy.” There are also a few deals he passed on and still kicks himself over. “Oh, my God, are you kidding?” Leto says. “There are some doozies. I can’t [talk about it]—I’ll have to call a therapist.”
All these side hustles aside, Leto’s not giving up his day job anytime soon. He’s attached to play Andy Warhol in an upcoming biopic written by Terence Winter (The Wolf of Wall Street), and he’ll soon be directing his first feature, a police thriller called 77 with a script by L.A. noir legend James Ellroy. Leto—a devoted rock climber who sometimes posts his best ascents to Instagram along with a monkey emoji—has previously directed a documentary series on America’s national parks called Great Wide Open as well as several music videos.
“Always when you are around Jared Leto, you are in Jared Leto’s theater,” Denis Villeneuve says. “It’s like a play—you become a character. But he’s having fun with it, and he brings you in his game. You just fall in love with him.”
If there’s one thing Leto hasn’t done but would like to, it’s a comedy. Sadly, no one ever asks. “I might not be at the top of the list for, like, a funny dude,” he says. “But if someone is dying or suffering greatly, I’ll get a call.” He laughs ruefully. “I got calls about [playing] Charles Manson, Ted Bundy, David Koresh and Jim Jones, all within two weeks. I’m not doing them,” he adds, “but I thought for a second, ‘Oh, my God, I should do them all.’ Just put them together like a Criterion Collection box set. And then retire.”
For 19 years Jared Leto, his brother Shannon and the guitarist Tomislav Milicevic have been on stage as part of the group 30 Seconds To Mars.
On Saturday night, they performed at Telekom Street Gig in Berlin, not only the hit Kings and Queens, but also their new single, Walk On Water. A small aperitif before the upcoming album, which fans had to wait 4 years.
BILD met with Jared Leto for an interview about music, fashion and Berlin.
BILD: You’ve often been with your band in Berlin. Do you have favorite places where you always come back?
Jared: I always go to the Asian restaurant Monsieur Vuong. I like this place. These dumplings get better every day. And there is a pizzeria in Prenzlauer Berg (Prenzlauer Berg - Berlin district). Pizza-focaccia from another planet! When I was here a few years ago, in the early 2000s, it was still so cheap.
The German capital is famous for its venues for parties. Where do you hang out when you are in Berlin?
I often walked and got to really cool parties. Several times I was in an office building on the top floor, there is a club. But I have not been hanging out in such places for almost 10 years. I prefer to look at bands, for example, I used to visit “White Trash” with pleasure. There was not only fast food there, punk played in the basement.
Your new single “Walk On Water” just went out. Your song begins with the lines: “Can you even see what you’re fighting for?” (Do you even know what you’re fighting for?) What is fighting for 30 Seconds To Mars?
We are always fighting. For example, for our creative purposes, music videos or our performance on VMA. There is a constant struggle, it is necessary to interact with the public. We made the documentary The Artifact. It is about a trial with our old record company about $ 30 million.
You have so many career achievements with Shannon and Tomislav. Is there anything else that you dream about?
It’s not how much you have achieved or achieved. You do not tell anyone about this until you do. It does not change the desire to create something. It’s like you. You do not write just one phrase. This is a process that is constantly continuing.
What can we expect from your new album?
Varieties, in any case. There are many different songs that will surprise listeners. It’s not just that we’re a rock band. There are songs in the album that nobody would have expected from us.
Is there someone dead or alive with whom would you like to record a joint song?
Is there a celebrity that makes you lose your composure?
Oh yeah. Barack Obama, I’ve already met him. He is really very kind.
What was the first gramophone you bought?
The first album I bought was still on an 8-band cassette (Stereo 8 tape format). I was born in 1971, then there was no CD yet. It’s such a thick cassette. I remember that I bought Don’t Stop Believin from the band Journey and I love Rock'n'Roll Joanne Jett. This is what I bought myself. We did not have a lot of money then.
Which bands have the most influence on you?
I think Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd when I was a little child. Of course, we do not sound like that, but these groups experimented a lot and went against traditions.
Do you listen to such music that no one would have expected from you?
I think this song is “Time After Time” by Cindy Lauper.
Fans know you not only as a musician and an actor, but also as an icon of fashion. What is your favorite brand?
Gucci and the chief designer Alessandro Michele - this is probably the brand and the designer with whom I most often associate.
Is there such an image that you tried, and now you regret about it?
I had a couple of misses, but who cares. I think a person looks best when he/she just does what he wants. Maybe not best, but it does not look so tense. As for me, the clothes should be cozy, and I should feel good in it.
Il s'est passé beaucoup de choses les 2/3 dernières semaines (depuis la sortie du single) et je n'ai pas eu le temps de tout compiler. J'ai juste essayé de rattraper les trucs récents.
Ce qu'on sait de l'album:
- Le 4 Juillet dernier Jared a envoyé 9 équipes filmer ce qui se passait en ce jour de fête de l'indépendance dans plusieurs états des US. Il a demandé la participation de tous les volontaires qui pouvait envoyer leur vidéo filmée ce jour-là sur le site du groupe. Ils pouvaient filmer un événement ou parler face caméra de ce que l'Amérique représentait pour eux.
Ils ont apparemment reçu énormément de matériel.
Le tout deviendra un documentaire "a day in the Life Of America" et l'album sera le soundtrack.
- Sur la BBC, Jared a dit qu'il y aurait probablement un ou deux autres singles avant la sortie de l'album. Et que l'album serait peut-être le dernier du groupe. Il l'avait apparemment déjà dit à des fans qui assistaient aux Meet & Greet de la tournée d'été avec Muse. Concrètement, ce n'est pas qu'ils arrêtent tout mais ils sortiront probablement plutôt de EPs et probablement plus sur CDs.
Jared s'explique par le fait que créer un album complet prend énormément de temps - vu son emploi du temps je comprend qu'il ne sache plus trop comment se consacrer le temps nécessaire à un album et une tournée en continuant à jouer et à gérer ses sociétés sans compter tout le reste.
- Il ne faudrait pas trop compter sur l'album avant début de l'année prochaine (voir ci-dessous) mais la tournée européenne devrait suivre - Jared en parle dans toutes les interviews qu'il a fait ces derniers jours.
06/09/2017 - Berlin - Mercedes Benz Arena - Universal Music Germany 2017
Je vous remets le dernier photoshoot officiel qui était en post 1 pour le réserver mais que j'ai remplacé:
Voilà quelques interviews qui datent de la sortie du single:
Les dernières news: Shannon est invisible, Tomo a disparu (rentré à Détroit probablement) et Jared était à New York pour une soirée du magazine Harper Bazaar
Il en a profité pour se balader avec la petite famille de son pote le photographe Terry Richardson.
Blade Runner 2049 Star Jared Leto Is Really Into the Fashion at Renaissance Fairs
by Lynn Hirschberg
September 14, 2017 8:00 am
Jared Leto is a man of extremes. This is a compliment: By throwing himself into the deep end of demanding roles like The Joker in Suicide Squad, and method-committing to them to the point of urban legend, he's won Oscars (for 2013's Dallas Buyers Club, in which he played a transgender woman) and transformed himself into one of the most interesting and in-demand actors working today. Of course, those extremes—which apply, too, to his fashion choices—also makes him a man of memes. "That stuff has a tendency to go viral or something," as he admitted himself in this interview with Lynn Hirschberg for W's New Royals issue. Here, Leto, who is also the frontman of the very successful rock band 30 Seconds to Mars, lets us in on what's really happening on set, on tour, and behind the scenes, and what he definitely can't tell us about his next movie, the highly-anticipated Blade Runner 2049.
Who to you is a royal? Let's start with music.
In music, the people that I think are royal... there’s a very, very long list. When I was a kid, I was really inspired by bands like Pink Floyd, The Who, Led Zeppelin. Those bands really changed my life because they were rule-breakers. They create music that was at once atmospheric, really exciting, and full of emotion. They taught me a lot. So I would say those three are definitely royals to me.
Were you a big concert-goer as a kid?
You know, back in the hippie days, my mom would bring my brother and me to festivals and concerts, and some of my earliest memories are, you know, the pounding loud music and rooms filled with smoke, because of course everyone was smoking indoors then. I remember that from a very early age. I saw Pink Floyd, I saw Iron Maiden, The Kinks, but I didn’t really see a lot of concerts when I was a kid.
And in movies, who do you think is royalty?
In film, there are people that have inspired me and taught me so much, people like Christopher Walken, Sean Penn, Daniel Day-Lewis, um, again, mavericks, rule-breakers, people that really threw themselves into their work. And showed me that the possibilities were endless.
Do you feel happier on stage doing music than when you're making films?
It’s hard to beat standing on stage. There's something that is so incredibly powerful about sharing your music with people. It’s immediate. It’s creative. You come face to face with people, night after night after night, that really affects you when you’re on stage. On tour, you're in this constant routine, you get up on stage and really just devote yourself to the audience every night—you’re giving as much as you can. So it’s just a really beautiful process. Um, you know, there are some bad parts for sure about the music business, but it’s hard to beat being on stage with Thirty Seconds to Mars and touring.
Do you remember the first time you heard a song of yours on the radio?
You know, I do remember, and it’s always still exciting to hear your song on the radio. There's something really special about it. You know, we never thought we would ever have a song on the radio. We just didn’t think we would ever make that kind of music, or that people would want to hear our music in that way. But it’s been an incredible surprise. You know, we were signed in 1998 and were a band many, many years before that. So it’s been a really long and beautiful journey.
]Yeah, and we’re about to put a new album out this year.
What’s it called? Do you know?
I know, but nobody else does. [Laughter.] It’s a secret.
What's your karaoke song?
I don’t f--- with karaoke. For some reason, I’m just the worst. I tried it once and it was the biggest disaster. It was horrifying how bad it was. So I don’t f--- with it. There are some things you just know you're not good at, and I am not good at karaoke.
I bet you’re great at karaoke.
But I do get to be on stage quite often singing and performing with Thirty Second to Mars. So that satisfies my karaoke itch, you know.
What was the song that you bombed on? Even though I don't believe it.
No, no, no, it was—oh, the song that I bombed on was “Eye of the Tiger”. It was a moment of panic. It was at a wedding in front of hundreds of people. Someone pushed me to do it, like, someone called my name out. And I just looked at the list and I was like, “Eye of the Tiger”, and then it hit me: The only line that I even knew was "eye of the tiger." The rest of the song I didn’t, so I just mumbled and it was a disaster. Deep shame.
What were the Oscars like for you? I told you you were going to win before, and you looked at me kinda like you're looking at me now, like, "Go to hell." [Laughs.]
You know what? You were the first person that said something about the Oscars to me.
You were breathtaking. You were also ahead of your time with the transgender movement. It’s amazing how much has changed in a very short period of time.
The world is changed in so many ways, and there are so many brave people out there pushing forward issues of identity in really inspiring ways. And I think that’s just such an incredible achievement. Those people are royals to me and heroes and, you know, I'm always just astounded at people’s bravery and honesty and how they're willing to speak their mind and make change. I think that’s just incredible. It’s really powerful.
Because you got kind of a hard time when you were walking around in character, didn’t you?
When I was shooting Dallas Buyers Club, I did get some unwanted attention, negative attention from people, and oftentimes people just kinda walked to the other side of the room. Certainly they didn’t know who I was, but, you know, I guess what I looked like made people uncomfortable at that time. So it was an interesting experience to have for sure. And then it was also really beautiful. I remember being on set and, you know, after the first day, people just stopped really seeing me so much and treated me so kindly. I remember some of the guys on the crew,, they would reach out for my hand when I stepped off the trailer.
You were super pretty. And now the complete opposite...
Just a man of hair.
So what were the Oscars like? Were you nervous?
The Oscars were incredible. I guess I was nervous, but I wasn’t that nervous. When you do that stuff, I guess you just try enjoy the ride, and what’s beautiful about it is there is a light that shines your way. And then you can take that light and shine it on people and things that are important to you. I had an incredible experience. Everyone was really, really kind to me, and you hear stories of people, you know, maybe feel like it’s a bit much, that whole process. But I thought it was really wonderful.
Do you remember it? People say they don’t remember the whole thing on stage.
No, I remember. Oh, I remember. I remember one moment: I was standing on stage and giving my speech. And I’m looking at this guy and he’s giving me this look. [Makes face.] I’m staring at Robert De Niro... It was a very intense kind of gaze. "Maybe I oughta go to Oprah Winfrey or someone." But I found myself locked in with him—it is just bizarre because you look out and you see all of these faces that you grew up watching and people that have inspired you. And then you know that your words can be impactful, maybe. So you wanna use the time wisely.
Let’s talk about the Joker a little bit. Were you scared to take on the Joker?
I was both—the Joker was an intense and incredible experience. I mean, playing the part was I think probably the most fun I’ve ever had making a film.
You were, um, let’s just say you were extreme on set with people.
I had a lot of fun, but it wasn’t as extreme as the media made it out to be. And I know some of the stories were just kind of goofy and weird, so it was titillating. That stuff has a tendency to go viral or something. But it really wasn’t like that for us on set. I mean, it was a kind of scary prospect to take on a role that had been portrayed so well by such a phenomenal actor in Heath Ledger. But it also was an opportunity and something that, as challenging as it seemed, was quite an honor to be asked to take the baton and run with it. And, you know, filmmaking’s a collaborative process and we all did what we had to do to try to bring these crazy characters to life. But we had a lot of fun. I mean, nobody was taking it too serious on that set, you know. We all were laughing a lot and we had a good time.
But in this, did you stay in character as the Joker off camera as well?
The only thing that I did was try to stay as focused and committed as humanly possible because I knew how much was at stake. And I had learned, through my history of working in film, that the more that I stay committed, usually the better the work is. So I was just out to try to do the best job that I could. I mean, treally my motivation was to serve the other actors and directors and, you know, it was really let’s hunker down and let’s work really, really hard.
Was it fun to have green hair?
Yeah, it was fun. No eyebrows and green hair and lipstick. Three movies, back to back to back: lipstick, no eyebrows, and no body hair. Maybe that’s why I have so much hair now. I’m rebelling against this hairless animal that I was.
Where was your first kiss?
I do remember kissing a girl and, like, getting almost dizzy. It was so powerful. That was kind of the first,, you know, seventh, eighth-grade kiss. But we were pretty experimental kids. There were probably some kisses before that, yeah. I don’t kiss and tell.
Do you have a secret skill?
Definitely not karaoke. Oh, I can levitate.
Yeah, my secret skill is I can levitate.
How did you find out that you could levitate?
It was when I was a kid. And there was some trouble, let’s just say, and I figured out that I could I could levitate. Now I can't do this on camera—unless you have $500, and then we can talk about it.
And how high up can you go?
At least three or four inches. So it’s incredibly useful.
Because, you know, there might be dog poop on the sidewalk or a piece of bubblegum and you don’t wanna have to step over that. It’s a lot of work, but yeah.
Your next movie is Blade Runner 2049. Are you a replicant, or are you not allowed to say?
Well, I can't really tell you anything about the movie, except tell you that it’s coming out in October. I think I already screwed up and said the name of my character. I’m surprised that I didn’t get a letter from a lawyer. It’s a very secretive film, I am really proud to be in the movie because I was just fanatical about the first film. I loved and love the first Blade Runner. It was a really impactful film for me and a big inspiration. So it was fun to be a part of this movie and to work with Harrison Ford. It was just a dream.
That's great. Thank you for being a part of the New Royals issue.
What is a royal—I have worn a crown onstage. Just a subtle crown, not too big, not too small, but a crown.
Have you ever been to a Renaissance fair?
I’ve never been to a Renaissance fair, but I’ve always been a big fan of the fashion.
How about Medieval Times?
It seems a little hot for me. I need loose clothes.
Well,Gucci’s kind of Renaissance fair-ish.
Yeah, they have a little of that swagger in there.