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Jared Leto Talks 'Dallas Buyers Club' Transvestite Character with 'V' Mag (Exclusive)

Jared Leto Talks 'Dallas Buyers Club' Transvestite Character with 'V' Mag (Exclusive)

Jared Leto opens up in this brand new feature from V Magazine‘s winter issue, provided exclusively to

Here’s what the 41-year-old entertainer told director Gus Van Sant, who photographed and interviewed the star for the mag:

On his appreciation for the future: “Yeah, there’s a lot going on right now, which is fantastic. I was reminding myself last night, I went for a run fairly late, around 11 pm, and I was just remembering how great it is to have so many things and how wonderful it is to actually be driven crazy by those things. That actually helped me a lot today, because I’ve been having really full days and a lot going on, whether it’s the interview with you or even driving here and getting lost and trying to figure it out or taking the photo or being in rehearsal right before this, the four meetings that I had…all those individual things, to have gratitude and appreciation for that time that I get to do that. I had a bit of a perspective change last night, it was strange. Not that I hadn’t been grateful before, but I’ve just been feeling on the edge a bit.”

On researching to play a transvestite in Dallas Buyer’s Club: “First of all, I’ve been fortunate in my life to have had contact with all kinds of different characters, I didn’t grow up in a really sheltered way, so the idea of playing a transsexual, a drag queen, transvestite, wasn’t too daunting. It wasn’t like, Oh my god, that’s the craziest thing I’ve ever heard in my life, which may have been the reaction of some actors. I was like, Well, I think I could offer something here. I did meet with people specifically about the role, a wonderful woman who has been living in Los Angeles for quite some time who’s also from the South and had this beautiful voice and made a choice, maybe a couple of decades ago, to start to live her life as a woman. I met with quite a few people in Louisiana, where we shot as well, great stories, great contribution.”

On his character in Dallas Buyer’s Club: “I didn’t want to play the Hollywood version of a transvestite. You know, someone who’s dancing on the table, balls-to-the-wall screaming out loud, the funniest person in the room, on 12 the whole time. I felt like that had been covered, that had been done before. I was really on my little-”on a journey just to be like, let’s represent a real person here, and hopefully that came across…”

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  • Leenah

    Jared is amazing in so many ways! And he’s 41! He’s such a great musician and actor, everyone should see his movie Mr.Nobody if you haven’t seen it yet.

  • dory

    great man…it may sound too pompous but I’m happy to live at the same time with him

  • shaniqua bettlez

    he’s a sweet man – my granddaughter became a vegetarian because of him.

  • Jennay

    BEAUTIFUL man.

  • mimi

    I hope he gets nominated for an oscar. He really deserves it.

  • Meggie

    which model is now around him? he is always f uck them all

  • Emma

    @shaniqua bettlez:

    Bwahahaha, funny comment!

  • RogerA

    Jared is multi-talented, obsessed, beautiful and a bit weird. A great, sexy mixture. And he’s is heartstopping intense in Dallas Buyers Club – he deserves an Oscar-nomination.

  • Nikki

    Jared is a phenomenal actor! I can’t wait to see this movie and he gives the best interviews. He’s such a deep, in touch man.

  • Jared

    He is a great actor, but his accent in the film was ALL WRONG, he borrowed an accent from another part of the south. People in Dallas don’t sound remotely like that.

  • Lyra

    What a man!

  • kasia

    Great actor, I hope he gets some well deserved award nominations. Btw, he looks really amazing at 41, wow!

  • E Slater

    I’m really disappointed that both Jared Leto and Gus Van Sant used the term “transvestite.” It’s so derogatory, outdated, and politically incorrect. * Transgender would have been right.