‘Suicide Squad’ star, Jared Leto graces the cover of GQ Style’s fall issue, and the Academy Award winner sat down with Mark Anthony Green for his most in-depth interview ever, discussing topics ranging from his first girlfriend to his initial anxieties about taking over the role of The Joker.
Read excerpts from the interview below!
His role in Suicide Squad and the attention he’s getting…
My career has had a nice slow burn. You know? I never woke up one day and all of a sudden my life changed. And I’m grateful for that, because I think it has allowed me the time and space to adjust accordingly, to find out where and how I’m comfortable doing things.
Picking between music and acting…
I would choose music, for sure.
I think I’m better onstage than almost anything I’ve ever done in my life. That’s where I excel the most. We’ve toured and played so many shows. Years and years and years of touring. I think that’s probably where I thrive the most.
I don’t believe in a God who sits in conscious judgment of the actions of humanity.
I don’t want to be dismissive, because my real belief is that if that’s what you believe and where you find comfort, then that’s great. That’s actually my belief: People should believe whatever they want to believe. But for me, you know, I don’t think there’s a bearded dude up there that’s like, Oh, you did this and this. I’m not even sure this is all real. This could be a simulation, you know? If you look at VR these days and then compare it to the first manned controlled flight by the Wright brothers in 1903 or 1904, whatever it is, and how far we’ve come in just that short amount of time, who knows what VR is gonna be 100 years from now. I think that we’ll be able to generate and send what we perceive as a dream. You’ll be able to live inside a dream if you want to do that.
On rumours about him…
I’ve had rumors bother me. Especially if they’re hurtful or spiteful and not true. And then sometimes it doesn’t at all—you just laugh it off. Something can also not annoy you or be hurtful but be wrong. There’s going to be people who love you, people who hate you. It doesn’t matter if you’re Barack Obama or the Pope. If you’re Kanye or Taylor Swift. There’s gonna be people that love you and people that don’t. And thinking that you can please the world or convince everyone otherwise is a fool’s errand.
His review of the Pope, Obama, Kanye West & Taylor Swift…
Pope:The Pope! Papa, as they call him in Rome. He seems like a move in the right direction. I don’t know too much about him, but he seems like a move in the right direction.
Obama:I’m a supporter. A believer. I think that he was handed one of the worst jobs in the country.
Kanye: He’s a friend and has always been. Kanye has always been the nicest person to me, kind and generous. I think he’s a talent, and I really appreciate his ability to speak his mind. I’m very different. I’m very careful and cautious because I don’t want to deal with the other things that come along with speaking out like that. But I do appreciate that in other people.
Taylor Swift: She’s great. She triggers a conversation with myself about what’s possible. And you know, the thing I like about Taylor is she’s a self-made woman. I see that in my mother. There were probably points in Taylor’s career where someone else maybe would have been knocked off balance by criticism or other challenges, and she just kept marching forward.
Check out his photos from the spread below!