A star is born

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Born in LA to Ge­orge, an un­der­ground comic book dis­trib­u­tor, and Irmelin, a le­gal sec­re­tary, Leo de­scribes his par­ents as ‘Bo­hemian in ev­ery sense of the word’. ‘My dad al­ways told me, “Go out there, son, and what­ever you do, I don’t care if you’re suc­cess­ful or not, just have an in­ter­est­ing life,”’ he says of his fa­ther. When he was younger, he would travel with his dad to comic book stores around the coun­try and was also al­lowed to drop out of high school to pur­sue act­ing. ‘They lis­tened to me, you see. They lis­tened to their kid say­ing, “This is what I want to do,” and they sup­ported me un­con­di­tion­ally; they made me feel that all my dreams were within reach,’ Leo re­veals.

‘Both of my par­ents were un­be­liev­able, so I was in­cred­i­bly for­tu­nate,’ Leo gushes of his mum and dad, who di­vorced when he was a year old

‘I grew up very poor and I got to see the other side of the spec­trum,’ says the ac­tor

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