How i make it work... JARED LETO

THE OS­CAR WIN­NER, WHO THRIVES ON HOL­LY­WOOD’S FRINGES, FRONTS A BAND AND ROCKS A LILAC TUX ON THE RED CAR­PET, RE­VEALS HOW HE’S MAN­AGED TO DANCE TO HIS OWN TUNE IN TINSELTOWN

Sunday Herald Sun - Stellar - - Travel - Stel­lar picks Gucci Guilty EDT, $136 (75ml), is in stores now; Myer and David Jones.

Ihave al­ways tried to have a life out of the spot­light; that’s where real life be­gins. Fame in and of it­self is not a foun­da­tion to build a life on. Luck­ily, I al­ways got that and kind of chilled back.

I’m a real out­doors per­son and some of my most pow­er­ful child­hood mem­o­ries in­volve sit­ting around a camp­fire with the smell of burn­ing wood and maple syrup. The one great thing about Cal­i­for­nia is that you’re sur­rounded by na­ture. Yeah, you may be in a fancy LA neigh­bour­hood, but you can go hik­ing close by and brush past wild fen­nel and laven­der, which still amazes me. The prox­im­ity to the desert, moun­tains or the ocean is one of the great pros of liv­ing here – I’d even say of be­ing alive.

I think the way I have got to know my­self is by test­ing my lim­its, whether it’s rock climb­ing or act­ing. Peo­ple have fo­cused on the “brav­ery” of tak­ing on The Joker in Sui­cide Squad, a role that was so in­ter­twined and as­so­ci­ated with an­other ac­tor’s [the late Heath Ledger] last great per­for­mance, but I don’t see it that way. Heath’s Joker was so bril­liant and stamped into pop cul­ture that our only ap­proach was to go to a to­tally dif­fer­ent place, start­ing with the look, which we worked on a lot. This gave us per­mis­sion to ex­plore and ex­per­i­ment. We de­bated ev­ery­thing and took chances: it was ex­hil­a­rat­ing. It’s such a gift to play the wild­card that is equally ter­ri­fy­ing and mes­meris­ing.

Dis­ap­pear­ing into a char­ac­ter can be more in­tu­itive for some ac­tors than ap­pear­ing in a cam­paign with­out that mask, but I was re­ally ex­cited to work with Gucci [as the face of Gucci Guilty EDT] be­cause cre­ative di­rec­tor Alessan­dro Michele has brought an edgy new en­ergy that is in­cred­i­ble. Shoot­ing in a Vene­tian villa with one of fash­ion’s great new voices was pretty cool – I was proud to be asked. I ad­mire artists who are driven by

a to­tal vi­sion, such as David Bowie; these peo­ple are rar­i­ties.

I’m also used to be­ing on­stage in the other realm of mu­sic [as lead singer of Thirty Sec­onds To Mars], which is more about per­sonal ex­pres­sion and do­ing your own thing than work­ing on a film set. The more var­ied your pas­sions, the more freed up you are from the sta­tus quo of each world.

Go in­side the weird world of Hol­ly­wood au­dio dub­bing with Host a GIRLS’ NIGHT IN to raise vi­tal funds for women’s can­cers. Through­out Oc­to­ber; girl­snightin.com.au.

Lights up the Syd­ney Opera House with a silent disco, opera style. Oct 28– Nov 5; opera.org.au.

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