LEONARDO DI CAPRIO

FIVE THINGS YOU DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT ME...

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1 I was named af­ter Leonardo da Vinci. My fa­ther, who’s Ital­ianAmer­i­can, and mother, a Ger­man-Amer­i­can, went to Italy on hon­ey­moon, and my mum felt me kick­ing when she was look­ing at a Leonardo paint­ing, so that’s what they called me. But I also got Wil­helm as a good Ger­man mid­dle name. 2 If I hadn’t been an ac­tor I’d have been a bi­ol­o­gist or worked with an­i­mals. That was my in­ter­est when I was lit­tle, and if I’d grown up some­where other than LA, that’s what I’d have done. I’m happy with my life now, but I’d have felt ful­filled work­ing with an­i­mals. 3 The only time I’ve ever had night­mares was when I was try­ing to quit cig­a­rettes and wear­ing a nico­tine patch. The stuff I dreamt was just blood-cur­dling. 4 My first act­ing ‘job’ was get­ting out of maths home­work as a kid. The sub­ject was just hor­ri­ble for me, and I used my act­ing and im­pro­vi­sa­tion skills to make up ex­cuses for not do­ing it. 5 The qual­ity I most admire in my mother is her blunt hon­esty. She is in­ca­pable of any dis­hon­esty or of any hypocrisy. I try hard to be as hon­est as her when deal­ing with peo­ple close to me. But I’m not al­ways as blunt with strangers be­cause you never know what their re­ac­tion might be.

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