Jared Leto is one of the most versatile artists in both music and film.
The multi-awarded actor, director, singer and songwriter, Leto has created a stellar career for himself in Hollywood and the music industry.
He is also known for reinventing his looks, using his weight and even facial hair to carry a new character or a new persona.
Growing Up and Transformations for the Roles
Jared Leto’s childhood was one where he was surrounded by artists, musicians and theater people, where he was exposed to creative expression, and where he and his siblings were exposed to their earliest musical influences.
This influence played a role in Jared’s decision to enroll in The University of Visual Arts in Philly and then the School of Visual Arts in New York.
He moved to LA to pursue a career in directing while taking acting roles on the side. After playing small TV roles, he was cast as Jordan Catalano in My So-Called Life.
This was followed by a role opposite Alicia Silverstone in Cool and the Crazy.
More roles emerged, usually opposite other up and coming artists like with Christina Ricci in The Last of the High Kings and Danny Glover on Switchback.
Leto also played the starring role in the biopic Prefontaine, for which he seriously trained running and met the Olympian’s family and friends.
Leto also underwent a physical transformation, mimicking the athlete’s appearance, voice, and running style.
In 1998, Leto formed the band 30 Seconds to Mars with his brother. He wrote the majority of the songs in the debut album although Leto made sure that his movie star fame would not be used to promote the band in any way.
Before the decade ended, Leto played more gripping roles opposite other Hollywood greats like Robert Downey Jr. in Black and White, Angelina Jolie in Girl, Interrupted and Brad Pitt in Fight Club.
In the early 2000s, Leto played one of the most serious roles in his life as Harry Goldfarb in Requiem for a Dream.
He lost weight, moved to New York and refrained from sex for two months to immerse himself in the role.
The hard work paid off, with critics praising him for the emotionally-charged portrayal of an addict’s spiral into mental degradation.
Other notable roles that followed include the antagonist in Panic Room opposite Jodie Foster, Hephaestion in Alexander and Raymond Fernandez in Lonely Hearts.
In 2013, he portrayed a drug-addicted transgender woman in Dallas Buyers Club for which he again lost weight and shaved completely.
To prepare for the role, Leto also met with transgender individuals. The role in this movie eventually paid off when he won the Best Supporting Oscar for his portrayal.
Leto’s most recent big studio role was as the Joker in the Suicide Squad.
Jared Leto’s Top Quotes
Versatile actor as he certainly is, Jared Leto is known not only for his acting and musical skills.
In some of his interviews, Jared has also shown how mature and wise he is.
His most popular quotes refer to his stances about music, technology, and what it takes to succeed in today’s world.
Here are top five of Jared Leto’s quotes:
1. “Music is subjective to everyone’s unique experience.”
2. “I think that to explore the uncomfortable and the politically incorrect is the job of the artist.”
3. “I learned early on how to treat women by the examples that were set around me.”
4. “It’s nice to be able to communicate digitally with people around the world.”
5. “I showed up in L.A. with $500 and a backpack and I stayed at a shelter, so nobody handed me anything. I worked for every single thing that I have.”
Achievements and Awards
Leto won various awards for his performance in Dallas Buyers Club, including the Oscar for Supporting Actor as well as the Golden Globe Award and the Critic’s Choice Movie Award for the same role.
He won the Best Performance award for Chapter 27 in 2007.
Unconventional Fashion Style and Makeovers
Leto is not one to shy away from unconventional fashion, veering between skinny jeans and oversized jackets to black lipstick and nail polish and metal accents that speak to his rock star alter ego when he is not on set.
On casual days or when going out for a coffee, Leto likes to wear basic jeans and T-shirts.
Jared Leto’s Beard
Jared Leto’s scraggly, medium length scruffy beard helped him win a couple of serious acting awards.
This is exactly why it makes sense if you want to try out the same look and repeat Jared Leto’s success.
Fortunately, it is very easy to grow and style this type of a beard.
Growing a beard that will look like Jared Leto’s is perhaps the easiest part. You just need a little bit of patience since it may take you a month or longer to get a full beard that you can work with.
Avoid trimming or cutting it before you achieve the needed beard thickness and length.
For a natural shine, use a beard oil that has jojoba oil as one of the ingredients.
Cutting and Styling
Leto grows his beard to about 2 to 3 inches in length along the chin and jaw and keeps it on the scruffy side.
To get this low maintenance look, just use a good pair of beard scissors to trim the excess length or any stray facial hair.
Trim along the edges of the beard from the upper jawline and along the chin, combing downward to ensure an even trim.
Jared Leto’s full beard comes with a healthy mustache, but just like his beard, it doesn’t have any clean sharp lines.
So, keep your mustache’s natural edges and just run a mustache comb in the direction your mustache grows. Also, trim the bottom part just above the upper lip and shave along the outer edges of the ‘stache to keep it clean.
Leto has also been seen twisting his beard into a braid to get the effect of a modified goatee. You can opt for a goatee if you want a smaller amount of facial hair to maintain.
Scruffy beards tend to look unkempt after a while but you can avoid this by using a styling or beard balm to keep the shape intact.
Invest in a quality electric beard trimmer so you can regularly trim your beard at home.
Opt for beard care products that use natural oils and preferably with no fragrances to promote natural growth and prevent irritation.
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