[Movies] Jared Leto Thought About Dressing As His Transgender Character From Dallas Buyers Club At Oscars
Posted by Joseph Lee on 03.24.2014
He changed his mind...
In an interview with London Evening Standard, Jared Leto revealed that he almost accepted his Best Supporting Actor award at the Oscars in costume as his transgendered character Rayon from Dallas Buyers Club. Here are highlights:
On dressing up as Rayon for the Oscars: "I thought about dragging up for the Oscars, going as Rayon, because I knew that she would have loved to be there. It's so much work for girls to get ready. I was brought up by my mum, so I always had an appreciation of women. But now I have more respect for the process. It's a lot, what women have to do to themselves. But in the end, when you put that final dash of lipstick on and your look all comes together, it really is a glorious reward."
On his weight loss to play Rayon: "I have very strong self-control. There is something very seductive about it. I got to understand the mentality of an eating disorder. There are the highs of losing more weight; there's a rush of endorphins associated with that control. When you have made a severe commitment to losing weight, there is a lot of shame and guilt around eating again. I really suffered that, it's not a nice feeling...' But Leto found solace in self-exploration. ‘The process can be very monk-like — there is a history of people who have fasted to achieve enlightenment. There is something in that, getting to know who you are. It changed me."
On if he cares about awards: "I don't. But I would never say, "I don't give a shit about the Oscars," because it's not the whole truth. It's not about the shiny, naked golden man, or the pat on the back, it's about being able to stand on a world stage for two minutes in front of a billion people and say something that is meaningful, important to you."