However, after spending hours each day in high heels and fishnets, the Requiem for a Dream star got seriously into his character — so serious, in fact, that he even ended up doing his daily activities dressed in drag.
Leto revealed to ShortList magazine what it was like to walk the streets in drag and the bizarre reactions from the public that he received.
He said, "Yeah, I did that a lot [walk in the street] and — as pretty a woman as I thought I made — I didn't fool anyone."
"I went to the supermarket [in drag], mainly to stare at food because I wasn't eating, and I got lots of looks. Some were just like, 'Wait, is that... that guy from films? Dressed as a woman?' But I also got a look that was like, 'I don't know who or what that is, but I don't f***ing like it.' A judgment, a condemnation."
In fact, Leto's role in Dallas Buyers Club was not the only time he has appeared in drag. He also dressed in drag on the cover of Candy magazine, sporting a bright pink wig.
Leto previously took a well-documented break from acting to pursue a career in music instead, and he made it big time as the frontman of the successful rock band 30 Seconds to Mars. However, it appears Leto is back and more dedicated than ever to his acting — he was even willing to lose 40 pounds for his role in Dallas Buyers Club.
Leto revealed how focused he became on his role, saying, "I was in character for the whole shoot. I even did my audition in character, over Skype, wearing lipstick and a little pink sweater. I didn't meet the director [as myself] until after filming was over. I went deep."
And his dedication certainly paid off. Leto added, "I love film. I love the end product. So, no matter how hard it is, the rewards are always worth it."
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