Jared Leto has earned rave reviews and Oscar buzz for his role as a transgendered woman, Rayon, in ‘Dallas Buyers Club.’ But all of those accolades didn’t come easy — HollywoodLife met up with Jared at a luncheon honoring the film, and he gave us exclusive details on the labor of love that was becoming Rayon.
Jared Leto, 41, took a hiatus from his six-year acting hiatus to appear in the spectacular film Dallas Buyers Club, which stars Jared and Matthew McConaughey as AIDS patients in 1985 Dallas. Find out what Jared told HollywoodLife.com about his spectacular performance (and walking in heels) below!
Jared Leto Spent Eight Hours In The Makeup Chair For ‘Dallas Buyers Club’
Every woman knows that painting that perfect pretty face isn’t always easy, so we sympathize with Jared for having to transform into Rayon every day — even if the artist formerly known as Jordan Catalano is a very pretty man to begin with. Jared told HollywoodLife at an exclusive luncheon that he spent eight hours in the makeup chair every day of the month-long shoot, but that wasn’t even the toughest part. The poor stylists “had the hardest time” finding heels to fit the actor’s size 12 feet, so wardrobe fittings were often disastrous.
Still, the experience was obviously well worth it. Jared was sweet, humble, and more than happy to chat about playing Rayon — a character for whom he obviously feels a lot of affection — during the luncheon, even though he did tell HollywoodLife that he doesn’t like to watch any of his movies due to the awkwardness of seeing himself onscreen. (For the record, we think you should shell out the $16.50 and see Dallas Buyers Club, Jared.)
Jared Leto On ‘The Daily Show': All About That Shocking Weight Loss
Of course, the biggest story out of Dallas Buyers Club (besides its quality) was the dramatic weight loss. Jared opened up about losing nearly 40 lbs in three weeks during the Dec. 3 episode of The Daily Show, where he also discussed why he never left character during the shoot.
“It was a really unique situation,” Jared said. “There was a voice, there was a walk, a talk, the whole thing and it takes a little while to lose the muscle memory. I stayed in character the whole time. You know, you can’t really let go of that. You’re constantly in that place, at least I was, and I needed to be there in order to do what I had to do.”
Can someone just hand this man his Oscar already?
What do you think, HollywoodLifers? Should they make size 12 heels for men so they can feel our pain? Does eating 300 calories a day sound like the cruelest fate of all time? Let us know in the comments!
— Shaunna Murphy