We don’t have to tell you that Leonardo DiCaprio is one of Hollywood’s most highly-acclaimed (and followed) stars.
So what does the 41-year-old notorious bachelor think of all the hype?
In a new interview with Parade mag, The Revenant star says it all comes down to his passion for acting and having a platform to create change in the world.
But The Wolf Of Wall Street actor isn’t interested in fame for fame’s sake, that’s just part of the territory:
“If I wanted to quit acting, I could have done it a long time ago. I love making movies. I feel lucky and fortunate to do it, and it is absolutely worth sacrificing a lot of my private life. I don’t think anyone [famous] ever really gets used to it. It’s always surreal. At the end of the day, there are people with much harder jobs who sacrifice a lot more of their own lives to do them, people in the armed forces. I don’t want to hear myself complain about the hardships of being famous├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥because I do have the freedom to stop, if I wanted to.”
The fame he’s acquired over his four decades in Hollywood has given him a platform to be an environmental advocate — something he’s been very passionate about since he was a kid:
“As a young boy I was obsessed with endangered species and the extinct species that men killed off. Biology was the subject in school that I was incredibly passionate about. As a kid, I was going to be a marine biologist or an actor. When I became successful as an actor, I said, ‘Well, maybe I can lend a voice to this with an equal passion.’ You realize how lucky we are, and how destructive we’ve been, and what little regard we have for the natural world. In a lot of ways [environmental advocacy] becomes a form of spirituality. And here we are, in this unbelievably heavenly moment on planet Earth, and look how we’re treating this utopia and the fellow life-forms that we live with. It’s disheartening.”
With all of his star power, the mag points out the Leo could have any woman he wants, do anything he wants… so why concern himself with things like “fires killing orangutans in Indonesia?”
“Because the idea of pursuing material objects your whole life is absolutely soulless. Steve Jobs [co-founder of Apple] sat on his deathbed talking about how greed and wealth is the root problem of everything. I believe that too. My career has given me so much from a material standpoint. I feel that I absolutely need to give back in whatever capacity I can. It’s my moral obligation.”
As far as his personal life goes, the El Lay native recently called it off with Baywatch beauty Kelly Rohrbach — but that doesn’t mean marriage is off the table for him in the future:
“That time will come when that time comes. The truth is, you can’t predict marriage. You can’t plan it. It’s just going to happen when it happens.”
Until then… DiCaprio is focused on his career.
“Acting always represented a way out for me. I saw many things in the neighborhoods where I grew up that were pretty terrifying. Acting takes you away from reality. Being able to escape was important. Movies do that for me. Two hours inside of a theater can transport you into a completely other universe. To me, that’s the beauty of movies.”
The Titantic star enjoys the ability to step into someone else’s reality:
“Life can get pretty monotonous. Acting is like living multiple lives. When you make a movie, you go off to different places, live different cultures, investigate somebody else’s reality, and you try to manifest that to the best of your ability. It is incredibly eye-opening. That’s why I love acting. There’s nothing as transformative as what a film, a documentary, can do to get people to care about something else besides their own lives.”
His lifestyle seems to be suiting him just fine:
“My dad always told me, ‘Go out there, son, and whatever you do, I don’t care if you’re successful or not, just have an interesting life. Just be happy to put your pants on in the morning.’ I believe I’m doing that.”
We have a feeling it won’t be too long before Leo has another gorgeous supermodel on his arm…
[Image via John Russo/Parade.]