‘In the end it doesn’t matter that much’

Jared Leto is timeless, but don’t ask him what his secret is.

In a new interview with Men’s healththe House of Gucci and WeCrashed star talks about the relationship he has with his body, his mind and his fans around the world who are relentlessly curious about his skincare secrets.

Jared Leto may look eternally young, but that’s not exactly on purpose. According to the actor, it’s all about genetics and a healthy attitude to life. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)

“I have a good answer for that, but I probably won’t tell you,” said Leto, 50, when asked about his skincare routine, explaining that genetics plays the most important role.

“Really, honestly, it doesn’t really matter that much in the end,” he explained of people’s obsession with his youthful appearance, noting that Hollywood’s fixation on youth can be quite toxic.

“People started talking about my age and things like that ten years ago,” he said. “As you get older, people start to say, ‘Ah, you’re still young.’ And then there’s this age where they go, For real?

“Unfortunately, I’m not getting any movie roles playing a rather young-looking old man,” he said. “Maybe I’m doing something wrong – I’m not taking advantage of it enough. It just doesn’t matter. You can be 30 years old and have an incredibly exciting, interesting, fulfilling life, or you can be 60 and have a crisis.”

Leto, whose health and fitness routine includes rock climbing and intense meditation, can’t help but observe society’s prejudices when it comes to weight — something he experienced firsthand when he gained 60 pounds to play Mark David Chapman in 2008’s Chapter 27.

“More importantly, how does it change the way you walk? How does it change the way you talk? How does it change the way people treat you?” he explained.

“I once gained over 60lbs for a part, and it was amazing,” he said of Chapter 27† “I remember I asked someone for the time in New York and they recoiled. I saw people I knew who didn’t know I was filming and thought I had fallen – I don’t know how to describe it – that I had ‘not taken care of myself’. They saw it as a sign that something was wrong in my life. It was very wild to experience that.”

However, as he gets older, Leto says he develops a new relationship with his body — one of respect and appreciation for tranquility. But don’t confuse that with “settling down,” a phrase he hates.

“Why Would You Ever Want” arrange† he said. “Your physical body may fail, or your brain, and you may turn away from some goals and focus on others. You can be a hundred years old and breathe very deeply and intently. That probably has its own challenges and rewards.”

Gaining or losing weight for certain roles is not new to Leto. In an interview with the Los Angeles Times last year he explained the meaning of his dedication.

“I’ve done things like this a lot, and it’s a great way to plant a flag in the ground for yourself,” he said of his extreme weight swings. “Because when you engage in that kind of physical commitment, it can really attract a lot of the other characteristics or elicit other elements of the character.”

Still, “It’s not something I take lightly, and I do my very best to talk other actors out if they’ve called me in the past,” he explained. “I don’t think I’ll ever do it again. It gets harder and harder. It’s probably OK to do once or twice in your career, but I certainly wouldn’t recommend it to anyone as a normal thing, because I think it can be pretty dangerous.”

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