Wednesday Morning Man: Jared Leto!
Jared Leto gave us all a reason to love him even more this week.
Marc Malkin reports that Jared is among those who are helping to raise money for gay rights group FAIR by taking part in an online auction of celebrity-signed prints of artist Shepard Fairey’s “Defend Equality Love Unites,” a poster in support of gay marriage.
Jared did more than just doodle his autograph. After writing out the actual language of the Proposition 8 ballot initiative on the back of his Fairey print, he burned it and placed the ashes in a clear glass urn with the inscription, “Here lies within, the remains of Proposition 8, may it rest in peace.” Then he signed, dated and topped it with a red ribbon.
Jared, 37, came to fame starring with Claire Danes and Wilson Cruz in the memorable ABC drama My So-Called Life then has gone on to give memorable performances in such films as Requiem for a Dream, Prefontaine, Alexander, Panic Room and Chapter 27.
As successful as he has been in films, Jared puts just as much energy – if not more – into his band 30 Seconds to Mars.
“I’m not an actor dreaming of singing on stage or in a band wishing I was a movie star,” he told me in an interview last year. “I love making films with a passion – I have a great amount of love and passion. Making music and touring the world is a tremendous gift. I am one of the luckiest persons on the planet to be able to do both.”