Jared Leto Turns 41: See the Birthday Boy's Career Evolution (PHOTOS)
It's hard to believe that actor-turned-rocker Jared Leto is turning the big 4-1 on Wednesday.
The former teen idol first broke onto the scene with 1994's My So-Called Life as the object of Claire Danes' affections, Jordan Catalano. Since then, he's found success in both big blockbuster movies and indie art house films, stepping into a variety of roles including 1970s Olympic hopeful Steve Prefontaine and a WWII soldier.
But Leto isn't just wowing spectators on the silver screen.
Alongside his brother Shannon, the Louisiana-native is also the frontman for alternative rock group, 30 Seconds to Mars.
Over the years, the band has released three successful full-length albums, including the platinum-certified A Beautiful Lie.
Now, Leto is tackling his toughest role yet, playing a cross-dressing, transsexual woman with HIV during the height of the AIDS epidemic for The Dallas Buyers' Club. The film co-stars Matthew McConaughey.Vulture about fasting for his role.
“Sometimes it’s hard to hold onto water, for me it’s not about the most weight I can lose -- it’s more to represent the character.”
This isn’t the first time the actor has taken extreme measures to transform his weight for his on-screen persona. In 2007, the self-professed vegan gained 62 pounds to play the infamous murderer of John Lennon in the flick Chapter 27 — and it came with dramatic consequences. Leto lost the weight so abruptly he was diagnosed with gout.
To celebrate Leto's birthday, and his booming Hollywood career, we're taking a look back at the actor's career evolution.
Launch the gallery above to see how he's transformed through the years.