Still looking fifty shades of hot, the 42-year-old — yes, you read that correctly — actor is front and center in Flaunt magazine‘s latest issue, putting on some major smoldering eyes on the cover.
In its accompanying interview, Leto talks his exciting year, which included nabbing a Golden Globe and SAG Award for his portrayal of a transgender AIDS patient in Dallas Buyers Club, and taking risks in his film career.
“I’ve made a lot of films that have fallen short,” he admits. “Films where we had the right intentions. Independent art house films that we all had high hopes for, but fell short. Gaining sixty-seven pounds for Chapter 27. Yeah, I think I’m willing to risk everything. I don’t say that with any conceits. I say that as a fact.”
He continues, “I don’t see there being reward in another way. At least any worthy one. So when they connect with people and the films resonate, or the performance resonates—it’s a really wonderful thing to celebrate that.”
“I made it very clear early on that I saw Rayon as a man who wanted to live his life as a woman, not someone who enjoyed putting on women’s clothing,” Leto explains to the publication regarding the role that may — and probably will — win him his first Oscar. “If they wanted that kind of performance — or anything glam, or anything drag queen-y — I wasn’t the person for the part.”