Jared Leto won an Oscar this year for his role as the drag queen, Rayon, in ‘Dallas Buyers Club.’ He deserved it, he played the role so convincingly, you almost forgot you were watching Jared Leto at all.
The actor covers the Evening Standard Deluxe, in a photo taken by Terry Richardson, of course. Inside the magazine he reveals he considered going to the Oscars in drag
He almost went in drag to the Oscars: “I thought about dragging up for the Oscars, going as Rayon, because I knew that she would have loved to be there. It’s so much work for girls to get ready. I was brought up by my mum, so I always had an appreciation of women. But now I have more respect for the process. It’s a lot, what women have to do to themselves. But in the end, when you put that final dash of lipstick on and your look all comes together, it really is a glorious reward.”
He doesn’t pay attention to awards… “But I would never say, ‘I don’t give a s–t about the Oscars,’ because it’s not the whole truth. It’s not about the shiny, naked golden man, or the pat on the back, it’s about being able to stand on a world stage for two minutes in front of a billion people and say something that is meaningful, important to you…I could have really taken the piss. But I didn’t want to wing it with this one. I prepared. I wanted to keep it classy.”
All the Oscars after-parties: “It was pretty f–king fantastic to see all those Hollywood dreamers letting loose with such abandon. I looked over and my mother was dancing with Madonna.”
He respects trans people: “I became a detective, I met with transgendered people, I asked questions: ‘What was it like to tell your parents?’ ‘What’s it like to be judged?’ You don’t have to desire the surgery to have your penis cut off, but you do have to understand it. We all have issues with our identity, or know what it’s like not to belong.”