Jared Leto
Jared Joseph Leto is an American actor, director, producer, occasional model
Model (person)
A model , sometimes called a mannequin, is a person who is employed to display, advertise and promote commercial products or to serve as a subject of works of art....

 and musician. Leto has appeared in both big budget Hollywood films and smaller projects from independent
Independent film
An independent film, or indie film, is a professional film production resulting in a feature film that is produced mostly or completely outside of the major film studio system. In addition to being produced and distributed by independent entertainment companies, independent films are also produced...

 producers and art houses
Art film
An art film is the result of filmmaking which is typically a serious, independent film aimed at a niche market rather than a mass market audience...

. He rose to prominence for playing Jordan Catalano in the teenage drama My So-Called Life
My So-Called Life
My So-Called Life is an American teen drama television series created by Winnie Holzman and produced by Edward Zwick and Marshall Herskovitz. It originally aired on ABC from August 25, 1994, to January 26, 1995 and was distributed by The Bedford Falls Company with ABC Productions. Set at the...

(1994). He later made his film debut in How to Make an American Quilt
How to Make an American Quilt
How to Make an American Quilt is a 1995 movie which was directed by Jocelyn Moorhouse and stars Winona Ryder, Maya Angelou, Ellen Burstyn and Anne Bancroft...

(1995) and received first notable critical praise for his performance in Prefontaine (1997).

My coolest job was when I was 12 and I was a dishwasher at the Three Pigs Bar-B-Que for $2.50 an hour. All the fleabags and stoners worked there, so that's where I wanted to be.

Detour, November 1996.

I always had an understanding and a connection and a good relationship with gay men and women. And I don't want to censor myself about the [censored] subject because I don't have a problem with gay or straight or any of that."

OUT, 2004

All of my roles have had their own unique set of challenges, and I enjoy that in some perverse, masochistic way. I'm always dying though! Maybe I have some kind of fetish.

Nylon Guys, 2005

No one shakes their bon-bon like I do, except Ricky [Martin].

Interview with Ink19, November 2005

Is it a little rude to answer your phone in the middle of a [censored] song?

Milan, Alcatraz, 2008

It's your country, I don't make the rules. I just visit. Jesus.

Lisbon, Pavilhão Atlântico, May 2008