Jared Joseph Leto (born December 26, 1971) is an American actor and musician. He began his education by studying art, and then later, film and video. Leto gained fame during his role as Jordan Catalano in My So-Called Life. He has appeared in films such as Fight Club; Girl, Interrupted; Panic Room; American Psycho; Alexander; Requiem for a Dream; Lord of War, Prefontaine and Mr. Nobody. He is the lead vocalist, rhythm guitarist and main songwriter for the American rock band 30 Seconds to Mars and has directed music videos under the pseudonym Bartholomew Cubbins.
In 1992, Leto moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in music, but also accepted some part-time acting roles. Two years later, he landed a role in the TV show My So-Called Life, in which he played Jordan Catalano, opposite Claire Danes. After the show ended in 1995, Leto acted in several films such as How to Make an American Quilt,The Last of the High Kings,Girl Interrupted, Urban Legend, The Thin Red Line, Prefontaine and Fight Club. In 1996 and 1997, Leto was chosen as one of the 50 Most Beautiful People in the World. Both titles were awarded by People magazine.
30 Seconds to Mars
Aside from his film career, Jared Leto is the lead vocalist, rhythm guitarist and sole songwriter of the band 30 Seconds to Mars. He started the band in 1995 and was signed in 1998 with his brother, Shannon Leto, who is the band's drummer. The band has released three full-length albums: the eponymous debut 30 Seconds to Mars, 2005's A Beautiful Lie and 2009's This Is War. They began opening for other bands and started their first headlining tour, Forever Night Never Day, in March 2006. In May 2007, the band did a tour in Europe. In August 2008, Virgin Records filed a $30 million lawsuit against Leto and 30 Seconds to Mars, claiming the band refused to deliver three albums as required by its contract. According to the lawsuit, the band "repudiated" a 1999 contract in July. In late April 2009 the lawsuit with EMI was annulled and 30 Seconds To Mars decided to re-sign with Virgin Records. Their third album, This Is War, was released on December 8, 2009, while the first single, "Kings and Queens," premiered Tuesday, October 6, 2009. "This is War" was the second single of the album.
Jared Leto Goes Blonde Hits Fashion Week
Sporting a newly lightened coif, Jared Leto was spotted arriving at the Calvin Klein Menswear Fall 2009 fashion show in New York City yesterday (February 15).
The 30 Seconds to Mars frontman looked slick in a black leather zip-up jacket with aviator sunglasses, black trousers, and black lace-up shoes.
On his way to NYC on Friday (February 13), Leto was spotted at LAX International Airport as he went through the security checkpoint. Due to his resemblance to the Unabomber, Jared was detained and searched before he boarded the plane.
And it seems that Cupid may have influenced the alt-rocker, because he was spotted on the sidewalk outside his hotel on Valentine’s Day passing out white roses.
According to Leto, he received 40 white roses from “someone very sweet,” but he wanted to spread the love. “What are you going to do with 40 roses in a hotel room?” he asked. "It's funny to see people's reaction, just having a stranger come up and handing them roses."