Is Jared Leto Gay or Straight?
Seeing Jared Leto star in a movie is truly a gift. Since his rise to fame in the 1990’s, Leto’s popularity has skyrocketed to impressive heights. His fans are genuinely interested in his life, wanting to know everything about him, including who Leto is dating, what movies he appears in, his band’s music and of course, his shirtless pictures. Some people have rumors that Jared Leto is gay. But is the speculation about his sexual orientation warranted?
Read our article and learn more about this sexy male celebrity who seems to have everyone in Hollywood talking. Share your thoughts and discuss Jared Leto, the Fight Club actor and band musician whose shirtless pictures are popular with gay and straight people alike! Do you think Jared Leto is gay or straight?
Jared Leto GAY-TA File
- Born December 26, 1971
- Place of Birth: Bossier City, Louisiana USA
- Sign: Capricorn
Celebrity Type: Actor/ Musican
Sexual Orientation: Identifies as Straight
“You know you’re really famous when there are rumors about you being gay.” goodreads.com
IMBD Bio Snippet for Jared Leto
In the vein of musicians-turned-actors, Jared Leto is a very familiar face in recent film history. Although he has always been the lead vocals, rhythm guitar, and songwriter for American band 30 Seconds to Mars, Leto will always be remembered as an accomplished actor for the numerous, challenging projects he has taken in his life.- IMBD
Background on Jared Leto
Louisiana born Jared Leto is one of the most fascinating personalities to hit the entertainment and music industry in recent memory. He is known for both his sound and his acting. Standing at 5’9, his dark brown hair and crystal blue eyes make him a sexy fan favorite of moviegoers.
According to IMDB, his acting career can be traced back to the early 1990’s when he first appeared on the television series Camp Wilder (1992-93) in the role of Dexter. It was then that his career began to accelerate, landing parts on a number of other television shows, including My So Called Life. In 1995 he got his first movie role in How to Make an American Quilt, playing the part of Beck. After that first movie role on the silver screen, his acting career skyrocketed, appearing in a new movie almost every year between 1996 and 2009. During this busy period, Leto also somehow found time to start a band called 30 Seconds to Mars (Wikipedia).
What Fuels Gay Rumors about Jared Leto
There are a number of reasons why gay rumors are attached to Jared Leto which primarily relate to the roles he has played in movies. This is not uncommon for male actors who play gay parts, such as the case with many who are featured on our Straight or Gay Blog. Let’s trace back Leto’s acting career to see where some of these rumors come from.
Black and White
In 1999, Leto played the role of a gay high school teacher in the movie Black and White (IMDB) as the character Casey. The movie itself was a comedy and starred a number of well-known actors including Robert Downey Junior and Scott Caan. While there were no “gay scenes” per se in this film, the role itself did give the impression early on that Leto may be gay in real life. We have seen this phenomenon happen with other actors who play a gay role, such as in the case with Benedict Cumberbatch. And it is important to note that it is not uncommon for good looking actors to be tagged as “being gay”, perhaps in part out of wishful thinking by some gay men gay men and because an “information vacuum” exists regarding the star’s private life. Chris Evans, for example has been on the receiving end of gay rumors for this reason.
There would be other gay related movies that Leto would appear which helped to fuel the gay rumors and water cooler pink gossip.
Perhaps one of the biggest reasons that Jared Leto is thought of as being gay by many people relates to the role he played in the 2004 movie, Alexander, directed by Oliver Stone. Alexander is a movie about the life and times of Alexander III of Macedon (aka Alexander the Great), King of the Greek Kingdom in 356 BC.
In this film, we see Leto playing the part of Hephaistion, which the movie suggests is Alexander the Great’s gay lover. Alexander was played by Colin Farrell, who also has seen his fair share of pink whispers.
While there may be some debate on the true relationship between these two historical figures, there is no debate about the gay scenes that took place in the film between Leto and Farrell. The movie itself received a great deal of attention prior to its opening with much controversy. In fact, Oliver Stone had to scale back some of the gay scenes in the movie because of pressure from Warner Brothers (New York Times). Needless to say this particular flick caused many to question the sexual orientation of Jared Leto, strongly fueling a line of gay rumors. We are including a video here that offers a basic overview of the romance scenes between Alexander and Hephaistion.
Dallas Buyers Club
One other movie that has contributed to gay rumors is Dallas Buyers Club (2013), a film where Jared Leto appears as a HIV+ transsexual and co-stars Matthew McConaughey, who plays the role of an AIDS patient (Entertainment Weekly) At its core, the plot of this film is the story of Ron Woodroof (Matthew McConaughey), a homophobic electrician who receives an HIV diagnosis in 1986 and essentially, a death sentence. Viewers see the struggles of Woodruff as he battles with the medical establishment and “big pharma” for help with getting treatment for his illness. Unable to get their support, he takes matters into his own hands, looking for alternative treatments elsewhere.
As part of the storyline, Woodruff transforms into a gay community beacon, selling and smuggling drug treatments from other countries back to the United States to help extend the lives of others living with HIV/AIDS. He is assisted by his business partner and best friend, Rayon (Jared Leto), a colorful transsexual who brings an endearing and at times, humorous element to the movie.
Fan Fact: It is important to note here that Jared Leto had a personal connection to this movie’s exploration of HIV treatments back in the 80’s and early 90’s. In an interview that appeared in Huffington Post Gay Voices, the actor shared that when he first moved to Los Angeles in his 20’s, he watched a neighbor with HIV/AIDS physically deteriorate and wither away. In the interview, Leto discusses his friendship with this person and one cannot help but be touched by the actor’s compassion for his friend.
We are including a scene here from Dallas Buyer’s Club to provide a visual of Leto’s character, Rayon.
Support for Marriage Equality
Some Jared Leto gay rumors have been attributed to the actor/musician because of his strong support of GLBT rights, including marriage equality. He was a major voice in trying to turn the tide against Proposition 8, a ballot initiative which sought to overturn the California State Supreme Court’s decision to allow same sex marriage. He raised massive amounts of money to help with the cause and spoke publically at fundraising events for LGBT rights groups. He also took to social media, tweeting in response to President Barak Obama’s public support of same sex marriage. In his tweet, Leto shared, @jaredleto: Nice to hear this from big B himself! (Wikipedia).
Gay or Straight Comments
Jared Leto has been named a “Sexiest Man Alive” by a number of online fan sites and in print with Glamour. He defies his age, looking much younger than his years as noted in a Buzzfeed article. Because of his youthful appearance and because he never seems to age, some have speculated that Leto has had plastic surgery.
The gay rumors about Jared Leto are at stark contrast to the actor/musicians relational history. The public record of Leto suggests a strong attraction to women and is well established. Some of these relationships have been with well-known female celebrities, including Taylor Swift, Lupita Nyong’o and Miley Cyrus (Huffington Post). It has also been reported that Leto is known to chase after women, as reported by The Nation in a February, 2014 article in which it is revealed that he was turned down by to female models while at Fashion Week in New York.
He has a reputation for being a “Ladies Man”, which was mentioned in a December, 2010 Details Magazine interview with the actor/musician entitled, The Redemption of Jared Leto. While he shies away from specifics on his relationship with women, he offers the following in response to an interview question about being a ladies man.
I’ve certainly had my experiences out there, but I wouldn’t be so much of a gentleman if I talked about them. I would furthermore say, if you hope to have any respect at all, you probably shouldn’t talk about them” (Details, 2010).
There have been some who have tried to say that Leto had a “Greek Boyfriend” as shared in social media stories in 2010, with pictures of Leto and another man together. There is nothing however to substantiate these rumors.
Jared Leto is a gifted actor who has a wide range of abilities, giving him the skill sets necessary to play a number of different roles. He is sexy, charming and a talented musician. We hope to see this man at our movie theaters for years to come. Fans would also like to continue hearing more great music from his band, 30 Seconds to Mars.
There is no doubt about it – Jared Leto is a major celebrity and sex symbol with millions of followers worldwide. He has been a champion of GLBT rights and a friend to other causes.
For fun, we will put the question of Jared Leto’s sexual orientation up for a vote and allow an opportunity for discussion