When Jared Leto’s name was called at the Golden Globes as the winner of best supporting actor for his work as transgender drug addict Rayon in “Dallas Buyers Club,” he was likely the only person in the room to be surprised. In an interview one week ago today, which will appear in this week’s issue of Variety, Leto admitted he hadn’t prepared a speech and called himself a “dark horse.”
Asked backstage about this remark after his win, he noted, “Well, obviously I didn’t prepare a speech.” And does he still feel like the dark horse? “I’ve always been a bit of an outsider and I don’t think that changes after tonight.” But, as he noted, “Rayon was a bit of an outsider.”
In actuality, his speech was quite lovely and entertaining. He talked about waxing his entire body, including his eyebrows, and added, “”I’m just fortunate that it wasn’t a period piece so I didn’t have to do a full Brazilian. Ladies, you know what I’m talking about though…and so do some of you men, I think.” On a more serious note, he added: “To the Rayons of the world, thanks for the inspiration.”
Backstage, Leto was lighthearted and amused by some of the questions that came his way. When one journalist asked the ponytailed Leto about “your hombre hair” he quickly interrupted: “Next question, please!”
At one point when asked a question, Leto admitted he didn’t hear it because he had spotted Spike Jonze, who had just won for his “Her” screenplay, in the room. “I didn’t hear anything you said because I was looking at Spike Jonze,” he said with a laugh.
Asked if he anticipated the awards love for “Dallas Buyers Club” while making the film, he said, “Not for a single second. I hadn’t made a film in so long I was just focused on not letting anyone down.” In fact, Leto hadn’t shot a film since 2007’s “Mr. Nobody,” which was only released in 2013, since taking on “Dallas.”
As for what’s next, Leto said, “I’m still trying to breathe right now. It’s kind of surreal. I didn’t’ expect that I would win tonight. At all. So I’m shocked and honored and grateful and happy just to be here in the company of so many talented people.”