Jared Leto, 43, is a method actor known for his intense and profound roles in film. He played the super-villain The Joker in the upcoming movie Suicide Squad, and in 2013 he portrayed a drug addicted transgender woman with HIV named Rayon in Dallas Buyers Club. His role in DBC helped bring awareness to multiple issues that are still very relevant in society today. The movie rocked the industry, for which he received more than 40 awards including an Academy Award for his work.
Leto is also a man of many other talents; he is not only a recognized Director, Artist, Innovator, and Investor in some of the western world’s most important companies, he is also the lead singer of a multi-platinum, award winning band called 30 Seconds to Mars.
The predominant themes to most of their songs are inspirational: about dreaming and never giving up. In interviews, he repeatedly mentions that the music is made for the Echelon (the word he prefers to “Fan”) and that he is more inspired by them than they could ever be by him.
So, it should be no surprise to those who follow his work that he also feels just as intensely about people and animals in need around the world. Recently he became a World Wildlife Foundation Ambassador, but he also supports causes like crisis relief, political injustices, and humanitarian efforts.
That’s right, the mysterious sex icon who remains an enigma to even those closest to him, is driven by a heart equally as immense as his many talents and inspiring presence.
For a special event last year he pulled back the curtain on a part of his life he doesn’t speak about often, to bring attention to a cause that is very close to him. On the cusp of his teenage years his mother moved him and his brother to one of the poorest parts of Haiti to help run 2 medical clinics. This part of his life made a huge impact on him and ever since the devastating quake he has been working to try and bring awareness to the country he once called home.
“The experiences I had upon going back to Haiti and seeing the incredible poverty and turmoil this already impoverished nation was coping with have affected my life in a way that has forever changed me.”
Haiti was plunged into a state chaos and desperation just after the new year of 2010, by a 7.0 magnitude earthquake. These size earthquakes aren’t uncommon in the world, but it was the 50+ aftershocks, each measuring over 4.5 that continued the destruction the initial earthquake had caused. By the time the ground had settled, roughly 300,000 Haitians were estimated to have died and more than 3 million were affected. Many of those impacted are still suffering today, nearly 5 years later.
On September 30th 2013, Leto utilized his live streaming social media platform VyRT to broadcast his story digitally around the world. Sharing tales of his experiences returning to Haiti after the devastating earthquake, He also released visual content such as pictures and video. It is his intention to help keep people’s hearts and minds open to a problem that is still very real coming into 2016.
"The Haitian people are resilient people and they're survivors, but this isn't something that is going to be fixed overnight."
Help make a difference and partake in this amazing event.
While the live show may be over, you can still contribute to Haiti by buying a digital copy of the event at Vyrt.com for $14.99 or you can purchase a physical copy of the book Jared Leto created on his personal website.
100% of the profits go to the wonderful people of Haiti.