Suicide Squad's Jared Leto Gets Real About Gender Stereotypes and the Joker's Smell
Jared Leto is so good-looking,I legitimately had a hard time keeping myself on track during this interview.At age 44,the Suicide Squad star still has the tight,dewy skin of a photoshopped baby;his famously ever-changing hair is now slick and short.Perhaps this is why he,a guy,is the new face of both the men's and the women's version of Gucci Guilty .After making red carpet rounds with the brand's creative director Alessandro Michele,Leto sat down with me (a male non-williamhill388beauty-editor/writer/actor/stalker) to talk gender stereotypes,scent memory,and the Joker's smell.
Rightor Doyle: Being asked to represent both the women's and men's fragrances in this Gucci campaign is quite radical.Do you feel a responsibility to represent both genders??
Jared Leto: I was just happy to be asked to be a part of something different in a world that is usually very safe.I feel really proud that someone would think of me for that.I had met Alessandro and thought the work that he had been doing was so dramatically different,explosive,and creative—together I thought that we could do something fresh.We were coming from this place of no judgment.
RD: So which one do you wear—the women's or the men's version??
JL: I've tried and am drawn to both.当你有正确的香味,I don't think it matters who it's supposed to be for.
RD: With your other work,how has scent shaped a character you're creating??
JL: You know,it's funny: Margot [Robbie] came and asked me what [my character in Suicide Squad ] the Joker's favorite smells were.She wanted to create a fragrance that he would like—because,you know,it's fun to be around someone you love the smell of,right?It got me thinking: If the Joker wore a cologne,it would probably be dirty socks and dead fish or rotten French cheese.Notes of tobacco,notes of brain.
RD: Well,speaking of the brain,smell is the sense most tied to memory.
JL: It is the glue that can help bind a memory together.There are things that I smell that really bring me back.It can remind you of a place or a person more acutely than many other things can.
RD: We're both from Louisiana.There are so many smells that remind me of home.
JL: Beignets and gumbo.My grandmother made that stuff.
RD: Oh,I was going to say throw-up on Bourbon Street.
JL: 带我回来了!Scent memory just bowls me over.Campfire,maple syrup…burnt hair.If you've ever smelled burnt hair,there's nothing else like it.
RD: Other than Gucci Guilty,what do you want people to remember you smelling like?Let's say I was walking past a guy in the mall and I say,"That smelled like Jared Leto."What is that smell??
JL: Popcorn.It's irresistible.Sometimes you walk into a place,and you're like,"Goddamn,it's so good,I can't say no."You can't stop eating it,no matter how big the bowl is.That's how I'd like to be remembered smelling.