Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 16 September 2014

DiCaprio: I'm comfortable with fame

Leonardo DiCaprio is used to being in the spotlight

Leonardo DiCaprio has revealed he doesn't mind living his life in the public eye.

The 38-year-old, who stars as mysterious multi-millionaire Jay Gatsby in Baz Luhrmann's The Great Gatsby, admitted he feels somewhat at ease in the spotlight.

"I've grown up on screen and in the public eye but I do feel more comfortable than ever before," he said.

Leonardo, who has dated some of the world's most glamorous women, including Gisele Bundchen and Blake Lively, prefers to keep a low profile when he's not doing the promotional rounds for his movies.

"I suppose that comes with age and the realisation that it's been this grand journey to fulfil my childhood dreams in a lot of ways," he continued.

"I lived in Hollywood [as a child] and I was someone who knew about the industry and wanted to become an actor but I was like Nick Carraway, I never felt like I belonged.

"So when I got my foot in the door, it felt like winning the lottery and I'm so excited to be able to do what I do," he added.

The three-time Oscar nominee, who began acting when he was 13 years old, admitted he can relate to his character Gatsby's determination.

"I do identify certainly with someone who's manifested what he wanted [to become] as an adult and worked tirelessly and had such a great ambition to become that," he said.

"The truth is my life is different from Gatsby's. He is someone who has erased his past and all his connections to his humble beginnings so he could reinvent himself as this great oligarch. The great tragedy is that once he becomes tabloid fodder, no-one wants to be attached to him."

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