Belfast Telegraph

Friday 18 April 2014

Leonardo DiCaprio: I'm grounded

Leonardo DiCaprio

Leonardo DiCaprio says fame is “empty and pointless”.

The actor has enjoyed a lengthy Hollywood career and is believed to have a personal wealth of around $200 million. Despite his fame and fortune, Leonardo strives to stay grounded and humble. In 1998, he set up the charitable Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation and vows to continue giving back to society.

“It’s important for me to be in touch with the real world. It helps me as an actor, so I live much like I’ve always been. I don’t own boats, or a private jet, or anything that I need staff to take care of. I like to have capital that I can do something productive with,” he told British magazine Grazia. “The money I’ve earned has allowed me to involve myself in projects I’m interested in and, above all else, help people who need it. The latter is, without doubt, the best thing about being wealthy. You learn, after you’ve been in the business for a while, that fame is empty and pointless.”

Although Leonardo tries to live a normal life, he has gained a reputation for partying with celebrity pals such as Tobey Maguire, Jonah Hill and Bradley Cooper as well as dating a series of beautiful women. The 38-year-old hunk has previously romanced models including Gisele Bündchen, Bar Refaeli and Erin Heatherton, and was most recently linked to Heather Hahn.

Leonardo is yet to find the right woman to settle down with, but has revealed the qualities he looks for in a female.

“You’re always yearning for a partner in life, but it is awfully hard to develop a relationship unless you devote every day to that person,” he admitted. “[I like girls who] can make me laugh. And I like honest girls.”

Leonardo’s latest movie role sees him play the title role in Baz Luhrmann’s big screen version of The Great Gatsby.

He has great sympathy for the enigmatic Jay Gatsby and describes him as an “idealistic” person who is trying to embody the American dream of getting wealthy quickly.

Leonardo also spoke about the pressures of being one of the biggest names in Hollywood.

He thanks his friends and family for keeping him on the right path while living in the public spotlight.

“Some of the greatest actors have a gone a little bit nuts as a result of the pressures. It’s an easy trap to fall into, letting fame get to you,” he added. “I’ve been fortunate to have parents at my side who have guided me well. Thanks to them and a good group of friends, I manage to lead a normal life. They keep me sane. Everything else is hype or fabrication.”

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