Jared Joseph Leto is an American actor, singer-songwriter, and director. After starting his career with television appearances in the early 1990s, Leto achieved recognition for his role as Jordan Catalano on the television series My So-Called Life.
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This Tuesday, the 4th of July, we are filming a massive portrait of America, capturing a single day in the life of this beautiful country in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.
It’s an incredible opportunity to document the USA during a very important time in our country.
And we need your help.
We are asking you to film what’s important, impactful, challenging or inspiring to you.
It can be a single shot, a person, an entire event, or a compelling story - we want to see your America in all its imperfect glory.
When shooting, please try to be as brave, bold and creative as possible. The most compelling footage will be what makes it into the final portrait.
In addition, we would like you or your subject to look into the camera and answer the following questions.
If there is anything else that you have the desire to say or share, please feel free.
Our goal is to create this portrait based on footage captured on a single day - July 4th, 2017 - but if there are events or images that transpire on another day that we feel we need to tell our story, we will include those.
Have you ever wanted to destroy something beautiful?
What's the first rule, homie?
What's your BEST 4th of July memory from over the years?
Watching the fireworks after climbing Bears Lodge aka Devils Tower was pretty unforgettable.
What I'm about to ask is a very, very important question. Your response is very crucial in a life or death situation. Now, the question is...pineapple on pizza, or no?
Jared. Aren't you tired after all your flights and everything you did the past days?
How are you dealing with those periods without sleep and exhaustion? Any tips?
We had about forty hours of travel and twenty hours of flight time but we are so excited about this project adrenaline is getting us through it
I love your country and I'm so thankful to have been there, even if only for a short while. How do you see America in these times?
Thanks! I appreciate the question, but I'm going to save the answer for the film.
What would you say the most rewarding experience of your career has been so far?
The journey of Thirty Seconds to Mars with my brother Shannon. He is a powerful performer and a true artist.
Are you still a vegan?
As often as possible
Hey Jared, what's the best piece of advice you've recieved during your career?
Katharine Hepburn was asked by young reporter advice about LA and she responded, "Take Fountain" (LA Pro-Tip)
What is the worst decision you've made that has led to the most unexpected/positive outcome?
Every worst decision I've ever made has led to a positive outcome because I've learned from it
What compelled you to do this project?
What do you hope comes out of it?
When I was a kid I saw a book that National Geographic made where they hired photographers to shoot imagery of the USA over a single day. It made a big impact on me. When I was making this album certain themes kept coming up that made it clear there was an opportunity here to make a film like this.
Getting down to the hard questions here. What's your favorite shitty food?
As someone who wants to better achieve goals, how do you go about having such determination and drive to accomplish what you put your mind too?
It helps if you are doing something you are passionate about because you are always going to come up against doubt and fear. The passion or love for what you are doing will help you stay committed or focused on the work that needs to be done.
Happy 4th of July Jared! I submitted my videos. How do you choose the videos to include in your project?
Great question! We will choose the videos based on how compelling they are. It doesn't have to be the worlds most beautiful shot, it can be something incredibly revealing or inspiring. Thanks.
Hello Jared! When is your next album coming out?
You will have some new music this year!
Are you proud to be American?
All of us have bad days. What are you doing to avoid stress? And what gives you power to go on?
The faith that hard work and commitment will pay off
Do you like dogs?
Hello, how would you describe your career? would you say that you are a musician-actor, or an actor-musician?
I'm an artist
Which MARS music video has been the most fun to shoot?
A Beautiful Lie was pretty special. It was amazing to shoot in the Arctic.
You've been a great part of modern culture, how does that have an impact on your life, knowing you've been in lots of recognizable work over the years?
I'm really fortunate and am very grateful for the opportunities that I have had and the work I am able to do.
Will you be going through all submissions for A Day in The Life of America??
Yes, will be leading the charge and joined by an incredible team of editors. There will be hundreds of thousands of hours of footage. Can't wait!
What is your favorite color?
Mauve... or taupe.
How do you see your day today? Do you use to do something particular on this day?
Yes we have about 150 people or more working on a day in the life of America plus thousands of people contributing their thoughts to the film so we are hunkered down at headquarters. I may escape at some point in the day and film something!
Have you traveled to all 50 states?
any hints you can give us about the new album? ;)
Yes, will be coming out this year!
Hi Jared, what did you have for breakfast today?
Bobs Red Mills muesli!
Has streaming media lived up to its promise for indie filmmakers and musicians? Has the removal of distribution gatekeepers been a good thing?
Yes has been a great thing and we are definitely moving toward a better future for artists. It's not what is should be, but it's getting there.
Do you guys plan on coming to play in Ireland again in the near future?
We hope so!
Are you going to answer the questions on the film?
Yes absolutely and you should too!
Where in the U.S have you not yet been to, but wish to visit someday?
I haven't been to the red river gorge or Zion. Both would be amazing!
do you have any advice on what to film for those who live in small towns outside of america?
Small towns are incredibly important as their are so many of the hopes and dreams. Additionally, Answer the five questions and ask others the five questions.
Hey Mr. Leto, big fan of a lot of your work. Which American historical figure would you fist fight if you could?
Bruce Lee because I know I would get my ass kicked and I wouldn't be disappointed with the outcome. #bruceleekickedmyass
Hi Jared, what do you expect to see in the videos? And in which country?
I hope to be surprised and inspired by the videos! I'm really excited to see what comes in!