THE ESQUIRE INTERVIEW
Leonardo DiCaprio is the cover subject of the May issue of Esquire, on stands April 23rd. In the interview, he opens up about having thought of himself as the underdog at the start of his career, navigating his success, and his single status.
“I always thought of myself as the underdog, because I didn’t have nice enough clothes or maybe my hair didn’t look good. And so you have to understand – getting your foot in the door is like winning the lottery. It’s literally like winning the lottery if you get to have a career. And I’ve always felt, Okay, now I’ve gotten this shot, and I’m lucky to have gotten this shot, and if I don’t do this to the best of my ability – if I don’t work my ass off and make a life of it – I’ve squandered this incredibly golden opportunity. And that’s always been what has propelled me.”
On navigating his early success, “I really didn’t understand what fame was and I didn’t understand what being in a giant hit was and I didn’t understand what a giant hit Titanic was compared to other giant hits. There was no rule book. There was nobody to navigate me through the experience of being watched all the time and nobody to tell me how to be normal when everybody is acting and looking at me differently.”
On relationships, “Six months of being on location or being off in Morocco or someplace like that is not the best thing for a relationship.”