Jared Leto revealed that a “moment of clarity” led him to overcome his stint as a “professional drug user.”
Appearing on “The Zane Lowe Show” this week, the Thirty Seconds to Mars frontman said he was exposed to drugs at a young age which made him “always interested” in them.
“I grew up in an environment where there were drugs around. I mean, I knew what the smell of weed is, as a very, very young kid,” the Oscar winner, 51, told host Zane Lowe.
“I remember walking by some trees, like bushes or something as a young kid, very young kid, maybe, I don’t know, fourth grade or something. And saying to the other kids, ‘Oh, someone’s smoking pot there.’ They’re like, ‘What do you mean? What’s pot?’ They didn’t know what that certain spice was. But for us it was pretty normal.”
The “House of Gucci” actor admitted that his curiosity about drugs led him to give in and sell them himself.
“I was always interested in that,” he shared. “I was always interested in drugs. I was always interested in an experience. I was interested in taking some risk, yeah.”
“I think that’s probably common for people that like to experiment or explore,” he added.
The “Dallas Buyers Club” star went on, “Addiction is a whole another part of it, of course. Taking drugs is one thing, but does it start taking you?”
“I took it for a ride, and then it took me for a ride for sure,” the “Suicide Squad” actor added.
Elsewhere, the rocker said he ultimately had “an epiphany” at the height of his drug use, which caused him to re-evaluate his lifestyle.
“I had a moment of clarity,” he recalled. “I had an epiphany. There were two paths that I could take in life. I guess is the only way I can describe it,” he explained.
“I took that path. I’ve had very close friends that didn’t, and they’re not here anymore. Many.”
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Leto previously opened up about his relationship with drugs in a 2016 interview with Rolling Stone.
“My experience with drugs?” he asked. “I did them, lots of them. A lot of them were really fun. There are just those few that tend to kick you in the ass. I guess at some point, too, there’s a decision: Is this going to be my life? I made a choice to pursue other dreams.”
“I guess that’s just the kind of fucked thing about a lot of drugs: The opportunity cost is too high. Some drugs are incredible, but the risk versus reward is out of line. I just saw too many examples of what not to do.”
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