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Leonardo DiCaprio in Esquire May 2013

Leonardo DiCaprio Talks Relationships and Finding Fame as an Underdog

Leonardo DiCaprio Esquire cover for May 2013.

Leonardo DiCaprio looks dapper in a suit on the cover of Esquire's May issue, which will be available on newsstands April 23. He is gearing up for a big month with the debut of his latest, The Great Gatsby, at the Cannes Film Festival next month on May 19. Along with prepping for his Gatsby promotional tour, he has been busy filming The Wolf of Wall Street alongside Matthew McConaughey, which will hit big screens this Fall.

Leo, however, did not always have such a demanding schedule, which he addressed in his interview with Esquire. He also touched on the topics of handling his early success on his own as well as why a relationship could be a difficult thing to maintain at the moment. Here is more from Leonardo DiCaprio in Esquire:

  • On finding fame as an underdog: "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."
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