Leonardo DiCaprio has been soaking up accolades for his jaw-dropping performance in The Revenant, and the role has even garnered him a Golden Globe nomination. Ahead of the big event on Sunday, Leo has been making the press rounds — from opening up about his many near-death experiences to charming us with impressions on The Ellen DeGeneres Show — and in a recent interview with Parade, the 41-year-old actor revealed his current thoughts on settling down and getting married.
While Leo recently split from model girlfriend Kelly Rohrbach and may be known as one of Hollywood's most famous bachelors, the actor hasn't completely sworn off tying the knot. "You can't predict marriage," he said, adding, "You can't plan it." Keep reading to see more of Leo's quotes on settling down, his love for the environment, and what he would be doing if he wasn't an actor.
- On getting married one day: "That time will come when that time comes. The truth is, you can't predict marriage. You can't plan it. It's just going to happen when it happens."
- On his favorite of the films he's done: "That's like asking me to choose between children. The Aviator was the one where, for the first time, I felt I was taking adult responsibility for a film, unlike ever before. In my whole life, the two films I developed were The Aviator and The Wolf of Wall Street. They're projects from my production company that I put together from my own steam, and so they have a special attachment to me."
- On his love and passion for the environment: "As a young boy I was obsessed with endangered species and the extinct species that men killed off. Biology was the subject in school that I was incredibly passionate about. As a kid, I was going to be a marine biologist or an actor. When I became successful as an actor, I said, 'Well, maybe I can lend a voice to this with an equal passion.' You realize how lucky we are, and how destructive we've been, and what little regard we have for the natural world. In a lot of ways [environmental advocacy] becomes a form of spirituality. And here we are, in this unbelievably heavenly moment on planet Earth, and look how we're treating this utopia and the fellow life-forms that we live with. It's disheartening."
- On why he loves acting: "Life can get pretty monotonous. Acting is like living multiple lives. When you make a movie, you go off to different places, live different cultures, investigate somebody else's reality, and you try to manifest that to the best of your ability. It is incredibly eye-opening. That's why I love acting. There's nothing as transformative as what a film, a documentary, can do to get people to care about something else besides their own lives."
- Is he happy? "My dad always told me, 'Go out there, son, and whatever you do, I don't care if you're successful or not, just have an interesting life. Just be happy to put your pants on in the morning.' I believe I'm doing that."