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Leonardo Is Lucky, Optimistic, and Looking Toward Marriage

With Body of Lies out next weekend and Revolutionary Road getting Oscar buzz already, Leonardo DiCaprio has a busy Fall ahead of him. The quiet heartthrob took a moment to sit down with Parade to talk about his career, his family, and his revised views on marriage. His relationship with Bar Refaeli is still very off and on, but he sounds happy, calm, and in control of his career. Here are highlights:

  • On Titanic: "Titanic was a period of rebellion for me," he says. "I was very much portrayed in the press as a heartthrob. It wasn’t what I wanted to be. It was like a runaway train. This thing just took off. I didn’t understand what was happening to me. My instinctive reaction to this tabloid madness was to want to run away. . . I am proud to have been in Titanic," he says. "I’m grateful for the possibilities it’s given me. If it hadn’t been for that movie, I wouldn’t have been able to take control of my career. It was during that time that I started to think about things that meant more to the world than this glorified, superficial media exposure of me, something I never felt was justified."
  • On previously saying he doesn't believe in marriage: "No, I don’t agree with any of that. It sounds like the ignorance of youth to me. When did I say that? Three or four years ago? Hey, we grow up real fast. What I definitely feel a need for is to make my life about more than just my career," he continues. "Just last night I was thinking to myself how little of my life has been lived normally and not spent on some far-off movie location. I want to get married and have children. In saying that, I realize I am contradicting everything I’ve said before. I absolutely believe in marriage."

To read what Leo has to say about the memory of his grandmother and never becoming cynical, just

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  • On his attitude: "I hope I never get cynical. . . I think you need youthful energy, excitement, and optimism in life. There is a lot I want to do, and the more cynical you become, the more you sit on your butt and do nothing. The one thing that I would love is to never become cynical about the things I think are really important, like family, like the environment." He smiles. "What I want is to be known as someone who stood for something."
  • On his grandmother who recently passed away: "I always loved being with Oma. She was completely pure, honest, unaffected, so unlike anything else that I was ever used to. She was my barometer of truth. . . Sometimes I’d ask Oma, ‘Isn’t it great now, all this stuff happening in my life?’ " he tells me. "She’d say, ‘Don’t you worry about that. Take a break. Be a bricklayer. Work with your hands. You’ll love it. Step back and reflect on what’s going on in your life. Appreciate it.’ . . . I do appreciate it," he assures me. "I know how lucky I am."

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PMPB PMPB 8 years
Whoever picked the cover picture was for sure smoking crack. He looks much more handsome in the other pictures. On the cover picture, he looks orange and is holding his hand out like it is sticky from jerking off. WTF? That was mean.
lily3484 lily3484 8 years
I have always been a fan of Leo. His career has really taken off over the years. He looks so Carey Grant here. I think he will definitly be one of those celebs thats looked at as a legendary actor.
didiocean didiocean 8 years
I love him! He is a great actor and a great guy!
amkc amkc 8 years
Haha Snarkypants! "NO YOU CANNOT READ PARADE!" So true. Stewie Griffin: The Untold Story is the only thing I think about when I see Parade. I'm not digging the cover, but I'll be Leo's wife and baby mama. :).
lovelystate lovelystate 8 years
love him.
californiagirlx7 californiagirlx7 8 years
He's a great actor, but I never thought he was drop dead gorgeous. He was good looking in Titanic and Romeo+Juliet, but he still seemed like a boy back then.
Ginger Ginger 8 years
"What I definitely feel a need for is to make my life about more than just my career," Hope he finds that personal happiness. To many celebs are way too wrapped in their careers and lose perspective as a person.
ashopaholic ashopaholic 8 years
mmmmm..he's so hot and talented and smart :D
fleurfairy fleurfairy 8 years
I like him. I definitely think he should be proud to have been in Titanic. It was a great movie and it did open up alot of doors for he and Kate Winslet.
justlookaround justlookaround 8 years
i love this man, always have!
goldieknox goldieknox 8 years
I want to marry him...xxxxxx
LolaSvelt LolaSvelt 8 years
Him and Jennifer Aniston? I just can't see that!
qteepie qteepie 8 years
I love him, i think him and jennifer aniston should get togethre, get married, and have some beautiful babies. now that would be beautiful.
SassAndBide SassAndBide 8 years
omg more reason to love him :faint:
nofbody nofbody 8 years
love me some leo. hate the cover. great interview.
lemuse20 lemuse20 8 years
Bleh. He annoys me.
rossinaross rossinaross 8 years
i still think he's sexyyyy!
Alli-Cat Alli-Cat 8 years
I was in love with Leo after Titanic. Haven't been a fan of his movies recently...like he is trying to come across as an adult in his films...way too dark. But I must say I appreciate how his face isn't plastered everywhere, dropping his drawers and acting like an idiot. Good job on handling the fame, Leo!! Maybe I am just jealous that you only date supermodels. My hangup. That's all.
356UIK 356UIK 8 years
I just dont like the way he looks. Too round faced or something. snarkpants - LOL!!
HeidiMD HeidiMD 8 years
Snarkypants, me too! Hahah. I have never looked at that magazine the same way since. I like Leo. I always have, probably always will. He seems like a genuinely nice guy.
LaurAsh988 LaurAsh988 8 years
I love Leo. He has always come across as a nice person and someone who truly cares about the world he lives in. It sounds like he has matured in the last few years.
laceykk23 laceykk23 8 years
i think he is ageless, he still looks exactly the same as he did when he was on growing pains(obviously filled out more but still has that youthful look to him). still soooo hott!!
advo advo 8 years
I definitely think he's actually one of the humblest actors in Hollywood. I really like him as a person and actor. And I'm glad that he's open about how his perspective has changed. people change. Even superstars.
snarkypants snarkypants 8 years
parade? you read parade magazine? that's all i could think of when i saw this. gotta love family guy.
WingNut13 WingNut13 8 years
Different strokes, I guess - I love that cover; it's great!
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