11 november 1974

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I don’t think I ever expected anything like an Oscar ever, to tell you the truth. That is not my motivation when I do these roles. I really am motivated by being able to work with great people and create a body of work that I can look back and be proud of

Leonardo DiCaprio (November 11, 1974)

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Happy 41th Birthday, Leonardo Wilhelm DiCaprio! (November 11, 1974)

My love of performing goes way back. My mom got me on ‘Romper Room’ when I was five - it was my favourite show. But they couldn’t control me. I would run up and smack the camera, and I’d jump around and do my little flips and routines. I wish I could get that tape now. But I have other memories, too. There was this one casting call when I was about ten. They brought five kids in just to see their look and if they’d be right for acting. I had this sort of punk haircut because I was into break-dancing at the time. I swear to God, it felt like we were a row of meat. The lady looked at me and at the other kids, saying, “Not him, not him, not him. You two stay.” I was one of the “not hims”. On the way home in the car, I cried and I said, “Dad, I really want to become an actor, but if this is what it’s about I don’t want to do that.” He put his arm around me and said, “Someday, Leonardo, it will happen for you. Remember these words. Just relax.” And then I stopped crying, and I said, “Okay”.