november 11 1974


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)


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”.