Because of course, shifty pseudo cult leader Jared Leto is friends with shifty pseudo cult leader Elizabeth Holmes. Game recognize game and all of that. Speaking with Amanda Seyfried, who played Frizzy Lizzy (let’s make it happen, folks!) in the Hulu series The Dropout, as part of Variety’s Actors on Actors series, Jared said he met her after presenting her with Glamour’s Woman of the Year award in 2015 and they stayed in touch. In case you haven’t seen The Dropout, or listened to the podcast of the same name, or read the book Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup, or were in a coma when Frizzy Lizzy was convicted of fraud earlier this year, she’s a bad lying liar who lied a lot, badly! Yet well enough that she fooled many, many rich and famous people into believing she was the second coming of Jesus Christ, which is another thing she and Jared have in common.
If you think about it, the only thing that separates them is that she was convicted for her crimes whereas Jared should be convicted for not sharing his deep conditioning routine with his friend. Friends don’t let friends drink green juice and flatiron. According to Entertainment Weekly:
Jared Leto says he became a fan of Elizabeth Holmes after meeting and later keeping in touch with the disgraced entrepreneur in 2015. As he explained to Amanda Seyfried, who portrayed the Theranos founder in Hulu’s miniseries, he first met Holmes when presenting her with Glamour‘s Woman of the Year award. Afterwards, he found himself drawn to the Silicon Valley sensation.
“I had heard her speak, before that, on stage. She was incredibly smart, and I met her after that. I liked her a lot,” Leto said to Seyfried as part of Variety’s Actors on Actors series. “She was really sweet, really kind, and no indication that things weren’t great in her life and at the company. And then I gave her an award.”
Fooling people into believing that everything was great in her life and company while everything was falling apart was her greatest gift. It’s called method acting, Jared! Ever hear of it? But it sounds like he used the experience of knowing her to inform his own performances.
Leto added that he and Holmes remained friendly and noted that his experience with the fraudster served as a testament to human complexity.
“We stayed in touch after that and talked a few times,” Leto said. “But my experience with her was always quite nice and lovely, and I think what’s interesting about bringing a character to life — not everyone is one thing.”
Jared sure could have used a little bit of Frizzy Lizzy’s mojo when he was trying to convince people to go to theaters to see Morbius. Did he learn nothing from watching Liz in action? Morbius probably flopped because he blinked too much. See also: WeCrashed. See also: House of Gucci. Had he spent more time challenging Liz to staring contests on FaceTime and learning how to lower his voice, and less time staring at himself in the mirror and inventing new accents the world has never heard, he might have really had something.
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