Jared Joseph Leto (born December 26, 1971) is an American actor, director, producer, musician, and occasional model. Leto has appeared in both big budget Hollywood films and smaller projects from independent producers and art houses. Since the 2000s, Leto has been nominated for awards for his work in such films as American Psycho (2000), Highway (2002), Lord of War (2005), Lonely Hearts (2006), Chapter 27 (2007), and Mr. Nobody (2009). He formed the rock band in 1998 in Los Angeles, California, along with his older brother Shannon Leto. His parents divorced when he was a child, leaving him in the care of his mother, Constance. The transformation was so complete, that when the runner’s sister, Linda, first saw him in character, she broke down and cried. Leto played the supporting role of Paul Allen in Mary Harron’s American Psycho, a film based on Bret Easton Ellis’s novel of the same name. To prepare for his role in the film, Leto decided to live on the streets of New York City and refrain from having sex with his then fiancé, Cameron Diaz, for two months prior to shooting.