Jared Leto Turns 41: See the Birthday Boy’s Career Evolution (PHOTOS)

My, my, how the time flies.

It’s hard to believe that actor-turned-rocker Jared Leto is turning the big 4-1 on Wednesday.

The former teen idol first broke onto the scene with 1994′s My So-Called Life as the object of Claire Danes‘ affections, Jordan Catalano. Since then, he’s found success in both big blockbuster movies and indie art house films, stepping into a variety of roles including 1970s Olympic hopeful Steve Prefontaine and a WWII soldier.

But Leto isn’t just wowing spectators on the silver screen.

Alongside his brother Shannon, the Louisiana-native is also the frontman for alternative rock group, 30 Seconds to Mars.

Over the years, the band has released three successful full-length albums, including the platinum-certified A Beautiful Lie.

Now, Leto is tackling his toughest role yet, playing a cross-dressing, transsexual woman with HIV during the height of the AIDS epidemic for The Dallas Buyers’ Club. The film co-stars Matthew McConaughey.

“Your body goes through weird stages,” he previously told  Vulture about fasting for his role.

“Sometimes it’s hard to hold onto water, for me it’s not about the most weight I can lose — it’s more to represent the character.”

This isn’t the first time the actor has taken extreme measures to transform his weight for his on-screen persona. In 2007, the self-professed vegan gained 62 pounds to play the infamous murderer of John Lennon in the flick Chapter 27 — and it came with dramatic consequences. Leto lost the weight so abruptly he was diagnosed with gout.

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To celebrate Leto’s birthday, and his booming Hollywood career, we’re taking a look back at the actor’s career evolution.

Launch the gallery above to see how he’s transformed through the years.

Carmen Electra Channels Ke$ha: 38 Other Celebrity Doppelgangers (PHOTOS)

Is that Carmen Electra or Ke$ha? Electra’s edgy new look made it hard to tell.

Donning a leather leotard, fishnet tights, and cornrows on one side of her down ‘do, the sexy star looked like the spitting image of pop star Ke$ha during an appearance on the Wendy Williams Show to promote her latest single “I Like it Loud.”

The former Baywatch star’s edgy makeover coincides with her decision to focus more on her music. Electra told Celebuzz last week, “I love acting but deep down this is what I’ve wanted to do for so long.”

Electra and Ke$ha aren’t the only celebrity lookalikes that have made us do a double take.

Katy Perry and New Girl star Zooey Deschanel have been mistaken for one another on numerous red carpets.

Meanwhile, Hollywood hunks Zac Efron and Jared Leto both share similar facial features, including stunning baby blues and pouty smiles, leading many to compare the two.

For more of Tinsletown’s twins, click through our gallery of celebrity doppelgangers.

Which celebs do you think should be on the list? Sound off in the comments below.

Jared Leto Shows Dramatic Weight Loss Under White Robe and Hair Net While Filming in New Orleans (PHOTOS)

More shockingly skinny photos have surfaced of Jared Leto’s weight loss for his upcoming role in The Dallas Buyer’s Club.

Covering up his frail figure with a white robe, the actor’s slender face — emphasized by his hair taut back in a net — says it all, as he filmed in New Orleans on Wednesday.

“Your body goes through weird stages,” the 40-year-old star previously told Vulture about fasting for his role as Rayon, a cross-dressing, transsexual woman with HIV during the height of the AIDS epidemic in 1986.

“Sometimes it’s hard to hold onto water, for me it’s not about the most weight I can lose, it’s more to represent the character.”

The 30 Seconds To Mars singer isn’t the only one slimming down for this upcoming feature – his co-star Matthew McConaughey has also been appearing gaunt as of late.

The husband of Camila Alves, 43, has been barely recognizable – shedding the pounds to portray a homophobic drug abuser by the name of Ron Woodroof, a character based off a real man who was diagnosed with AIDS.

Click through the gallery above to see more of Leto’s thinner frame, and let us know what you think in the comments below.

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Jared Leto Shockingly Skinny in Terry Richardson Photo Shoot (PHOTOS)

The shocking images of Jared Leto’s weight loss look tame in comparison to the rest of his Terry Richardson photo shoot. The actor told Vulture magazine that he is currently fasting for his role in The Dallas Buyer’s Club.

Leto, who is slimming down dramatically to play a transexual woman, told the magazine that “your body goes through weird stages” during the fasting process.

“Sometimes it’s hard to hold onto water, for me it’s not about the most weight I can lose, it’s more to represent the character.”

Leto, who only received the news of his casting in the flick a month ago, will play a “flamboyant cross-dresser with HIV who helps Woodruff” – a Texas electrician who was diagnosed with AIDS in 1986, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Leto isn’t a stranger to dramatic weight transformations for a movie role.

In 2007, the self-professed vegan gained 62 pounds to play, Mark David Chapman, the infamous murderer of John Lennon in the film Chapter 27. Leto lost the weight from the role so quickly that he was diagnosed with gout.

Leto’s co-star for The Dallas Buyer’s Club has also dropped a significant amount of weight.

A barely recognizable Matthew McConaughey has sent shockwaves through Hollywood over the last few months since he showed the world his drastically thinner frame and revealed to HitFix right before filming began that he weighed 143 pounds, and that is where he would stay. In the interview, he revealed he has “35 percent less energy,” but that he “feels good.”

What do you think of Leto’s shocking weight loss? Sound off in the comments section below.

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Jared Leto Fasting for His Role in ‘The Dallas Buyer’s Club’ and Shows Off Thinner Figure (PHOTOS)

The cast of The Dallas Buyer’s Club is disappearing before our eyes.

Celebuzz previously reported Matthew McConaughey’s stunning 50-pound weight loss and now his co-star, Hollywood hunk Jared Leto, is slimming down dramatically for his role as a transsexual woman in the film based on the life of Ron Woodroof, a Texas electrician who was diagnosed with AIDS in 1986 .

Photographer Terry Richardson posted pictures of the 30 Seconds from Mars frontman looking extremely gaunt on his blog and Twitter feed — and the 40-year-old even reveals to Vulture magazine he hasn’t eaten in a month!

“Your body goes through weird stages,” Leto said in the interview. “Sometimes it’s hard to hold on to water. But for me, it’s not about the most weight I can lose, it’s more to represent the character.”

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Leto will play “a flamboyant cross-dresser with HIV who helps Woodruff.” And this isn’t the first time the actor has taken extreme measures to transform his weight for his on-screen persona. In 2007, the self-professed vegan, gained 62 pounds to play the infamous murderer of John Lennon in the flick, Chapter 27 — and it came with dramatic consequences. Leto lost the weight so abruptly he was diagnosed with gout.

A barely recognizable McConaughey has sent shockwaves through Hollywood over the last few months since he’s shown the world his drastically thinner frame and revealed to HitFix right before filming began that he weighed 143 pounds, and that is where he would stay. In the interview, he revealed he has “35 percent less energy,” but that he “feels good.”

How did he lose the double-digit weight? McConaughey attributed it to cardio, but “90 percent is based on diet.” His diet has consisted of tea and a little protein.

But the actor, who’s known for his buff physique, is craving junk food. So what is the first thing he wants? A cheeseburger!

“As much as I want a cheeseburger on that day, I think it’ll be damn hard to eat it,” he confessed.

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Jared Leto, Johnny Depp, Guy Pearce, Cillian Murphy: Who Does Drag the Best? (GALLERY & POLL)

Heartthrob rocker and actor Jared Leto was almost unrecognizable when he stepped out in high heels, a short black skirt and fur jacket this week to play a transvestite in his new movie The Dallas Buyers Club, co-starring Matthew McConaughey.

And just like a whole list of hunky actors before him, Leto was willing to do anything for his art by morphing into the opposite sex in order to fulfill a gender-bending role.

Fellow pin-up male stars, including Cillian Murphy in PeacockJohnny Depp in Before Night Falls and Guy Pearce in The Adventures of Priscilla Queen of The Desert have all also been waxed, padded and made-up to look like the opposite sex for previous roles.

So who do you think looks better in drag? Cast your vote and let us know.

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Jared Leto Dons Drag for ‘The Dallas Buyers Club’ (PHOTO)

Jared Leto is finding his feminine side.

The actor-musician stepped out in full drag on the New Orleans, La., set of The Dallas Buyers Club — a drama chronicling the real life of Ron Woodruff, a heterosexual HIV-positive drug addict who smuggled much-needed medication into the country in 1980s.

With a wig and full face of makeup, a skinny Leto donned a mini skirt and fur coat to transform into his character Rayon, a cross-dresser battling AIDS.

Before slipping into his lady getup on set, the 30 Seconds to Mars frontman prepped by saying goodbye to his body hair. “I just waxed my legs for this new role. Ladies, I feel your pain,” he tweeted, later adding: “What I have learned today: Beauty Is Pain #waxonwaxoff.”

Leto isn’t the only cast member transforming his physique all in the name of art. Matthew McConaughey — who stars as Woodruff — dedicated months to dropping weight, sticking to a restricted high-protein, low-carb diet ahead of filming. “I’m playing a guy who was sick and would have loved to have been healthier but wasn’t,” the actor told Us Weeklyin August. Shedding pounds is “more of a mental thing than a physical thing” he explained. “I’ll get down to the weight I need to get to. I’m on my way, and it’s what I need to do for the job.”

As production began on The Dallas Buyers Club last week, a skeletal McConaughey was almost unrecognizable, sporting a Burt Reynolds-like mustache, longer locks and a dark lesion on his forward, a telltale sign of AIDS affliction.

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Jared Leto Dons Drag for ‘The Dallas Buyers Club’ (PHOTO)

Jared Leto is finding his feminine side.

The actor-musician stepped out in full drag on the New Orleans, La., set of The Dallas Buyers Club — a drama chronicling the real life of Ron Woodruff, a heterosexual HIV-positive drug addict who smuggled much-needed medication into the country in 1980s.

With a wig and full face of makeup, a skinny Leto donned a mini skirt and fur coat to transform into his character Rayon, a cross-dresser battling AIDS.

Before slipping into his lady getup on set, the 30 Seconds to Mars frontman prepped by saying goodbye to his body hair. “I just waxed my legs for this new role. Ladies, I feel your pain,” he tweeted, later adding: “What I have learned today: Beauty Is Pain #waxonwaxoff.”

Leto isn’t the only cast member transforming his physique all in the name of art. Matthew McConaughey — who stars as Woodruff — dedicated months to dropping weight, sticking to a restricted high-protein, low-carb diet ahead of filming. “I’m playing a guy who was sick and would have loved to have been healthier but wasn’t,” the actor told Us Weeklyin August. Shedding pounds is “more of a mental thing than a physical thing” he explained. “I’ll get down to the weight I need to get to. I’m on my way, and it’s what I need to do for the job.”

As production began on The Dallas Buyers Club last week, a skeletal McConaughey was almost unrecognizable, sporting a Burt Reynolds-like mustache, longer locks and a dark lesion on his forward, a telltale sign of AIDS affliction.

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Jared Leto Dons Drag for ‘The Dallas Buyers Club’ (PHOTO)

Jared Leto is finding his feminine side.

The actor-musician stepped out in full drag on the New Orleans, La., set of The Dallas Buyers Club — a drama chronicling the real life of Ron Woodruff, a heterosexual HIV-positive drug addict who smuggled much-needed medication into the country in 1980s.

With a wig and full face of makeup, a skinny Leto donned a mini skirt and fur coat to transform into his character Rayon, a cross-dresser battling AIDS.

Before slipping into his lady getup on set, the 30 Seconds to Mars frontman prepped by saying goodbye to his body hair. “I just waxed my legs for this new role. Ladies, I feel your pain,” he tweeted, later adding: “What I have learned today: Beauty Is Pain #waxonwaxoff.”

Leto isn’t the only cast member transforming his physique all in the name of art. Matthew McConaughey — who stars as Woodruff — dedicated months to dropping weight, sticking to a restricted high-protein, low-carb diet ahead of filming. “I’m playing a guy who was sick and would have loved to have been healthier but wasn’t,” the actor told Us Weeklyin August. Shedding pounds is “more of a mental thing than a physical thing” he explained. “I’ll get down to the weight I need to get to. I’m on my way, and it’s what I need to do for the job.”

As production began on The Dallas Buyers Club last week, a skeletal McConaughey was almost unrecognizable, sporting a Burt Reynolds-like mustache, longer locks and a dark lesion on his forward, a telltale sign of AIDS affliction.

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Jared Leto Dons Drag for ‘The Dallas Buyers Club’ (PHOTO)

Jared Leto is finding his feminine side.

The actor-musician stepped out in full drag on the New Orleans, La., set of The Dallas Buyers Club — a drama chronicling the real life of Ron Woodruff, a heterosexual HIV-positive drug addict who smuggled much-needed medication into the country in 1980s.

With a wig and full face of makeup, a skinny Leto donned a mini skirt and fur coat to transform into his character Rayon, a cross-dresser battling AIDS.

Before slipping into his lady getup on set, the 30 Seconds to Mars frontman prepped by saying goodbye to his body hair. “I just waxed my legs for this new role. Ladies, I feel your pain,” he tweeted, later adding: “What I have learned today: Beauty Is Pain #waxonwaxoff.”

Leto isn’t the only cast member transforming his physique all in the name of art. Matthew McConaughey — who stars as Woodruff — dedicated months to dropping weight, sticking to a restricted high-protein, low-carb diet ahead of filming. “I’m playing a guy who was sick and would have loved to have been healthier but wasn’t,” the actor told Us Weeklyin August. Shedding pounds is “more of a mental thing than a physical thing” he explained. “I’ll get down to the weight I need to get to. I’m on my way, and it’s what I need to do for the job.”

As production began on The Dallas Buyers Club last week, a skeletal McConaughey was almost unrecognizable, sporting a Burt Reynolds-like mustache, longer locks and a dark lesion on his forward, a telltale sign of AIDS affliction.

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Jared Leto Dons Drag for ‘The Dallas Buyers Club’ (PHOTO)

Jared Leto is finding his feminine side.

The actor-musician stepped out in full drag on the New Orleans, La., set of The Dallas Buyers Club — a drama chronicling the real life of Ron Woodruff, a heterosexual HIV-positive drug addict who smuggled much-needed medication into the country in 1980s.

With a wig and full face of makeup, a skinny Leto donned a mini skirt and fur coat to transform into his character Rayon, a cross-dresser battling AIDS.

Before slipping into his lady getup on set, the 30 Seconds to Mars frontman prepped by saying goodbye to his body hair. “I just waxed my legs for this new role. Ladies, I feel your pain,” he tweeted, later adding: “What I have learned today: Beauty Is Pain #waxonwaxoff.”

Leto isn’t the only cast member transforming his physique all in the name of art. Matthew McConaughey — who stars as Woodruff — dedicated months to dropping weight, sticking to a restricted high-protein, low-carb diet ahead of filming. “I’m playing a guy who was sick and would have loved to have been healthier but wasn’t,” the actor told Us Weeklyin August. Shedding pounds is “more of a mental thing than a physical thing” he explained. “I’ll get down to the weight I need to get to. I’m on my way, and it’s what I need to do for the job.”

As production began on The Dallas Buyers Club last week, a skeletal McConaughey was almost unrecognizable, sporting a Burt Reynolds-like mustache, longer locks and a dark lesion on his forward, a telltale sign of AIDS affliction.

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