Leonardo DiCaprio Seems Hesitant About the Possibility of Starting a Family
By Antoinette Bueno
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Leonardo DiCaprio loves children, but isn't exactly positive if he wants to have any of his own.
The notoriously private 41-year-old actor opens up about the topic to Rolling Stone, when he's asked about whether or not he has the time to start a family. The question comes after DiCaprio is clearly charmed with a little girl at a restaurant in Miami Beach.
"Do you mean do I want to bring children into a world like this? If it happens, it happens," DiCaprio says. "I'd prefer not to get into specifics about it, just because then it becomes something that is misquoted. But yeah. I don't know. To articulate how I feel about it is just gonna be misunderstood."
His "world like this" comment comes after the noted environmentalist expresses his bleak outlook on the world throughout the interview, given his passion for issues such as global warming. DiCaprio says his "obsession" was kicked off after a meeting with former Vice President Al Gore.
"I am consumed by this," DiCaprio admits. "There isn't a couple of hours a day where I'm not thinking about it. It's this slow burn. It's not 'aliens invading our planet next week and we have to get up and fight to defend our country,' but it's this inevitable thing, and it's so terrifying."
He says his interest in environmental issues started when he was very young, describing his young self as "a bit of a loudmouth," who was physically bullied by his peers.
"I remember the thing that I got the most sad about when I was little was the loss of species that have been as a result of mankind’s intrusion on nature," he shares. "Like the quagga or the Tasmanian tiger or the dodo bird."
A big reason the actor chose to do The Revenant was because of the film's depiction of the West's destruction of the land, and the extermination of other cultures -- which he recently touched upon in his Golden Globes acceptance speech. But if you think the actor is looking for a more lighthearted project after such an intense experience, think again.
"I would love to do something even darker," DiCaprio surprisingly says about his next film. "I don't know, like how would you penetrate the mind of somebody like Travis Bickle in Taxi Driver? There's a word in German that they don’t have in the English language that's called schadenfreude. It means humiliation for somebody else."
"It's what I see sometimes when I watch certain politicians, but it can be done in movies, like when Travis Bickle takes [Cybill Shepherd] to the porno theater for his first date," he continues. "You're like, 'Oh, God, please don’t do this!'"
DiCaprio's plenty busy now though promoting his latest film, and he's not ashamed to admit that he would love to get an Oscar for his work. DiCaprio has been nominated for an Academy Award four times but has yet to get a win, leading many to speculate that 2016 is finally the year.
"Sure, everyone likes to be recognized, but that's out of my hands -- other people control those things," he says of the possibility. "I will say it would help the film, bring it to more people."
One thing for certain is that a big win will hardly change the private actor, who still sticks with the same friends he's had for decades. DiCaprio's well-known crew includes actors Tobey Maguire and Lukas Haas.
"I've got plenty of new friends through the years, too, but I've held on to some of them for 25 years now," DiCaprio acknowledges. "There's an inherent comfort level that can't be duplicated and can't be manufactured. You don't have to do catch-up interviews -- they're up-to-date."
One close friend the actor has adorably held on to for years is his Titanic co-star, Kate Winslet. Watch the video below to see when the two sweetly reunited at the Golden Globes last Sunday, giving Titanic fans plenty of feelings.