Jared Leto talks meeting ‘smart and funny’ Elizabeth Holmes who was ‘always quite lovely’ to him


Jared Leto tells The Dropout’s Amanda Seyfried about meeting ‘incredibly smart and funny’ Elizabeth Holmes who was ‘always quite lovely’ to him

Jared Leto and Amanda Seyfried bonded in a new interview over the scandalous moguls they have just played in miniseries.

Amanda, 36, stars on The Dropout as Elizabeth Holmes, the disgraced Theranos founder who was convicted of fraud and could go to prison for up to 20 years.

While chatting to Amanda for Variety‘s Actors On Actors web show, Jared dished about the time he met Elizabeth, whom he described as ‘incredibly smart and funny’ and ‘always quite lovely’ to him.

Looking back: Jared Leto and Amanda Seyfried bonded in a new interview over the scandalous moguls they have just played in miniseries

Looking back: Jared Leto and Amanda Seyfried bonded in a new interview over the scandalous moguls they have just played in miniseries

In an odd coincidence, Jared presented Elizabeth with Glamour’s Women Of The Year award in 2015 before her downfall.

‘I had heard her speak in Palo Alto. She was great onstage. She was incredibly smart, funny – and then I met her after that, and I liked her a lot. But no indication that things weren’t great in her life and at the company,’ Jared dished. 

‘And then I gave her an award. And now I’m here with you. We stayed in touch after that and talked a few times, but my experience with her was always quite lovely. Not everyone is one thing. No one is one thing.’

Meanwhile Jared, 50, has just played WeWork co-founder Adam Neumann, whom he secretly met for the role even though he ‘wasn’t allowed’ to do so. 

Candid: Amanda 'of course' wanted to meet her subject Elizabeth Holmes, but was not 'allowed' even to get in touch with her because of Elizabeth's ongoing legal problems

Candid: Amanda ‘of course’ wanted to meet her subject Elizabeth Holmes, but was not ‘allowed’ even to get in touch with her because of Elizabeth’s ongoing legal problems

No dice: Amanda (pictured), 36, stars on The Dropout as Elizabeth Holmes, the disgraced Theranos founder who was convicted of fraud and could go to prison for up to 20 years

Match-up: Elizabeth is pictured attending the Time 100 gala in 2015, an event that is depicted on the series

Who’s who: Amanda (left), 36, stars on The Dropout as Elizabeth Holmes (right), the disgraced Theranos founder who was convicted of fraud and could go to prison for up to 20 years

The Oscar-winning actor explained: ‘The question was floated early on, and I didn’t get a definitive response. I think the blanket approach that they were taking was that the Neumanns weren’t involved with our project.’

Jared confessed however that ‘I was too curious. I thought that I would regret it. We had a top-secret meeting. Nobody knew it was happening. I met his wife, Rebekah, and they have a lovely family. It was a nice experience on my end.’

His new show WeCrashed, in which Jared played Adam, also starred his fellow Oscar winner Anne Hathaway as Rebekah. 

Amanda ‘of course’ wanted to meet her subject, but was not ‘allowed’ even to get in touch with her because of Elizabeth’s ongoing legal problems.

By the way: In an odd coincidence, Jared presented Elizabeth with Glamour's Women Of The Year award in 2015 (pictured) before her downfall

By the way: In an odd coincidence, Jared presented Elizabeth with Glamour’s Women Of The Year award in 2015 (pictured) before her downfall

'No one is one thing': 'We stayed in touch after that and talked a few times, but my experience with her was always quite lovely,' said Jared, pictured with Elizabeth after giving her the prize

‘No one is one thing’: ‘We stayed in touch after that and talked a few times, but my experience with her was always quite lovely,’ said Jared, pictured with Elizabeth after giving her the prize

‘She was in litigation, and Disney was very clear about what we could and could not put in the show,’ said Amanda. ‘And I wasn’t privy to any of that, because I didn’t come on until the last minute. Kate McKinnon stepped out, and then they were looking for somebody else.’ 

Amanda spilled that Elizabeth ‘was told not to watch’ The Dropout, ‘but I cannot imagine a world where she didn’t peek.’

The Les Miserables actress shared: ‘I have thought a lot about the sentencing. We tried to figure her out from a place of compassion and worthiness. I know whatever she’s sentenced with, it’s what she deserves.’

Uncanny: Jared (pictured), 50, has just played WeWork co-founder Adam Neumann, whom he secretly met for the role even though he 'wasn't allowed' to do so

Who's who: Adam himself is pictured attending an event for WeWork and iHeart in New York in 2016

Uncanny: Jared (left), 50, has just played WeWork co-founder Adam Neumann (right), whom he secretly met for the role even though he ‘wasn’t allowed’ to do so

She went on: ‘And I also know, in my gut, that there’s a space for her outside of this whole Theranos thing, outside of prison – if she goes to prison. Then she’ll get out and she’ll invent something new that’ll work.’

She continued: ‘I don’t know if I’m the only person who feels that way. I’d love to see her take responsibility in a very vocal way, which she has not. If she can just take accountability and move on. Yeah, she lied a lot. She’s a mother. She has her whole life ahead of her. She’s my age. I like to think I’m still young, you know what I mean?’ 

A few months ago Amanda spoke to The Hollywood Reporter about the problems of making a show about Elizabeth while her scandal was still unfolding.

What a cast: His new show WeCrashed, in which Jared played Adam, also starred his fellow Oscar winner Anne Hathaway as Rebekah

What a cast: His new show WeCrashed, in which Jared played Adam, also starred his fellow Oscar winner Anne Hathaway as Rebekah

Six weeks of production on The Dropout took place while Elizabeth was on trial, with the result that, as Amanda confessed: ‘It was always a little tense, knowing information could come out during the trial that could just change everything.’

Amanda revealed that ‘one night’ the show’ creator Elizabeth Meriwether ‘just got this dump of text messages that nobody had seen yet.’

The tranche of texts illuminated the relationship between Elizabeth and her ex Ramesh ‘Sunny’ Balwani, the former Theranos COO who is currently on trial.

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