11 Shocking Things You Didn't Know About Leonardo DiCaprio

Leonardo DiCaprio is arguably one of the most famous men in Hollywood. He’s been a fixture in TV and movies since he was just a child, and over time he has developed a truly favorable reputation among

Leonardo DiCaprio is arguably one of the most famous men in Hollywood. He’s been a fixture in TV and movies since he was just a child, and over time he has developed a truly favorable reputation amongst male and female fans alike. Let’s call it like it is: men want to be him; women want to be with him.

We know a lot of the basics about Leo without even trying: his career started when he was very young. He was the mega star in movies like Titantic, The Great Gatsby, Romeo & Juliet, Shutter Island, The Wolf of Wall Street, and many more. He starred in the then-popular Growing Pains TV series. He was a complete teen heartthrob (and continues to be a heartthrob today, at age 40). He has dated some incredibly beautiful, and often super famous, women. He’s never won an Oscar.

Leo is constantly in the spotlight, so many who follow his career might feel as though they know almost everything there is to know about him. But, there are many surprising facts about Leo that even the biggest fan might not be aware of. For instance, when thinking of bilingual actors and actresses, a name that might immediately come to mind is someone like Sofia Vergara. But, many don’t realize that Leonardo is bilingual, too. He is fluent in German, thanks to his mother, who was born in the country.

Here are 11 shocking things you didn’t know about Leonardo DiCaprio.

11 He’s Never Done Drugs


That’s right – he’s never done drugs! He confessed this to the Los Angeles Times around the time the film The Wolf of Wall Street came out. He talked about growing up “very poor” and how his upbringing ultimately helped him to resist the urge to do drugs amidst his peers in Hollywood.

10 He Has A Daughter


Well, sort of. While filming the movie Blood Diamond, Leo worked with 24 orphaned children from the SOS Children’s Village in Maputo, Mozambique. The orphanage is home to children who are without caretakers as a result of war, poverty, and disease - some of the problems that have plagued the country for years. Leo was said to have been very moved by his time spent with them. There was one little girl he made a close connection with, and because his memories made with her were so adored, he decided to officially stay in touch with her.

9 He Used To Be Really Cheap


During his younger and wild drinking days, Leo was apparently known across the bar scene for being very cheap. It’s said he was well known for not tipping in any of the bars or clubs he frequented. While he’s certainly not cheap by those standards these days, he is definitely frugal with his spending (in a smart way). For instance, rather than splurging on expensive cars, he owns one vehicle: a Toyota Prius.

8 He Has His Own Line of Fair Trade Coffee


Building on his love for environmental causes, Leo opted to collaborate with the national coffee roaster, La Colombre Torrefaction, in a charitable alliance. Together, they created a “high-end” fair trade coffee line called LYON. With the alliance, 100 per cent of the profits  are donated to environmental charities that Leo and his foundation – the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation – support.

7 He And Mark Wahlberg Used To Hate Each Other


In a 2013 Hollywood Reporter interview, Leonardo’s The Basketball Diaries co-star, Mark Wahlberg, revealed that the two actors hated each other at the time they were both cast in the movie in 1995. According to the interview, Leo found out they were considering Mark for the role, and said he didn’t want “Marky Mark” to star along side him. Mark admits he wasn’t really fond of Leo either. But, it didn’t take long before they were working really well together for the film.

6 Near Death Experience With A Shark


In 2006, Leo was on a diving expedition in Cape Town, South Africa, and ended up coming face-to-face with the worst nightmare imaginable – a Great White shark. He later recapped the story on The Ellen DeGeneres Show saying the shark had gone after a tuna and somehow ended up lodged halfway into the cage Leo was in under water. He said his first reaction was to quickly move to the bottom of the cage. Though the shark took a few chomps at him, Leo was able to keep enough distance, and made it out without a scratch.

5 He Speaks Fluent German


Leo’s mother was born in Germany, and her heritage has always been extremely important to her. For that reason, she taught her son to speak her native German language early on in life. His parents were divorced when he was very young, so he grew up mostly with his mother and German grandmother.

4 He Almost Changed His Named To Lenny Williams


At age 10, Leonardo’s agent advised him to change his name to Lenny Williams in a move to improve his appeal for getting roles. The agent thought his name sounded too ethnic. In fact, the agent refused to sign Leo until he went along with the name change idea.

3 He Is Extremely Charitable


As was already mentioned, Leo loves giving back. And, what’s more, he’s got a wide range of causes he’s passionate about helping to fund. In 2013 alone, Leo gave and raised millions for various causes. He held an auction selling important pieces of artwork that raised $31.7 million for global charity initiatives. He also donated $61,000 to support gay rights, and he donated $3 million to saving tigers in Nepal.

2 He Was Once Part Of “The Pussy Posse”


When Leo was a young Hollywood star fresh off gaining Titanic fame, he was known to frequent the bar scene. He started regularly hanging out with the same group of guys when he went out, and they soon became known as “The Pussy Posse.” The group included Tobey Maguire, Harmony Korine, David Blaine and a few others. They would go out partying and look for women.

1 He Has Never Been Married


Leo has dated so many beautiful women throughout his career, but has never once married. Perhaps he doesn’t want the title, or maybe he’s too career-focused, or possibly he simply enjoys being able to date around without the “end-all be-all” commitment. Since his first days in the limelight, Leo has dated everyone from Demi Moore and Blake Lively, to Naomi Campbell and Miranda Kerr (allegedly). He really is quite the ladies man!

Recent reports claim Leo proposed to his current model girlfriend, Kelly Rohrbach. However, nothing has been confirmed by the actor at this point. Perhaps one day Leo will be able to lock down the only two things he’s seemingly been missing in his life to date – a wife and a well-deserved Oscar.


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