Well me and Leo (DiCaprio) are very good friends. He adores my children but the problem is he spoils them rotten. I mean Mia is 4 years old and she’s a megalomaniac. She says she wants to be an actress,singer and god knows what else. And if you ask her why she thinks she can do all that she’s gonna tell you “Uncle Leo says I can” and that’s it for her. Can you imagine taking a 3 year old kid to FAO Schwartz and tell her “Take everything you want and uncle Leo is gonna buy you that?” Well Leo did exactly this last Christmas, Mia was overjoyed. She thought Leo was Santa Claus. You know I try to teach her material things are not important and there comes uncle Leo with the newest model of a doll’s house (she laughs)
Ellen answers the question on everyone’s mind, about what it’s like to work with so many talented and intimidating actors; but what we really can’t wait to see are the crazy white jumpsuits that made her feel like she was in a Backstreet Boys video. Just when you thought you couldn’t like Leonardo DiCaprio any more, he shows his down-to-earth side, answering a question about drawing parallels between the film and life as a celebrity. With further modesty, Leo explains that even superstars get nervous, as he retells one of his vivid dreams brought on by the anxiety of the impending press junket for the film — you’ll have to let him describe in his own words.
Leonardo DiCaprio & Ellen Page (Unscripted for Moviefone, 2010)
You donate a lot of money to charity. What do you spend on yourself? I’m not really the type of guy who spends his money on a lot of luxurious stuff. I’m a collector. I collect art and vintage film posters and things of that nature.
As an actor, what is it about Scorsese that attracts DiCaprio to his films? DiCaprio answered, “Well, I’m a fan of his work, number one. The truth is I suppose, for me anyway, that it all started [about] wanting to work with him doing This Boy’s Life with Robert De Niro and getting sort of familiar with Robert De Niro’s work, and obviously that means Martin Scorsese’s work as well. I became a fan of his work at a very early age. If you asked me who I wanted to work with starting out in the business, it would have been this guy right here [pointing to Scorsese].
Leonardo DiCaprio Interview for The Departed (2006)
Speaking of your private life, do you ever look at Kate and just think, ”Damn, she’s the one who got away.” [They look at each other and burst out laughing.] WINSLET: Say it! DICAPRIO: [With a weary groan] We’ve always been completely platonic.
Leo & Kate - EW.com Interview for Revolutionary Road (2009)
Once they stop doing their sell job on Revolutionary Road, the Kate and Leo show can be quite amusing. When asked to name his favorite movie of hers, DiCaprio instead fears he has been asked to relate an anecdote.
“Please don’t make me give an anecdote,” he protests. “I’m terrible at those. ‘Tell me something that happened on the set.’ My mind just goes —” (He makes a noise that sounds like an appliance on the fritz.)
“You know I do,” she adds for emphasis. “I remember (expletive) everything. So many Titanic stories I won’t tell.”
Once assured that only a movie title is required, he says, “I really love her in —” (he imitates a drum roll) “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. It’s a different side of Kate in that movie. That element of you nobody really knows about.”
For her pick, she considers What’s Eating Gilbert Grape and The Basketball Diaries, but then she decides to go with something recent: “You were incredible in The Departed. So laser-like focused. You seriously delivered every single moment. It was bloody difficult to play, and I was blown away by it.”