Jared Leto had a very rude awakening after he returned home from a two-week retreat in March 2020 to find that the world was in a complete lockdown due to coronavirus.
The Thirty Seconds to Mars singer had heard rumblings of a few cases of Covid-19 when he began a 12-day ‘silent meditation’ break last Spring.
However, things took a turn he could never have expected by the time he made his return to reality.
Opening up about the surreal experience, The Dallas Buyers Club star explained on The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon: ‘The idea is that you go away, you get rid of your phone, you get rid of distractions, you get rid of everything and you just meditate.
‘When I went away, there were about 150 cases, and just in that short amount of time, when I came out, there was a shutdown, a state of emergency, and the whole world had changed. But when we were in there, they didn’t tell us.’
During the retreat, the Oscar-winner was not allowed to use his phone, watch TV or talk so he had no idea about the spread of the pandemic.
Jared Leto didn’t know about the pandemic for two weeks because he was on a two-week retreat when Covid-19 cases began to spike (Picture: Christopher Polk/Getty Images)
He confirmed that the realization of just how bad things became was a bit of a shock to the system.
Jared recalled: ‘I didn’t turn on my phone until I went back to LA. So I drove the whole way trying to be peaceful and zen, keep the feeling going. I got back and I was shocked. I was like Rip Van Winkle.’
Fallon then remarked that the anecdote was like ‘a Twilight Zone episode, but in real life.’
Jared agreed as he quipped: ‘I had this great tool to deal with “stress”. But I don’t think anything can quite prepare any of us to what we all went through in the beginning. It was like coming out to the zombie apocalypse.’
Jared has been busy promoting his new film, The Little Things, which also stars Denzel Washington and Rami Malek.
The Little Things is available in theaters and HBO Max from January 29. The film will be released in UK cinemas later this year.