This past weekend, the interwebs and, well, my apartment were all abuzz with excitement over Leonardo DiCaprio’s amazing cameo appearance during Jonah Hill’s Saturday Night Live monologue. I laughed, I cried and I watched it another fifty times before finally getting some fresh air. While it might not seem like the greatest thing ever, to me it meant everything.
As a child of the 90s, I grew up swooning over Leonardo DiCaprio. I’m talking J-14 and Tiger Beat clippings all over my wall. And if you don’t know what those magazines are, you’re clearly not a 20 something woman. I spent hours with my friends listening to the Spice Girls and obsessing over why each and every one of us would make Leonardo’s perfect wife. Mind you, we weren’t even preteens, but we just had that “inherent calling”. I blame “Romeo + Juliet“.
And then it was 1997 and “Titanic” came out. I saw it in theaters with my mom and my little brother. Naturally, when the ship started to sink my brother started freaking out and we had to leave (great parenting, mom). So I didn’t even know about Leo’s fateful demise until it came out on VHS. And yes, I do own the two tape VHS set. But wow, that movie. That Leo! For me, they didn’t get any better than him.
I continued to grow up (as children do) and Leonardo DiCaprio continued to make himself quite the career. “The Aviator“, “Catch Me If You Can“, “Gangs Of New York“…the list goes on and on. And while he never received the Academy Award that I felt he always deserved, I stayed a loyal fan.
So hopefully this gave you enough background information to understand what a lovestruck Leonardo DiCaprio fan I am. Please don’t slap a restraining order on me yet, Leo. What does this teen magazine-sounding confession have to do with this past weekend’s Saturday Night Live with Jonah Hill? Everything.
We’ve been hearing all sorts of stories about funny moments that happened on the set of “The Wolf of Wall Street.” And of course the movie itself has been getting tons of attention for its ubiquitous cursing and scandalous scenes. But Jonah Hill is the funny man and Leonardo always flies under the radar much to my dismay. Although, I did appreciate the way he reacted to Tina Fey and Amy Poehler’s “model” comment at the Golden Globes. True class, Leo.
Anyways, Jonah Hill was hosting and I watched because I knew he would be funny. And then like a beacon of light, the beautiful Leonardo DiCaprio came onto that SNL stage. And he was looking dapper, but “oh no!” I thought. “There’s no way he’s going to be funny.”
But I was so wrong! He kept his composure, read those cue cards like a champ, and the audience was loving it. He scolded Jonah perfectly and just when I thought it couldn’t get any better he agreed to do “The Titanic” to calm down a “nervous” Jonah Hill.
“Am I flying, Jack?”
“Yes, Rose, you’re flying.”
My inner child nearly passed out. So although it might seem like a simple celebrity cameo, to me it confirmed I’ve been right all along. You truly are a special man, Mr. DiCaprio. And I’m really pulling for your Academy Award!
If you missed the opening monologue on Saturday night, do yourself a favor and watch it immediately: