EXCLUSIVE: Leonardo DiCaprio: I'm Just Like The Great Gatsby in Real Life

Leonardo DiCaprio — pictured here as Jay Gatsby — talks to Life & Style about his role in The Great Gatsby.

Leonardo DiCaprio — pictured here as Jay Gatsby — talks to Life & Style about his role in The Great Gatsby.

If there’s one actor who can pull off playing the romantic and charming Jay Gatsby, it's Leonardo DiCaprio — and that's because he's just like him in reality.

Life & Style chatted with the star at The Great Gatsby world premiere in NYC on Wednesday night where he explained how he's similar to the famous character.

"I think we all love the idea of this American dreamer," the 38-year-old tells Life & Style. "This man that's lifted himself up from humble beginnings in a new America and made something of himself. Had a vision of who he was as a young man and manifested that."

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In the popular F. Scott Fitzgerald novel, the average Gatsby falls in love with the rich and beautiful Daisy before leaving to fight in World War I. During the war, Daisy writes him and reveals she's married aristocrat Tom Buchanan. Upon hearing the news, Gatsby is determined to become successful in order to win her back. Naturally, drama ensues. Actress Carey Mulligan plays Daisy in the new Baz Luhrmann directed film, which hits theaters May 10.

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"I think everyone loves the romanticism in Jay Gatsby," Leo tells Life & Style. "This is one of those novels and one of those characters that's woven into the fabric of America."

And a romantic he is. Though he's yet to settle down, the handsome A-lister has dated beauties such as Gisele Bündchen, Bar Refaeli, Blake Lively, and most recently Erin Heatherton — with whom he split in November.

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But don't count marriage out for him — he just hasn't found the right person, it seems.

"I take it as it comes," he recently said about tying the knot. "We'll see what happens in the future. I don't try to determine what the future will be. I take it day by day."

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