Leonardo DiCaprio Talks "Amazing" Meeting With Pope and Grueling The Revenant Shoot Before SAG Awards 2016

The actor, a fifth-time nominee who has never won a SAG Award before, made his comments to E! News' Brad Goreski on the red carpet

By Corinne Heller Jan 31, 2016 1:24 AMTags
Watch: Leonardo DiCaprio on Meeting The Pope and "The Revenant"

Leonardo DiCaprio had quite a grueling year and is facing another exciting awards season, during which he may finally win that big prize, but there is one recent event that may prove to be even more memorable.

The 41-year-old actor had a private 15-minute meeting with Pope Francis at the Vatican Thursday. The two discussed climate change.

"It was amazing, an amazing experience," DiCaprio, a longtime environmental activist, told E! News' Brad Goreski on the red carpet at the 2016 SAG Awards.

DiCaprio is nominated for his fifth SAG Award for acting for his role in The Revenant, a movie he said marked one of his most challenging roles. In the film, which is set in the 1820s, the actor plays a frontiersman on a fur trading expedition who fights for survival after being mauled by a bear. The movie ended production in mid-2015.

"You know, we were often in distant locations in snowy Calgary," DiCaprio told Goreski. "Every single day was a challenge with the weather and we had very intricate shots to pull off so, I mean, I take my hat off to the entire crew and the cast for sticking with the this endeavor. It was almost like an epic journey, more so than doing the movie." 

DiCaprio is also nominated for his fifth Oscar for acting for his role in The Revenant. He has never won a SAG or Academy Award before. The movie received a total of 12 Oscar nominations, while DiCaprio's SAG nod is the movie's only one.

Earlier this month, the actor won a Golden Globe, his third, for his role in The Revenant.

"I want to make more movies like this," he told Goreski. "So to me, you know, getting that recognition is amazing because it means we can make more films like it, which I want to do."