The Little Things actor recalled coming out of a 12-day meditation retreat where he was completely unaware of the magnitude of the situation.
"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," Leto told Jimmy Fallon during an interview on The Tonight Show.
Leto said the people in charge of the retreat decided not to tell residents what was happening in the outside world.
"We didn't have our phones; there was no talking, of course, no eye contact, no TV. And the teachers [made] a decision: 'Let's not disturb the participants,'" Leto told Fallon.
Once he left to head back to Los Angeles, he eventually turned on his phone and was "shocked" by what had unfolded.
"I drove the whole way trying to be peaceful and zen, keep the feeling going. I got back and I was kind of shocked. It was like Rip Van Winkle," he said. "I don't think anything can quite prepare any us for what we all went through in the beginning. It was like coming out to the zombie apocalypse."
In March last year, Leto first told fans about how he'd been on the "silent meditation in the desert".https://www.instagram.com/p/B90q7dpAnHW/?utm_source=ig_embed
"We were totally isolated. No phone, no communication etc. We had no idea what was happening outside the facility," the actor wrote on Instagram.
"Walked out yesterday into a very different world. One that's been changed forever. Mind-blowing — to say the least."
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