Jared Leto Says Playing A Transgender Character Changed And Inspired Him

You first came to public attention with My So-Called Life, which was profound to a generation of people and now this film seems to striking a chord with audiences. Since you don’t act much lately, do you look choose projects that are meaningful?

Yes, I think this is an important film to be a part of. It’s nice to be a part of something so special. It’s rare. I hadn’t made a film in five or six years. I was touring with 30 Seconds to Mars and we had more success than we ever dreamed of and playing arenas all over the world. I wasn’t really looking to go back to work in film and this just kind of happened. It’s a really amazing time right now.

Most film awards pundits are predicting you’re the one to beat for supporting actor honors this year. You could become the first full-time musician since Frank Sinatra to win the supporting actor Oscar.

That’s a wonderful thing to say. You’ve kind of made me speechless for a second. It’s been incredible. To have gone from a dream to a reality with both music and acting, I’m just so lucky and grateful.

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  • Cam

    I’m guessing that this article was pulled from an entertainment site because that was one hell of a gushing article.

    That said, the movie has a 91% on Rotten Tomatoes, looks like it might be great!

  • DukeFoster

    The bigger question here: What inspired those gorgeous ombré tresses?

  • jmmartin

    Because of health considerations, I avoid public places where a lot of people congregate and stay cooped up for extended periods, though I manage to take a jet to a vacation spot every fall. So I am planning on a first trip to the movie theatre since Gael Garcia Bernal made “Y Tu Mama’ Tambien.” I will brave the two hours cooped up with an audience when this picture comes to town, as I am a longtime fan of Mr. Leto since seeing him in “Requiem for a Dream.” For that one, he lost about 100 pounds so he could look like drug-ravaged and skeletal (think of Christian Bale, too, in “The Mechanic”). I can’t wait to see “Buyers’ Club.” I won’t wait for the DVD.

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