Jared Leto finds juggling acting and music easy

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 14 February 2014
Jared Leto

Jared Leto

Jared Leto doesn't find it difficult switching from his role as a frontman to his acting work after appearing in 'Dallas Buyers Club'

Jared Leto doesn't find it difficult switching from his role as a frontman to being an actor.

The Thirty Seconds to Mars singer, whose recent performance in 'Dallas Buyers Club' as transgender AIDS victim Rayon has seen him win a string of awards, insists moving between the two professions comes naturally to him.

He told Faster Louder: "You could stick me in front of a pile of rubbish, and I'll make something out of it.

"It all comes from the same place, I'm a creative person, I find creative solutions to problems, and the difference is process.

"The process of making music is very intimate, because at least for me, and Thirty Seconds to Mars, I write the songs, my brother [Shannon] plays the drums, and we have so much responsibility from the music to the production to the videos to the design to the marketing to the tours and the production of the tours ... everything."

The star feels he has less to worry about in terms of production when it comes to acting and tries to focus purely on his role and work with other cast members.

Jared, 42, said: "When you're an actor you're responsible for the vertical within that collaborative effort.

"I think in some ways that can be a really good thing, because you can hyper-focus on your one task.

"But normally as a musician if you write your own songs, it'd be more akin to a director who also stars in his own movies and also writes and produces them as well."

The singer - who is currently performing gigs with his band mates Shannon and Tomo Millicevic - said the group are always "playing with new ideas."

He added: "It's something that you can't really shut down. 'Love Lust Faith and Dreams' still feels like a brand new album to us, it came out in May [2013], so it's not too long ago, and we're on tour.

"Right now we're in Los Angeles but we'll be heading out to Europe in a matter of days again. We just played Mexico. And we'll be playing shows all over the world for the rest of this year."

Dallas Buyers Club

  • 4 stars
  • 2013
  • US
  • 1h 57min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Jean-Marc Vallée
  • Cast: Matthew McConaughey, Jennifer Garner, Jared Leto
  • UK release: 7 February 2014

True story about an electrician who battles the medical establishment and pharmaceutical companies after being diagnosed HIV-positive in 1986.