Jared: People gave us a tough time
Published 05/03/2010 | 14:06
Jared Leto has revealed people didn't take his band seriously because of his acting background.
The 38-year-old - who became a household name after starring in 90s teen drama My So-Called Life with Claire Danes and playing a junkie in art-house film Requiem For A Dream - is frontman of rock band 30 Seconds To Mars.
He told The Independent: "A lot of people have given us more than a fair shot and it's been great, and a lot of people have given me a really hard time - and they still do."
He went on: "In the beginning, it was really tough - people didn't come to see us because I was in Requiem For A Dream, we played shows when there were 20 people here; it wasn't until the music connected with people that we started having some success."
He added: "You can't count on success in one area just because you happen to have a little in another. It doesn't work like that. People can sense a sham after a while."
Jared - whose third album This Is War is out now - can't decide if he prefers film or music.
"Making a film is really the most interesting part for me, I love the research and I love the building of a character," he said.
"I want to have a rewarding, challenging experience so I tend to do more art-house type films, not big blockbuster movies. With music, you're much more responsible for everything. You are the director, writer, editor, producer and the actor, so you have a much bigger contribution."