Sunday 15 December 2019

Jared: People gave us a tough time

Jared Leto fronts rock band 30 Seconds To Mars
Jared Leto fronts rock band 30 Seconds To Mars

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."

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