Jared Leto: From the Oscars to Finland

Fresh from the Academy Awards in L.A., where he took the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor, Jared Leto graced Finland for the weekend. On Friday he appeared at the Emma music awards in Espoo, and performed with his rock band 30 Seconds to Mars on Saturday evening.

Jared Leto
Visiting Finland for the fifth time, Jared Leto says he's a big fan of the country.

Leto gave his Oscar-winning performance in Dallas Buyers Club, directed by Jean-Marc Vallée. Based on real events, the film tells the stories of AIDS patients in 1980s Dallas.

Playing the role of a transsexual with AIDS was a unique experience, according to Leto.

“I’m so proud to have been able to participate in such a special, meaningful story. You know, it changed my life... winning the Oscar and being part of this film, it’s a dream,” Leto said.

The actor is no new face on the big screen, with previous roles in hits such as Fight Club, Panic Room and American Psycho, as well as having acted in scores of critically acclaimed smaller budget independent films – such as Dallas Buyers Club.

Six years off acting

Before the indie production that brought him an Oscar, Leto had been on a six-year break from filmmaking. This was time given to music, and his rock band 30 Seconds to Mars_._

“I was touring with 30 Seconds to Mars, playing shows all over the world, making an album called This is War, making an album called _Love, Lust, Faith and Dreams, battling an industry, making a documentary called Artifact. _It was a very busy time, a very productive time. Not for me as an actor, but in many other ways.”

Over the past years, 30 Seconds to Marsplayed hundreds of shows around the world, earning the Guinness world record for the longest running tour.

In addition to acting and being a rock star, Leto has also directed music videos and the documentary film Artifact about his band and its battle against the music industry. Combining three careers takes a lot of work, the star confesses:

“It’s challenging. Just like anything. There are harder things to do. But you persevere, and you work and you work and you work!”

Tight-lipped on Ukraine – this time around

And what are the Renaissance man’s future plans?

“Directing, music, acting... I’m a creative person, and I like to go where the opportunities are, or create the opportunities myself,” Leto muses.

From Finland, 30 Seconds from Mars heads to strife-torn Ukraine. On the Oscar podium, Leto raised the Ukrainian issue. When asked about whether we could expect a statement on the situation in the Ukraine, the artist was more guarded in his words:

“That’s not really our statement to make, but we’re happy to be able to play a show over there, and we’re looking at the situation very closely and carefully.”