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Jared Leto backstage at the 2014 Golden Globe Awards

Jared Leto at the 2014 Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, Calif.
Jared Leto at the 2014 Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, Calif.
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The 71st annual Golden Globe Awards took place on Jan. 12, 2014, at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, Calif. Here is what this Golden Globe winner said backstage in the Golden Globe Awards press room.

JARED LETO

Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture

(“Dallas Buyers Club”)

You didn’t prepare a speech and you saw yourself as a dark horse in this category. How do you feel now?

Obviously, I didn’t prepare a speech. You know, I have always been a bit of an outsider, and I don’t think that changes after today. I don’t think that’s necessarily a bad thing, either. I think Rayon was an outsider, and that’s an OK place to be. I am just very thankful and grateful. It is funny, when I was up there, I was just very moved. I was very, very grateful and very moved, just blown away, really blown away.

Jared, you said in your speech that you've been gone from acting for six years, so how much nerves and expectations did you have for yourself? And what is the biggest difference between Jared Leto the rock star and Jared Leto the actor?

Jared Leto the musician doesn’t put on wigs and heels to go to work. Although I probably could; I am a creative person. I spend time behind the camera directing. I love film and music, so all of it is wonderful. It is a really good thing to do with your life. I recommend it.

What do you think about everyone being such a big fan of your hair these days?

That’s a very nice thing. I don’t know. I can’t answer that question right now. I don’t know how to do that.

In 20 years, will you be singing or acting?

If I projected myself in 20 years, I don’t know if I’ll be doing either. I think it’s a big world out there with lots to explore. If I am so lucky to continue to have these creative experiences, I’ll consider myself a very fortunate person.

Did you ever think “Dallas Buyers Club” would get such award-season buzz going into it?

Not for a single second. I hadn’t made a film in so long. I was just focused on not letting anyone down in doing this wonderful project, just doing a good job, that’s really what I was focused on, work, work, work, work. None of us thought about a response to the film at all.

What did it take to get into the mindset to play the Rayon character in “Dallas Buyers Club”?

You might want to ask Spike Jonze that question. He can answer it a little smarter than I. I didn’t hear anything you said, because I was looking at Spike Jonze. It is what you call a good problem.

You know, I had something happening, I was on tour and making a documentary and I was interviewing young people around the world, and I had met a kid named Daniel. It was really intimate, just me, him, and a camera. And it turned out that Daniel was actually born a girl, was 14 years old and now living as a young boy.

That experience with a person, a transgender young person, really helped to inform me. I don’t think I could have played this part. I don’t think I had played the part if I hadn’t taken six years away from film. I think somehow, in some way, I have begun again and am much better for it. I recommend six years.

Where are you going to be keeping your Golden Globe Award?

I love the fishing pole approach. I have never seen that. Where am I going to keep my award? I don’t know yet. I am still trying to breathe right now. It is kind of surreal. I didn’t expect that I would win tonight at all. So I am shocked and honored and happy just to be here in the company of so many talented people.

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