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Jared Leto backstage at the 2014 Screen Actors Guild Awards

The 20th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards took place on Jan. 18, 2014, at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. Here is what this Screen Actors Guild Award winner said backstage in the Screen Actors Guild Awards press room.

Jared Leto at the 2014 Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles
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Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role

("Dallas Buyers Club")

You thanked your mother in your acceptance speech. How did she react when you told her you wanted to be an actor?

My mom is very brave. That’s a great question. My mother always encouraged me to pursue creative dreams. And that’s pretty brave for a mom to do that. It certainly isn’t the most fortuitous or stable ground to be on. And I’m really grateful to her for that. It’s very special.

Where did the voice of Rayon come from when you played that character in “Dallas Buyers Club”?

Hard work. I found the voice by working with transgender people. They really showed me the way. They were my mentors. And it was through experimentation, trial and error, and a lot of education. It was a research-heavy role. It was a wonderful part, a role of a lifetime, really. Obviously. Right?

Do you get nervous on a day like today?

I actually don’t get nerves until they call my name. And then you get nervous, really, because you want to say the right thing, but there really is no right thing or wrong thing to say, as long as you’re speaking from the heart. And I wanted to say something about James Gandolfini, because I knew him personally.

I wanted to say something to my mother, because she was my date tonight and because she’s my mother. And I wanted to say something to the people around the world that are living with AIDS, the people that we’ve lost to AIDS. I’m glad we said all of that stuff. And to the Rayons of the world. It doesn’t come out as eloquently as you’d like it to in that heated moment, but that’s the name of the game. It’s all good.

What’s next for you?

I haven’t left music. We’re still touring with Thirty Seconds to Mars. We have a new album out called “Love, Lust, Faith and Dreams.” We have shows in Mexico starting on [Jan. 21, 2014], and subsequently around the world for the rest of the year. So Thirty Seconds to Mars is alive and well.

And being a part of a film that’s as special as this certainly makes me want to work with more interesting and creative people. The greatest thing about getting these awards is I’m able to say thank you to everyone in a very public way. And we’re also able to shine a light on this really important story and acknowledge and pay tribute to all the people that we’ve lost to this dreadful disease. The epidemic isn’t over, there isn’t a cure, and it’s still affecting people all over the world: 36 million people have died as a result of this disease, and another 35 million around the world are living with HIV and AIDS.

Can you talk about being in the Guinness Book of World Records?

We’ve broke the Guinness Book of World Records for Thirty Seconds to Mars for the longest tour ever, which is true.

What keeps you going?

What keeps me going? What fuels the ambition? I have a deep compulsion, I think, to create and share things with people. I feel really lucky to be an artist and to be an artist and to be a creative person. Thank you very much. I hope you have a fun night, that the chairs are cozy, the drinks are warm, and we’ll see you very soon. Thank you so much.

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