Did Jared Leto Really Start a Cult With Thirty Seconds to Mars?
However, his public reception has been rocky in recent years. His hewing to Method acting has drawn criticism for being over-the-top to an unnecessary degree. And his portrayal of a transgender woman in Dallas Buyers Club attracted scorn because detractors thought the role should’ve gone to an actual transgender woman. Regardless, Leto remains popular, with upcoming projects.
Jared Leto is among the most interesting and multifaceted Hollywood celebrities. He’s been an actor since the 1990s. During this time, he also started the band Thirty Seconds to Mars. He also has multiple business ventures and investments, along with philanthropic projects.
Thirty Seconds to Mars is likewise successful and maintains a devoted fan base. But perhaps some fans are too devoted, as Leto has apparently embraced the idea of a “cult following” a bit literally. So did he start an actual cult around his rock band?
Leto had other major roles throughout the years, but he really developed his Method acting in 2000 in Requiem for aDream. For that role, he starved himself to portray a heroin addict.
Jared Leto’s family was involved in the hippie movement when he was young. It influenced him to pursue the arts. He initially wanted to be a director, but in 1994 he landed a role on the MTV drama My So-Called Life. His portrayal alongside Claire Danes made him quite popular.
In the 2000s, he became more involved with music. But in 2013, he landed a pivotal role in Dallas Buyers Club as Rayon, a transgender woman. Leto strove to give a respectful and realistic performance. However, he caught flak for playing a transgender woman as a cis man. Since then, more transgender actors have been able to break into the industry.