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Interview:
Actor Makes Sacrifices To Be In and
 

By GARY GRAFF
Of the Oakland Press

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30 Seconds to Mars’ second album, the gold-selling “A Beautiful Life,” came out 14 months ago. And while it’s not unusual for most rock bands to still be working a project more than a year later, it means a certain degree of sacrifi ce for actor Jared Leto, who fronts the group.

“Well, everyone in the band has other creative pursuits, but the main focus for all of us is 30 Seconds to Mars,” says Leto, 35, whose acting credits include “Fight Club,” “Girl, Inter rupted,” “Alexander,” “American Psycho” and “Requiem for a Dream.” “We really believe in this record. We’re incredibly proud of it, and we want to share it with people.

“And we want to create this emotional revolution for ourselves. We think we accomplished a lot of our goals we had with this record, so it’s really about the joy and excitement we’re sharing with people night after night.”

Leto — who founded the band with younger brother Shannon while they were children — acknowledges that he’s something of a first among equals as far as the attention paid to 30 Seconds to Mars, whose video for the single “The Kill” won the MTV2 Award at this year’s MTV Video Music Awards. And he accepts the role of being the group’s creative fulcrum, though he notes that situation has evolved over the years, too.

“We all share a vision of where we want to go,” Leto explains, “and this feels like the band we’ve always been searching for. I’m in a situation where people trust what I have to offer, trust the vision I have and the songs I have to give. And I know they can help me and help 30 Seconds to Mars be that band we want it to be.

“That’s a very lucky place to be in for all of us.”



30 Seconds to Mars headlines the MTV2 $2 Bill Welcome To The Universe Tour, which stops Sunday (October 22nd) at the State Theatre, 2150 Woodward Ave., Detroit. Head Automatica, Cobra Starship, Envy on the Coast and Men, Women and Children are also on the bill. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $25. Call (313) 961-5450 or visit

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