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Jared Leto talks Thirty Seconds To Mars, mom at Critics' Choice Awards

01/17/2014 by Corinne Heller

Jared Leto continues to collect awards for his role in "Dallas Buyers Club" as the 2014 Oscars grow closer and the question is -- what happens to his rock band Thirty Seconds To Mars, now that he has revived his acting career?

The 42-year-old is nominated for his first Oscar for his performance as an HIV-positive transgender woman and won a Golden Globe, his first major award, for his role this past Sunday. On Thursday, Jan. 26, he won a Critics' Choice Movie Award for the part and talked to reporters backstage at the Los Angeles ceremony about his career.

Check out three highlights from his Q&A with reporters.

1. Thirty Seconds To Mars is like his child -- one of them.

When asked where he plans to concentrate his efforts, with regard to his band and his acting, Leto said: "Well it's like when you have your second child."

"Do you ignore the first one? Sometimes," he added. "Depends what kind of parent you are, I suppose. But I am going to do the best I can to pay enough attention to both of them so they don't hate me when they grow up and end up in rehab like their dad. Anyway, I'm joking. That's a joke."

The actor, who rose to fame playing mostly-silent (and constantly staring) high school heartthrob Jordan Catalano in the 1990s ABC series "My So-Called Life," has often showcased his acerbic sense of humor during interviews with the press.

2. His mother -- and grandmother -- helped influence his "Dallas Buyers Club" character.

"My grandmother and my mother are certainly inside of Rayon, somewhere," he told reporters. "You know that accent -- my grandmother was from Louisiana, lived in Texas and certainly that song was a familiar melody in my head."

3. On dedicating his Critics' Choice Movie Award to HIV-positive patients ...

He continued to crack jokes backstage at the Critics' Choice Awards (at one point, he addressed reporters as his "class") but took on a serious tone while speaking about "Dallas Buyers Club" and AIDS research.

"I'm very proud to be here," he said. "I'm very proud to support those around the world that are HIV-positive and I accepted tonight on behalf of all of the people that have suffered as a result of this horrendous disease."

Check out a full list of 2014 Oscar nominees.

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