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2014-01-31 07:00

Los Angeles - Jared Leto visited a supermarket in drag.

The 42-year-old actor was cast as HIV positive transgender woman Rayon in Dallas Buyers Club and to get into character he would go out in public dressed as his alter-ego and his cross-dressing garnered him a lot of attention. 

Quizzed on whether he wondered around the streets in drag, he told ShortList magazine: "Yeah, I did that a lot and - as pretty a woman as I thought I made - I didn't fool anyone. 

"I went to the supermarket in drag, mainly to stare at food because I wasn't eating, and I got lots of looks. Some were just like, 'Wait, is that ... that guy from films? Dressed as a woman?' But I also got a look that was like, 'I don't know who or what that is, but I don't fucking like it.' A judgement, a condemnation."

Jared - who took a six-year break from Hollywood to work on his music career with band 30 Seconds To Mars - was forced to lose weight and spent hours in make-up for the film and he although the he doesn't enjoy the movie making process he insists the "end product" is worth the discomfort he experienced. 

He explained: "Losing 18kg - that's not fun. Let me be clear: there's no fun making a movie like Dallas Buyers Club. I don't think one joke was cracked the entire time. Obviously, there are funny bits in the film - I don't think it made the final cut ... on the whole, the process of acting can be very tedious. For this movie, I was in make-up for eight hours. Twenty minutes is annoying, y'know, but eight hours?"

Asked about why he came out of semi-retirement to make Dallas Buyers Club, Jared added: "I love film. I love the end product. So, no matter how hard it is, the rewards are always worth it."

Jared in drag on the cover of Candy:

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