Jared Leto thinks Hollywood has a long way to go.
The "Suicide Squad" star took home an Oscar in 2014 for his heart-wrenching turn as an HIV-positive transgender woman in "Dallas Buyers Club," but in a new interview with GQ Style he said he believes minority actors are still facing an uphill battle.
"I definitely don't think a gay leading man would have the same opportunities as a straight leading man," he told the mag. "I don't think that. Not for a single second. I don't know if that's offensive or not, but that's my thought right now."
Jared clarified that while it "shouldn't be that way" and he wishes the term "minority" would be "taken off the list" entirely, the industry as a whole is what ultimately needs to change.
"I think that this is still a very conservative business," he said, explaining that he does see an evolution beginning to take shape.
"We're in an interesting time right now where people are exploring all kinds of different ideas of identity, not just masculinity or femininity," Jared said. "Maybe a whole new paradigm. I think that's great. Because a lot of people probably are marginalized still, and finding a sense of identity is critical to empowering people. For myself, I have never had a specific idea of masculinity. I think it's okay just to be yourself and whatever that entails. You know, I've certainly never felt required to present myself in a certain way."
After nearly 20 years of fronting the top-selling alternative band 30 Seconds to Mars, Jared's strong opinions transfer to his other profession as well.
The 44-year-old also weighed in on two of today's most powerful music icons -- Kanye West and Taylor Swift. Instead of commenting on the pair's heated feud, however, he offered kind words about both superstars.
"He's a friend and has always been," Jared said of the rapper. "Kanye has always been the nicest person to me, kind and generous. I think he's a talent, and I really appreciate his ability to speak his mind."
He has similar high regard for Taylor, even after coming under fire last year for a video in which he said he doesn't "give a f--- about her." Jared later apologized for his remarks via social media, and told GQ Style what he admires most about the "1989" singer.
"She's great. She triggers a conversation with myself about what's possible. And you know, the thing I like about Taylor is she's a self-made woman. I see that in my mother," he marveled. "There were probably points in Taylor's career where someone else maybe would have been knocked off balance by criticism or other challenges, and she just kept marching forward."
Kanye and Taylor may have more in common with Jared than they think.
Despite being an Academy Award winner with an anticipated summer blockbuster on the way, Jared said that if given the option, the rock star life is what feels most comfortable for him – not acting.
"I would choose music, for sure," he told the mag.
-- Erin Biglow