DALLAS-BUYERS-CLUBYou know a film is worthwhile when Jared Leto signs up for it – as an actor who chooses his roles somewhat sparingly. His latest, Dallas Buyers Club, has earned him an Academy Award nomination for his efforts – and we sat down with the talented actor to discuss this triumph.

Having taken a lengthy break away from acting – primarily to focus on his band, 30 Seconds to Mars, Leto plays Rayon, a transgender AIDs victim, who forms an unlikely friendship with Matthew McConaughey’s Ron Woodruff. Leto tells us about his research methods, his physical transformation, and what it means to himself and the movie to be so heavily rewarded with Oscar nominations.

Dallas Buyers Club is released on February 7.