Jared Leto: 'Paul McCartney Told Me to Keep Writing and Wonderful Things Will Happen'

30 Seconds to Mars singer says former Beatle offered advice and told him to "keep writing."

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30 Seconds to Mars frontman Jared Leto has revealed the advice he was given by Paul McCartney when they met at a recent awards ceremony.

In an interview with Rolling Stone (via NME), Leto was talking about how he was working on new music for the band, adding: "I was talking to Paul McCartney at one of these events during awards season – always great to drop Paul McCartney's name, don't worry, I'll do Bono next – anyway, I was kind of prodding him for some advice.

"And he just talked about something I've heard many creative people say before. He said, 'You know what? Just write. Show up every day and write something. And keep writing. Even when you think you don't have something to say, just do it. And wonderful things will happen.'

"So I'm taking that approach. There are no rules right now. If a song is ready, we could release it. There might be a collaboration or a new song coming. You never know." Later in the interview, he talked about what it was like now being an Oscar-winner, having picked up Best Supporting Actor at the Academy Awards earlier this year for his role in "Dallas Buyers Club."

He said: "There's a lot of goodwill and joy and excitement that not only I get, but everybody around me gets. We've known each other for so long, there's an investment as a co-conspirator and a friend, like, 'Oh sh-t, my buddy Jared had something really wonderful happen.' It's not just about me, it's about all of us; it becomes a community thing. And you get a chance to take the light that shines on you and turn it back on your mom, or your friends, or people that have believed in you."

Earlier this week, Paul McCartney cancelled his Japanese tour after contracting a virus.

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    Like his music or not, he is a fine chap. And an awesome actor.
    Agreed. I resent him more because he has accomplished more than I could even dream at this point. I think its the same reason most people hate him. Like it or not he is better than you.
    This article almost feels like it's about nothing; like it's building up to say "hey, McCartney's sick."
    Regardless of what you think of Leto, I think it's always pretty cool to hear that great artists are asking other great artists for advice. It's not some elite club or anything, it kinda makes it feel more down to earth.
    Why do you have to grant musicians godlike status to be surprised when they're humble?
    A lot of people think they hear god tell them to do things but usually you are just crazy