He graced the cover of this month's "Hollywood Reporter" magazine as "one of the six surprising stars of awards season" ... for a reason. Four years after taking time off acting (to spend with his equally successful band 30 Seconds To Mars) Leto returned to acting to play the role of Rayan, a cross-dressing man diagnosed with AIDS in 1985. Not only did Leto stay in full character - both on camera and off - don't be surprised to see his name in the "Best Supporting Actor"categories come awards season.

"Dallas Buyers Club" is in theatres this weekend ... on Friday - Stephanie's one on one with his co-star, Matthew McConaughey.