Jared Leto believes quitting acting for six years was ''one of the best decisions'' he's ever made.

The 30 Seconds to Mars frontman stopped performing for over half a decade in order to focus on his music career, but he thinks the break made him a better actor.

He explained: ''I think that the six years I took off was one of the best decisions I've ever made, in my entire life. I think it made me a better actor. I think it made me a better person. We really only have to offer an equal and opposite reflection of the experiences that we've had in our lives, and the time away was crucial.''

The 42-year-old star is adamant that he wouldn't have been able to play Rayon, a transgender AIDS patient, in 'Dallas Buyers Club' without taking a hiatus back in 2008.

He told Collider.com: ''I couldn't have done any of that [performance in 'Dallas Buyers Club] - not even close - without that time away. I was chasing other dreams, and that's a powerful thing. When you fail, you win a little and you fail again, you take all of those lessons and you apply it.''