Jeremy Renner: 'I couldn't afford to date'

jeremy-renner-details.jpg Jeremy Renner may be on the cover of "Details" this month, but it wasn't too long ago that he couldn't even make ends meet. When he was first auditioning and trying to break into the acting scene, he made cash on the side by fixing up old houses.

"I wasn't super-happy being so poor," he tells the mag. "Eating on $10 a month--probably not very good for you. But I loved what I was doing. Not every actor gives their life to do this job. Some just do it as a job. Well, it's my life."

Eating wasn't the only thing he couldn't afford. "I never dated, because I couldn't afford to date. I didn't even have electricity. You try to put a positive spin on it, like, 'Hey, this is so sexy--look at all these candles!' But I loved what I was doing. The sacrifices I made in personal relationships had the biggest effect on my life. Even now, any woman would take a No. 2 seat to my job."

Not to mention, he's not too into the tabloid scrutiny that comes hand-in-hand with being an Oscar-nominated actor in a relationship. "I don't pay attention to that horses***," he says of the media madness. "Build 'em up to bring 'em down? I'm not going on that train, my son. I'm not going on that train. I'll walk. I'll take a bike. ( laughs) I'd rather just not be popular."