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