Zach Quinto: "I'm a Gay Man"
Zachary Quinto, best known for the TV series Heroes and as Mr. Spock in the Star Trek reboot, has come out as a gay man in a new interview with New York magazine.
The 34-year-old actor was discussing his eight-month role in Angels in America on Broadway last year, in which he played a gay man who left his AIDS-afflicted boyfriend, when he revealed his sexual orientation publicly for the first time.
“[Angels in America was] the most challenging thing I’ve ever done as an actor and the most rewarding” he said. “And at the same time, as a gay man, it made me feel like there’s still so much work to be done, and there’s still so many things that need to be looked at and addressed.”
Quinto also discussed the cultural bipolarity in America, as seen with the legalization of gay marriage in New York and the recent suicide of bullied gay teenager Jamey Rodemeyer:
“And again, as a gay man I look at that and say there’s a hopelessness that surrounds it, but as a human being I look at it and say ‘Why? Where’s this disparity coming from, and why can’t we as a culture and society dig deeper to examine that?’ We’re terrified of facing ourselves.”
In addition to playing gay on Tori Spelling’s TV show So NoTORIous and on the new FX series American Horror Story, Quinto has long been a gay rights advocate, performing in a 2009 staging of The Laramie Project: 10 Years Later and releasing an “It Get Better” video for The Trevor Project last year.
On his official blog this morning, Quinto wrote that Jamey Rodemeyer's suicide was the catalyst for his coming out:
"When I found out that Jamey Rodemeyer killed himself - I felt deeply troubled. but when I found out that Jamey Rodemeyer had made an It Gets Better video only months before taking his own life - I felt indescribable despair. I also made an It Gets Better video last year - in the wake of the senseless and tragic gay teen suicides that were sweeping the nation at the time. but in light of Jamey's death - it became clear to me in an instant that living a gay life without publicly acknowledging it - is simply not enough to make any significant contribution to the immense work that lies ahead on the road to complete equality."
UPDATE: Quinto tells MTV News he's grateful for the "enormous and universal support" after coming out. Click here to watch that clip.