Zachary Quinto Interview – Star Trek Beyond – “[Leonard Nimoy and I] had a great relationship and a close bond, certainly something towards a fatherly bond”
Thanks mostly to his performance as emotionless Vulcan, Spock, Zachary Quinto’s public persona is at odds with who he really is.
“People seem to have this idea of me as a very serious guy and that couldn’t be further from who I really am.”
Meeting him today, he has a point. Since a breakout in Heroes as the callous Sylar after years in small screen limbo, the 39 year-old actor from Pittsburgh has clocked up an array of detached, cold characters from Hitman 47’s assassin John Smith to the titular slapper in The Slap.
Q: The first time you’ve played Spock since the passing of Leonard Nimoy, was that difficult for you?
QUINTO: Losing him has been really, really tough but I don’t dwell on the loss. I focus on the honour of being friends with someone so full of beauty and love and the greatest gift of being a part of the Star trek franchise was forming this bond with Leonard.
It was this paternal dynamic that was very special for me because my father passed away when I was young and he would have been similar in age to Leonard, we had a great relationship and a close bond, certainly something towards a fatherly bond.
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