Zachary Quinto, famous for his role as Spock in the 2009 Star Trek film and as the deliciously evil Sylar in the hit TV show Heroes has come out as gay. This month’s New York magazine features an interview with the star where he unambiguously discusses his sexual orientation:
For one thing, he’s willing to unambiguously talk about his sexual orientation. His eight-month role [as Louis] in Angels [in America] was both “the most challenging thing I’ve ever done as an actor and the most rewarding” he says. Having to inhabit that terrible lost world, if only in his mind, took a toll. “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.”
The article, written by Benjamin Wallace, is a very personal piece that gives much insight to the actor, making note that Quinto previously kept his personal life very close to his chest. The mystery is now out in the open, and this breaks open yet another star that just might be able to break away from the “gay actors only play gay men” absurdity.
Quinto is very much of a thoughtful man, taking very deliberate steps in his life. This is just one of them. Congratulations to his freedom, and may his career live long and prosper.