Zachary Quinto, an actor mostly likely known for his role as the villain Sylar on the "Heroes" television series and as Spock in the 2009 "Star Trek" film, opened up about his sexuality in a new interview and came out as a "gay man."
The 34-year-old actor gave an interview to New York magazine about his latest film, "Margin Call," and said that it was his role in the Broadway revival of "Angels in America" as Louis Ironson that made him realize something.
The play is about people and their loved ones dealing with AIDS in the mid-1980s. Quinto said that his eight-month stint in the play was "the most challenging thing I've ever done as an actor and the most rewarding." He added, "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."
Previously the actor had remained quiet about his personal life. The magazine notes a profile of the actor from the New York Times in 2010 where Quinto talks about his passion for gay rights and The Trevor Project but added that although " the blogosphere is rife with speculation about his sexuality," Quinto "prefers not to feed that rumor mill with either substantiation or dismissal."
"The fact that these things are such hot-button issues right now, socially and politically, I would much rather talk about that than talk about who I sleep with," Quinto told the New York Times in October 2010 about supporting gay rights causes. "I would love to be a voice in this maelstrom of chaos and obsessive celebrity infatuation that says, 'Let's talk about something that matters.'"
Quinto also spoke of Jamey Rodemeyer, a 14-year-old boy who committed suicide in September because he was bullied by his peers for being gay. "And again, as a gay man I look at that and say there's a hopelessness that surrounds it," Quinto told New York magazine. "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.'"
Lady Gaga also spoke out about the teen's suicide in September. "The past days I've spent reflecting, crying, and yelling. I have so much anger," Lady Gaga Tweeted on Wednesday, September 21. "It is hard to feel love when cruelty takes someones life. Jamey Rodemeyer, 14 yrs old, took his life because of bullying. Bullying must become ... illegal. It is a hate crime."
Last year, Quinto recorded a video for the "It Gest Better" campaign, which includes videos from celebrities and non-famous people offering encouraging words to those bullied about their sexuality. It was started last year following a slew of suicides of bullied gay teenagers.
The actor recently played Anna Farris' ex-boyfriend in the comedy "What's Your Number?" In the past he has had roles as Tori Spelling's gay best friend on "So NoTORIous" and has an upcoming role in FX's "American Horror Story." The actor is set to reprise his role as Spock in the upcoming "Star Trek" sequel, which is still in the works.