Zach for Vanity Fair Italy

This magazine was posted on tumblr altogether with the English translation. It’s a great interview about ‘All is Lost’ working with Robert Redford, and, of course, his coming out two years ago and how it affected (or didn’t affected) his career.

Read it below, and see full scans in the gallery:

ZACHARY QUINTO
My name is GAY
On Star Trek he’s Spock, one that “run, fight and love a woman: all very heterosexual”. In real life, he came out two years ago. And, now that “people ask for me” and he worked with Robert Redford, he has something to say to Rupert Everett

I can’t avoid it, as soon as i meet Zachary Quinto i say hi to him Star Trek style. He laugh and tell me i’ve to practice, i’m not enough laid-back. More Fantozzi style “my fingers get intertwined” than Spock, tbh. Which, coming from Spock himself, crushes all my spatial ambitions. Without the pointy ears of his character and the lunar look of the long-live syfi saga, Zachary is a cute 37 year old man with thick eyebrows and an articulated talk.

We met during the Cannes Film Festival, which he attended with a movie where he doesn’t act in it, All Is Lost with Robert Redford. It’s the second movie made by the production company he co-created and that’s called Before The Door. The first movie they signed was the interesting Margin Call with Kevin Spacey. As producer, and with 747k followers on twitter, he participated in a Tweet Talk organized by Giorgio Armani on the theme Cinema and Fashion. He just left behind him a five weeks promo tour, from Sydney to Moscow, to London for the premier of Star Trek – Into Darkness, and he was gettin’ ready to go back in the United States where there’s the rehearsals for The Glass Menagerie by Tenneessee Williams that are waiting for him. And also his partner, actor and singer Jonathan Groff.
Yes, because Zachary – who plays a gay character on American Horror Story- is gay too in real life and it’s something we can talk about it. It’s not a gossip: he said it himself, in 2011. Which is a rarity, for an Hollywood actor, mostly when he’s part of a commercial and global success like Star Trek.

It happened with an interview for the New York Magazine, two years after the first Star Trek. What were you thinking?
“I was thinking about it for a while, and i knew that sooner or later i would have done it. But i didn’t talk about it with anyone, not even my mother. I’ve arrived at the interview knowing i wanted to do it. The final push was a news story, the suicide of a young gay boy harassed by the school’s bullies.”

After that, how did you felt?
“Better. From that moment on i could live truthfully both inside and outside my work life, there were no veils to obfuscate who i am, there is no wasted energy used to hide something that doesn’t need to stay hidden.”

Would you say that your coming out is an act of courage?
“Mostly, it was a necessary act for me. I’m happy to live in a time where we are free to do a statement like that. It’s a gift, and i opened the box. Not opening it would have meant to watch from a corner, to choose irrelevance.”

Producer of festival movies, theater actor, lead character in popular movies. How do you keep all of this together?
“Also thank to my coming out. Authenticity allows creative freedom. As soon as i signed for the first Star Trek, i knew that it was time to do something constructive, and i founded the production company. The popularity that comes from Star Trek is a solid platform from which i can give birth to other projects. I don’t wanna wait for the studios to decide for me who i have to be, what i have to do.”

How did you involve Robert Redford in All Is Lost, extreme thriller, with him as the only character in the middle of the sea?
“I’ve read an interview where i said that he would have liked to go back acting. We sent him the script and here we are. And I’ve to confess that finding the founding was easier than you could think.”

I’m admired by your lucidity and straightforwardness but, i’m sorry, i’m still thinking about Rupert Everett, the first one to coming out in the movie business. He keep saying he regret it.
“I know. It’s his problem, of his generation, of the time when he grew up and the historical moment when he came out. I’m sad when i read that he regrets it. There’s nothing to regret. I respect Rupert’s feelings, but for me i feel the responsibility to say who i am. It’s a time of changes: i wanna be part of it.”

Rupert Everett claim that the coming out ruined his career.
“It’s not my case. It hasn’t limited me before, it will not do it now and i will do everything i can for it to not limit anyone who will decide to come out. The world is full of people that wants to work with me and that respect me without caring about the gender of the person who i sleep with.”

If an heterosexual actor play a gay character people says “he’s so good”, but if it’s a gay actor that wants to play a straight man or a superhero they said “it’s not believable”.
“Nonsense. Clichés of people with a view limited by the fear and a closed mind. And, sorry, but my case speak for itself. In Star Trek Spock runs, fights and has a relationship with a women. It’s all very heterosexual. Yet I am Spock.”