The 34-year-old actor best known as Spock in Star Trek has been noticing a lot of things lately—from tabloid excess to financial corruption—that he finds highly illogical.
Interview by David Walters, Photograph by Chris Mcpherson
Details: In your new movie, Margin Call, you play an investment-bank risk analyst during the 2008 financial collapse. You’re a little more smoldering than the average bean counter.
Zachary Quinto: Our director, J.C. Chandor, brought that up once. He said, “I just wish we could shave your head. You’d look a little less put-together.” The funny thing is, a month and a half after we wrapped, I did shave my head for a play. J.C. said, “That’s the way you should have looked in the movie!” [Laughs.] I’m sure there are dudes on the floors of Wall Street who look like me.
Details: Were you concerned about whether you could inspire empathy for a bunch of overpaid suits?
Zachary Quinto: We’re not necessarily asking for empathy, just providing access to a world in which these people were ultimately pawns in a much larger game. There were certainly people who acted reprehensibly, but there were also people who were just following orders.
Details: What can you tell us about your role in Ryan Murphy’s new TV drama, American Horror Story?
Zachary Quinto: I think at this point I can safely say I’m playing a ghost. But they were very strict with the scripts. I had to go to the studio on my first day at seven in the morning and watch the pilot alone in the editing bay. I was so freaked out. I was in this dark room breathing that stagnant non-circulated air . . . It totally put me in the right frame of mind. Continue reading
Zachary did an interview this weekend to New York Magazine. Too many buzz about it, Twitter is screaming already. But the whole interview is pretty good, which he’s talking about his projects, specially Margin Call. Check it:
Playing serial killer Sylar on Heroes and Spock in Star Trek, Zachary Quinto invested two potentially soulless roles with head-turning depth. This week sees the premiere of Margin Call, an independent thriller about the financial crisis that he stars in and co-produced. Benjamin Wallace talked to him about being mistaken for a villain, coming back to the city where he memorably starred in a revival of Angels in America, and the serendipitous timing of a fi-cri movie dropping at the same time as the Occupy Wall Street protest movement. Continue reading
By Jennifer Odell, with reporting my Mary S. Park
When he’s not busy creeping out “Heroes” fans as the serial killer Sylar, or helping to man (or is that Vulcan?) the USS Enterprise as Spock, Zachary Quinto makes time to keep up with some of the hottest new releases on the indie film circuit. Last week, he debuted his own new indie film, “Breaking Upwards,” at New York’s IFC Center. And on Friday April 9, he stopped by the Gen Art premiere for “Electra Luxx,” to see his pal Carla Gugino portray a pregnant porn star. We caught up with the 32-year-old actor in an exclusive interview at the festival, where he shared his feelings about what makes Gen Art so unique.
Wonderwall: What did you think of Carla Gugino’s performance in “Electra Luxx”?
Zachary Quinto: I think she’s such a stunning performer. I think she’s so brave and so funny and so sweet and so beautiful.
WW: How did you like the film?
ZQ: I loved watching it and I loved that she’s my friend, so it was really fun.
WW: What do you think sets Gen Art apart from the other film festivals?
ZQ: It’s interesting, Gen Art does a lot of different kinds of arts collaborations and that’s really inspiring. Actually, I haven’t been to that many festivals. I mean I’ve only done one movie and it wasn’t really on the festival circuit so I look forward to it, actually. I look forward to the experience I’ve had so far being a platform that allows me to do [films like these.]
WW: So what’s next for you?
ZQ: I’m in the next Sebastian [Gutierrez]’s next movie and I’m looking forward to doing more work like that — more work with people that are inspired and inspiring, to tell stories in a different way. And Sebastian and Carla are two of those people. So I’m really grateful to be in their midst.