WASHINGTON — When Zachary Quinto quietly entered the headquarters of the Motion Picture Association of America for a special screening of “Star Trek Into Darkness” on Wednesday, the scene was nothing short of a “House of Cards” episode. DC movers and shakers sipped cocktails and nibbled on hors d’oeuvres as they mingled with a smattering of congressional lawmakers. Some momentarily turned away from their conversations to snap photos of Quinto from their smartphones, before going back to hobnobbing.
Spotted in the crowd were Maryland Rep. Steny Hoyer, the House minority whip, and Rep. Jerrold Nadler of New York. Hoyer told reporters he was “a big space fan,” though he and Nadler have attended MPAA events before (since 2011, the group has been led by former Democratic senator Chris Dodd).
It came as no surprise that Quinto was comfortable in their presence, at one point quipping to a relative he had to “go greet the congressman.” The 35-year-old actor has never been one to shy away from political causes. He served as a fierce advocate for LGBT rights after coming out in 2011 and campaigned for President Barack Obama’s reelection in 2012.