Zachary Quinto is still out promoting the return of NBC’s Heroes (Monday Sept 22nd) and also talking more Star Trek. In a couple of new interviews Quinto talks about Spock’s ‘stillness,’ Star Trek’s theatrical-ness, how sci-fi has become such a part of his life, and more.
Quinto groks Spock and Sylar
Our friends over at Hardcore Nerdity have posted an audio interview with Zachary Quinto in which the actor discusses the similarities and obvious differences between playing Spock in the new Star Trek film and playing the villainous Sylar on Heroes. You can listen to the interview here; some excerpts are below.
Quinto: I think there’s elements to the characters that echo each other but I think they echo each other from very different, opposite ends of the spectrum. Each of the characters employs a stillness and a rich internal point of view that informs the way that they behave and the way they relate to people around them. It’s great fun to have characters that are rich and full of challenges and full of rewards and both of these characters are clearly that. As an actor … I don’t really approach a character as to whether or not its good or bad and just approach a character as to where it lives in me. I think for numerous reasons both of these characters find… these very different both find life in me.
HcN: Was it a relief to get back to that kind of freedom of sort of letting loose as Sylar after [playing Spock]?
ZQ: I think that’s the thing… the similarities… both of these characters are very contained and very controlled. … For me it was more like coming home when we came back to work on the show after going away on a new and uncharted experience with the movie and the sort of scale and size of the franchise and the iconic nature of the character I was stepping into. There was a tremendous sense of completion when I finished the film and a tremendous sense of familiarity when I came back to work on the show.
Quinto: Star Trek is theatrical
Also SciFi Wire has posted the transcript of a conference call with Quinto and Heroes creator Tim Kring, where the subject of Trek came up as well.
Question: Given Heroes and the upcoming Star Trek feature [in which Quinto plays a young Spock], did you always have a sense that you’d have a place in the SF universe, or was it just something that came about?
Quinto: Yeah, I never imagined my experience would lead me so deeply into the comic-book and science fiction world as it has, but, again, it’s something that I’m incredibly grateful for. And [considering his theater training], it makes sense when you look at it from that perspective, because I think there’s something very theatrical about those worlds. Obviously, the world of Heroes is incredibly heightened, and there’s something very theatrical about it. So while I never really expected it, you know, it doesn’t necessarily surprise me now that I have been ensconced in it. And also [it’s] like … it’s a really exciting group of fans, so I feel like that’s something else that is an added bonus to the whole thing. It’s like probably the most ardent group of people that you could ever be working for, in terms of fans and their enthusiasm for the stories that you’re telling. So I’m happy to be here. Now that I am, I definitely look forward to sort of exploring other areas of storytelling, but I’m so grateful that this one has led me to a point where I’ll be able to do that.
Question: This is a big year for Zach with both Heroes and Star Trek. What’s been your career plan in terms of leveraging the show into film roles, and how did you choose Star Trek as your first hiatus movie project?
Quinto: Well, I hardly chose it, so to speak. This whole year for me has been such a blur of good fortune that … Very little of it was by design. I feel like my experience on Heroes and the world in which it’s rooted lends itself to the attention that led me to be a part of the movie. I don’t really think of it in terms of how I’ll use Heroes to get movie roles or how I’ll use Heroes to get other jobs. I remain as grateful to remain on Heroes now as I did when I first started. It’s so fulfilling creatively and professionally. … I think you can’t get ahead of yourself because no amount of success or exposure or opportunity is going to really matter or be ultimately fulfilling unless you can be totally present in what you’re doing right now. …
A tan Zachary Quinto at “Heroes Countdown To The Premiere" event,