Actor Zachary Quinto reveals he is gay and that having starred in the AIDS-themed play Angels in America made him realize he's lucky, in a new profile in New York magazine.
In the profile titled "What's Up Spock," Quinto calls his eight-month stint as conflicted Louis in Angels both “the most challenging thing I’ve ever done as an actor and the most rewarding.”
Quinto recalls the impact the play had on him personally. “Doing that play made me realize how lucky I was to be born when I was born and to not have to witness the decimation of an entire generation of amazingly talented and otherwise vital men,” he says.
“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.”
Last October while appearing in the landmark play, Quinto filmed an emotional video for the "It Gets Better" campaign, aimed at ending the antigay bullying epidemic that had caused numerous suicides.
During the new interview Quinto responds to what New York describes as "the cultural bipolarity that can see gay marriage legalized in New York in the same year that yet another gay teenager, Jamey Rodemeyer, was bullied and killed himself,' Quinto says, “And again, as a gay man I look at that and say there’s a hopelessness that surrounds it, 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.”
Quinto is currently in theaters in a small role in the comedy What's Your Number? and will be seen later this month as a gay man in the FX series American Horror Story. His next film Margin Call, which he co-produced and in which he costars with Kevin Spacey, will open October 21.