Published On: Sat, Feb 16th, 2013

Zachary Quinto talks ‘Star Trek Into Darkness,’ returning as Spock and ‘American Horror Story: Asylum’

During an interview with Huffington Post, Zachary Quinto talks in depth about his return as Spock in J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek Into Darkness this summer as well as his roles in The Glass Menagerie and  American Horror Story.

The Heroes star says he’s never felt any pressure of playing Spock.

Zachary Quinto Spock photo Star Trek Into Darkness“I never felt any pressure from being a part of that franchise, I only felt supported and I only felt supported and I have only felt like my job is to get to work and be a part of something that people want to watch and want to see. That certainly was the case the first time around and I think it will be more the case this time, because it is such a bigger experience we shot this movie in 3D and IMAX and I think the story just lends itself to much more of an explosion onto the summer movie schedule scene. I am just really excited to get it out there and share it with people and I don’t feel any particular individual pressure to doing anything other than my job and my job is already done I shot it in the first half of 2012, so I’ve been done for awhile and now the responsibility is in everybody else’s hands to bring it all to life. J.J. [Abrams] is just a genius and everybody who works around him is incredibly talented at what they do, so I feel like people won’t be disappointed, that is certainly my hope.”

Even from the name, Trek fans expect a darker film.

“Yeah, darker, bigger and there’s just more at stake for everybody. So, I think that’s exciting for an audience. More action, more peril and there’s more at stake, as I said, for the crew of the Enterprise this time around. More danger and just a bigger, bolder experience I would say.”

Quinto also landed a key role in Tennessee Williams’ The Glass Menagerie.

Zachary Quinto Spock Star Trek Into Darkness“I wanted to do a play at the beginning of 2013, because it was the first window of availability that I had in my schedule. So, basically my agents brought me a few different projects that I was considering and it just felt like this was the best fit for me on so many levels. You’ve got the creative team [including] John Tiffany and Bob Crowley, and Cherry Jones was already cast when I came on board, so I knew that the caliber of people getting together to make this work was really in line with my levels of aspiration. Also, I have always respected the A.R.T. I feel like it is a place that allows for process to unfold and an incubative environment, so I was really excited by that and of course by the play itself was something I felt drawn to on a creative level. It was a pretty easy decision once the option [The Glass Menagerie] was presented to me.”

Quinto also discussed his role as Dr. Thredson on American Horror Story: Asylum.

“The great thing about that character on American Horror Story, was that I had a secret that I knew for the first five episodes [about] where the charactering was heading, which really was not the case in Heroes. It was a great gift for me as an actor to be able to anticipate the turns that were lying around the corner for the character, because I could sort of build towards that in a specific way, so for me it was about selling the audience one version of the character knowing that a very dark and different version would emerge. That was fun to be able to do and then I think if there were any similarities in the characters I think they emerged later on when his darker side was given full birth. I was lucky to be working with a lot of friends and as dark as that show is it was actually a very enjoyable process, because everyone working on that show is a constant professional and brought their A-game, but also really how to keep it light and not let the heaviness of the world that we were creating every week slip through.”

Check out the full interview here.

Star Trek Into Darkness stars Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Benedict Cumberbatch, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, Simon Pegg, Alice Eve and Anton Yelchin. The film is set to hit theaters May 17th.



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  1. Lucy says:

    I am a huge fan of Zachary Quinto, and I especially love what he has brought to the role of Spock. He really brought a youthful ignorance to the character, and I can’t wait to see him evolve as the franchise continues. I am especially excited to see what’ s in store with Into Darkness, and I have been refreshing on everything Star Trek.

    Watching the movies again has really made the wait for the sequel easier, it seems like everyone will be faced with their own challenges in the film. I can’t wait to see how Spock deals with these struggles, and I am excited to see him develop a closer friendship with Kirk along the way.

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