WE TALK ALL THINGS STAR TREK – AND WHAT IT’S LIKE TO BE AN OPENLY GAY ACTOR IN THE HOLLYWOOD MACHINE.
GQ: Are we right in thinking director Justin Lin’s brought some action from his Fast & Furious helming to Star Trek Beyond?
There’s a lot of action, sure, but there’s also a lot of humour and a lot of heart. And any good blockbuster should be a balance of those things – hopefully we’re able to strike that ourselves.
GQ: Where’s Mr Spock this time around?
At the beginning of the film, we’re all in the middle of our five-year mission, and then things go tits-up. Spock’s approaching a bit of an existential crossroads – trying to figure out how he can best be of service to others, where his efforts are best directed in terms of the contribution that he’s making, either historically or to the Vulcan race, and the efforts to repopulate and rebuild Vulcan. As the movie goes on, he’s severely injured, and that becomes a primary obstacle for him throughout the film.
GQ: Getting a bit Trekky, is Spock still struggling with the whole ‘logic versus emotion’ quandary that’s cloaked the character for so long?
He’s a little more at peace with the duality that he possesses, but then there are things that happen in the course of the movie that speak right to that very point, the difference between logic and emotion.
GQ: You got to know [original TV Spock] Leonard Nimoy – what do you miss most about him since his passing?
I just miss him. I miss his voice, I miss the idea of calling him up and making plans to have brunch or dinner. We spent a lot of time together. It’s just the presence of someone that you care about deeply who’s no longer in the world – that’s hard.
GQ: You came out in 2011 – stating a wish to live a more authentic life. Have you felt any industry resistance due to your sexuality?
Revolutions happen in different time frames; we’re making great progress and there is a lot of momentum behind the shift toward equality. It’s reflected in politics and it’s reflected in the entertainment industry. Interestingly, I’d say you’re the first to ever present it to me like that. Usually when it gets asked, talking about the impact coming out’s had on my career, people present it to me in a way where it’s like, ‘Wow, you’re doing tons of stuff and you’re busy.’ So I don’t feel like there’s been any negative impact on my career.
GQ: And you’re clearly happy to fight for the LGBTI community – and be a recognisable advocate for change and equality.
I look back on my journey and recognise the value of that decision, both for me personally, and in a larger sense,
FROM TOP: QUINTO, MINUS THE SPOCK GETUP; ON SET WITH KARL URBAN.