ZACHARY QUINTO

GQ (Australia) - - SOURCE -

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.

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