Face Of an Icon

From the fi­nal fron­tier to Broad­way, Zachary Quinto shows us what real tal­ent looks and sounds like

DA MAN - - Contents - Pho­tog­ra­phy Mitchell Nguyen McCor­mack

From the fi­nal fron­tier to Broad­way, Zachary Quinto shows us what real tal­ent looks and sounds like

Like many of his peers, Zachary Quinto started his act­ing ca­reer with guest ap­pear­ances in var­i­ous tV shows, from “24” and “csi” to “six Feet un­der” and “lizzie Mcguire.” then, in 2006, “he­roes” hap­pened, and Quinto landed what would be­come one of his most iconic roles: the vil­lain sy­lar. and be­fore his stint as the su­per-pow­ered se­rial killer came to a close, he was cast in yet an­other des­tined-to-be-iconic role: spock in the new “star trek” movie se­ries, aka the kelvin time­line as it is of­fi­cially called.

Now, while the fourth “star trek” ti­tle is still quite a while away, it seems that Quinto has been—and will be—quite busy. later this year, for in­stance, we will see him back on the big screen as part of a huge en­sem­ble cast for “ho­tel artemis,” while on the small screen the New yorker will host a re­make of the old doc­u­men­tary show “in search of.” and last but not least, Quinto is also part of the cast for the 50th an­niver­sary pro­duc­tion of the Broad­way play “the Men from the Boys” which runs un­til next au­gust. here, he shares some ex­tra in­sight into his up­com­ing projects with DaMaN. DaMan: Hi, Zachary; awe­some to have you with us. How are you do­ing? Zachary Quinto: i’m great. Da: ear­lier this year, we’ve learned that you’re at­tached as the host and ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer of the re­make or reimag­in­ing of the 1970s show “In Search of.” can you give us a brief in­tro to the show and in what ways it will dif­fer from the orig­i­nal? ZQ: “in search of” is a doc­u­men­tary se­ries that delves into un­ex­plained phe­nom­ena and mys­ter­ies from all around the world. over the course of ten episodes we look at sub­jects like aliens, ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence and life af­ter death, to name a few. Da: nowa­days, there’s quite a bit of skep­ti­cism—and even cyn­i­cism— when it comes to dis­cus­sions of the para­nor­mal, spec­u­la­tion his­tor­i­cal events, etc. How will the new “In Search of” ap­peal to a new gen­er­a­tion of view­ers?

ZQ: so much has changed in the last 40 years since the orig­i­nal se­ries aired. We are look­ing at these topics from a new per­spec­tive, with all of the advances in tech­nol­ogy and science that have ben­e­fited our so­ci­ety in the last few decades. Da: Mov­ing on to movies, this april you’re set to ap­pear in “Who We are

now.” What can movie­go­ers ex­pect from this ti­tle?

ZQ: “Who We are Now” is a quiet, in­de­pen­dent film that drew me in be­cause of the com­plex­ity and di­men­sions of its char­ac­ters. it ex­plores the re­la­tion­ship of a woman re­cently re­leased from prison as she tries to re­gain cus­tody of her son from her sis­ter, who took care of the child while she was in­car­cer­ated. i play a for­mer marine who strikes up an un­likely romance with the woman played by the inim­itable julie Ni­chol­son. these are two char­ac­ters that are ex­tremely wounded, but find a sense of com­fort and pos­si­bil­ity with each other. Da: one critic de­scribed “Who We are now” as “a dev­as­tat­ingly au­then­tic drama.” The same critic de­scribed your per­for­mance as “su­per be­liev­able.” Do you agree that be­ing grounded is one of the film’s big­gest strengths?

ZQ: sure. there’s a hu­man­ity to the way the film was writ­ten and di­rected by Matthew New­ton, which al­lows the uni­ver­sal hu­man ex­pe­ri­ence to shine through. Da: Speak­ing of which, you of­ten play char­ac­ters with mind­sets that the av­er­age per­son might find, per­haps, a bit alien—lit­er­ally in the case of Spock from “Star Trek,” more fig­u­ra­tively in, say, Josh nor­man from “aard­vark.” Yet you play these roles in a way that makes them grounded and re­lat­able. How do you do it? ZQ: i think fo­cus­ing on as­pects of these char­ac­ters that res­onate for me per­son­ally is the be­gin­ning of any process for me as an ac­tor. iden­ti­fy­ing the ways in which i can love ev­ery char­ac­ter i play is an essen­tial as­pect of the ex­pe­ri­ence.

IDEN­TI­FY­ING THE WAYS IN WHICH I CAN LOVE EV­ERY CHAR­AC­TER I PLAY IS AN ESSEN­TIAL AS­PECT OF THE EX­PE­RI­ENCE”

Out­fit by Louis Vuit­ton

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