Zachary Quinto

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BY GE­ORGE DICKIE Of the mys­ter­ies you re­searched on “In Search Of,” which sur­prised you the most?

In­ter­est­ingly, the big­gest sur­prise that I had was do­ing the episode on sink­holes. It didn’t re­ally ex­cite me go­ing into it and it felt a lit­tle in­con­gru­ous against the other episodes that we were do­ing. But then I was re­ally in­ter­ested in it and re­ally moved by it be­cause we spoke to a lot of peo­ple whose lives were re­ally af­fected by the phe­nom­e­non of sink­holes.

And I just came to have a much greater ap­pre­ci­a­tion for the Earth and the ground un­der our feet and the sta­bil­ity of that ground which we take for granted. It re­ally threw me for an emo­tional loop speak­ing to some peo­ple who lost loved ones to sink­hole dis­as­ters and whole neigh­bor­hoods that were threat­ened and de­stroyed by sink­holes. So I went into that one just sort of a lit­tle bit am­biva­lent but I came out of it with a lot of growth emo­tion­ally, a lot of re­spect for the planet in a dif­fer­ent way. In your con­ver­sa­tions with Leonard Ni­moy, did he ever talk about “In Search Of” with you?

He never re­ally talked about it in depth. You know, I knew it was some­thing he had done and he would re­fer to it, but it wasn’t any­thing that we talked about more than ca­su­ally.

Leonard once said to you “You have no idea what you’re in for” af­ter you landed the role of Spock in the re­cent “Star Trek” movies. Was he right?

Yeah in a way, although I think his ex­pe­ri­ence of “Star Trek” was quite dif­fer­ent and in some ways more lim­it­ing for him. So I think he was right. It’s a pretty unique fan base and a unique tra­jec­tory and ex­pe­ri­ence but I think like ev­ery­thing else it’s been di­luted over the years. So I don’t think it’s as con­cen­trated or as po­tent for me as it was for him.

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