Actor of the week: Zachary Quinto

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Known for his distinctive eyebrows (They can be seen from miles away), Zachary Quinto has been one of my favourite actors for a little while now, and I’ve watched nearly everything he has been in, from movies and short films to TV shows, not to mention countless interviews. The openly gay film star is classically handsome, and he is able to fill a variety of roles, having played both heroic and villainous characters. Unfortunately, his awesome acting presence remains unknown to the average viewer. You would most likely have seen Zach in the Star Trek reboot as the legendary Mr. Spock, if at all. I’m here to give you a small window into Zach’s awesomeness. You’re welcome.

Zach started off his acting career on Television, guest starring on a wide array of shows. In 2006, he played the flamboyant, bisexual Sasan on Tori Spelling’s So noTORIous. The show only lasted a season, and I’m not surprised – with its low-grade comedy, ridiculous characters and even more annoying intro song, So noTORIous is cringe-worthy at best. Quinto’s character was the most entertaining, and he manages to do a fairly decent job considering the awful writing.

Photo: Zachary in So noTORIous

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Soon after, Zach took on the role of murderous serial killer Sylar in NBC’s Heroes, a role that would bring him much popularity. His performance as Sylar was phenomenal, and as the series progressed the fan-favourite supervillain proved to be both deadly-powerful and yet emotionally-conflicted about his ways. (I highly recommend Heroes, a show I know you’ll enjoy even if you’re not a big Quinto fan. It takes a unique look at the superhuman genre, although it gets a bit slow in the second season and often has repetitive storylines.) Sylar became a character known for his golden lines, for example: “This is usually the part where people start screaming.” (Kinda creepy, right?) You can see a short clip of Sylar using his powers of telekinesis here.

Photo: Zachary as Sylar.

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Quinto was then cast as the iconic Mr. Spock in J.J. Abrams’ reboot of the cult franchise, Star Trek (2009). Fanboys and girls were skeptical at first, insisting that no one could possibly match the legendary Leonard Nimoy, but they breathed a sigh of relief as Zach’s version of Spock surpassed everyone’s expectations. Quinto and Nimoy soon became fast friends, with Nimoy becoming an odd sort of father-figure for Quinto. They can be seen together in a hilarious youtube video entitled “The Challenge.” Zachary proved himself to be a great character actor, and he really stepped into the role of Spock, making sacrifices as he shaved his eyebrows and donned the “Vulcan bangs” for several months during filming.

Photo: Quinto Vs. Nimoy.

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Not long after, Heroes was cancelled following its fourth season, and Quinto took on a few other projects, co-producing and starring in the oscar-nominated thriller Margin Call (2011) and a quick stint in rom-com What’s Your Number? (2011) before landing a role in the critically-acclaimed American Horror Story (2011-). Zachary went on to win a Critics’ Choice Award for his role as Dr. Thredson in the shows second season.

Quinto recently reprised his role as Mr. Spock in J.J. Abrams’ sequel and box-office hit, Star Trek Into Darkness (2013). Being an avid Star Trek fan, I saw the film twice in cinema (I wish I had seen it several more times, but it was getting a tad expensive) and Quinto’s performance as Spock proved to be as phenomenal as always. You can check out a short clip from the movie here.

Photo: A real-life bromance – Zachary and his Star Trek co-star, Chris Pine. (Captain James T. Kirk)

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I could rant on for hours about how much I love Quinto, but I’ll stop there. Despite the small(ish) amount of things Zach has appeared in, he definitely makes my “Top Ten Actors” list. I recommend that you check out some of his films or TV shows, as he won’t fail to surprise you with his ability to take on a variety of roles.

Quotable Quinto: “What scares me? Oh, now that’s a big question. I don’t know what scares me – cockroaches, nuclear apocalypse. Fear is an interesting thing. It has a place in all of our lives. I try to be as fearless as possible. I don’t always succeed, but I like to think I try.” — ZQ

A few extra facts:

-Quinto has also teamed up with two of his friends to create their own media company, Before the Door. They recently released a comedic short film entitled Breakup at a Wedding.

-Zachary is the only person in history to appear on the cover of EW two weeks in a row.

-He plays the Banjo. Have some Instagram proof. Apparently he brings it with him on set sometimes.

-As of 2012, Quinto has confirmed he is in a relationship with Glee actor Jonathan Groff. He has (reportedly) previously dated actors Colton Haynes (Teen Wolf, Arrow) and Jesse Tyler Ferguson (Modern Family).

Zachary is also a pet-lover, with 2 dogs – Noah & Skunk (and a cat named Harold):Image

Okay I’m done.

Live long and prosper,

Lauren 🙂

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