Zachary Quinto covers the October issue of Out, and inside the actor and producer discusses his decision to come out in a New York profile and his desire to tackle the iconic role of Hedwig in Hedwig and the Angry Inch.
When asked about what motivated him to come out, the actor says; “I needed it to happen. Otherwise, I couldn’t move forward authentically. Ultimately, I think the only thing that really drives me in life, continually, is a pursuit of authenticity of experience — of myself.”
“One of the defining conversations that I had with myself was that absolutely no good can come from me staying quiet about [my sexuality],” he says. “Literally, no good can come from it. But if I take the step to make the acknowledgment and be honest, so much good could potentially come from it.”
Then there is the actor’s desire to play Hedwig. After portraying the stoic Spock, it should not come as a huge surprise, but as the magazine points out it is a very queer role, something many gay actors may want to avoid.
“I love that about it — it spoke to that part of me, that queer part of me that doesn’t always have the chance to express or reveal itself,” explains Quinto. “That’s what excites me as an artist.”
Out is on newsstands now.