October 17, 2011

Impossibly Handsome Zachary Quinto: Role Model, Great Guy

Actor Zachary Quinto is an authentic movie star.

Zachary Quinto, the impossibly handsome actor, model, and producer, publicly “came out” this past weekend. He wrote a blog entry entitled “10.16.11. nyc...” where he explained the reasons for publicly acknowledging his sexuality. Quinto starred in the 2009 film Star Trek as young Spock, was the villain Sylar on NBC’s Heroes, and spent a season playing Adam Kaufman on 24, and and also was Sasan, the camp and haughty gay best-friend of Tori Spelling on So NoTORious which aired on VH1.

In New York magazine, Quinto referenced his critically acclaimed performance in Tony Kushner’s Angels in America.
“Doing that play made me realize how lucky I was to be born when I was born and to not have to witness the decimation of an entire generation of amazingly talented and otherwise vital men.”
Not only is Quinto impossibly handsome, but he’s bright, and is making his debut as an independent film producer - his movie Margin Call is being released shortly. Benjamin Wallace interviewed Zachary for New York magazine.
I find that communication as an actor and person is an important part of who I am … and I’m really drawn into the psychology of those dynamics.”
For one thing, he’s willing to unambiguously talk about his sexual orientation. His eight-month role in Angels was both “the most challenging thing I’ve ever done as an actor and the most rewarding” he says. Having to inhabit that terrible lost world, if only in his mind, took a toll. “And at the same time, as a gay man, it made me feel like there’s still so much work to be done, and there’s still so many things that need to be looked at and addressed.”
I like Zachary Quinto. While there has been a lot of speculation about Zachary and his sexuality over the years, I have to applaud his decision to publicly acknowledge that he’s a gay man. He’s really an authentic movie star in my book.

Here’s what Zachary wrote on his blog. I’m resisting my OCD - and not correcting grammar, and presenting the material in a more reader friendly fashion, because the message is sincere and very clear.
when i found out that jamey rodemeyer killed himself - i felt deeply troubled.  but when i found out that jamey rodemeyer had made an it gets better video only months before taking his own life - i felt indescribable despair.  i also made an it gets better video last year - in the wake of the senseless and tragic gay teen suicides that were sweeping the nation at the time.  but in light of jamey’s death - it became clear to me in an instant that living a gay life without publicly acknowledging it - is simply not enough to make any significant contribution to the immense work that lies ahead on the road to complete equality.  our society needs to recognize the unstoppable momentum toward unequivocal civil equality for every gay lesbian bisexual and transgendered citizen of this country.  gay kids need to stop killing themselves because they are made to feel worthless by cruel and relentless bullying.  parents need to teach their children principles of respect and acceptance.  we are witnessing an enormous shift of collective consciousness throughout the world.  we are at the precipice of great transformation within our culture and government.  i believe in the power of intention to change the landscape of our society - and it is my intention to live an authentic life of compassion and integrity and action.  jamey rodemeyer’s life changed mine.  and while his death only makes me wish that i had done this sooner - i am eternally grateful to him for being the catalyst for change within me.  now i can only hope to serve as the same catalyst for even one other person in this world.  that - i believe - is all that we can ask of ourselves and of each other.
zq.
Actor, model, producer AND activist. That’s who Zachary Quinto is today.

Zachary Quinto is young Spock and he's "out"


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