Zachary Quinto Was the Only Person Who Auditioned for the Role of Spock
Here’s what the 38-year-old Star Trek actor had to share with the mag:
On the late Leonard Nimoy choosing him for the role of Spock: “I mean director JJ Abrams was a little concerned, obviously, with honoring the history of the franchise, and because Leonard was involved in the first movie, he participated in the process. To my knowledge, I was the only person who auditioned for the role… It was something where he saw some of my work and thought that I was a good pick. Then we met, and our relationship took on a life of its own and we became close. I became close with his wife and his family.”
On Leonard’s death: “Losing him has been really hard, but also in a way beautiful. To be with someone, to experience someone at the end of his life, and to have that life be so well lived and fulfilled, he really left this earth just surrounded by love. I’m not afraid of exploring stuff like death and what life adds up to in the end, so he was a shining example of how to do it right. I feel now like my connection with him is just on a deeper level. It’s much more spiritual. I have felt very embraced by fans, and people seem to be on board with what I’m bringing to the role.”
On using his celebrity status proactively: “The more you get out there and the more you get co-opted into different things, if you’re just kind of willy-nilly, it can dilute the power of the platform we have as celebrities. So I wanted to hone that and be more specific [his work with the Trevor Project and the Direct Relief organization]. Being able to do that has been a really nice aspect of my career.”
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