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The Private Quinto

Posted by T'Bonz - 21/10/11 at 01:10 pm


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While playing Spock on Star Trek XI and Sylar in Heroes made Zachary Quinto more visible, the actor is still very much a private person.

Some actors don’t mind unexpected publicity, but Quinto is not one of them. “…It’s like our culture is so rooted in voyeuristic obsession and the exposure of people’s lives in order to feel validated,” he said. “It’s terribly empty and sad. It leaves me with a diminished faith in humanity.”

Quinto once walked out on an interview for New York Magazine when the interviewer asked too many personal questions.

So if Quinto ends up breaking up a street fight as did Ryan Gosling (Half Nelson) a while back as reported by TMZ, he would prefer that the news of his involvement not get out. “I’ll step in and do my part,” he said. “I just don’t want to have it recorded. That’s the weird part, you know?”

Source: Details

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  • SpockTheCelibate

    This post seems like gossip TMZ style for clicks then anything meaningful about Star Trek.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_NHC3OFBCSE3LWZ4G2ZENZAPR6I Mike DeLaney

    Sounds a little like Captain Renault being surprised there’s gambling in the casino… He doesn’t want people in his private life, but releases a press statement about who he has sex with? Really? Come on, now.

  • Milojthatch

    First, what does this have to do with “Star Trek?” Second, I want to say I fully agree with him on this and give him a standing ovation for saying it. But it is hard to take this from the same guy who recently made it everyone’s business what his sexual preferences are. Mr. Quinto, where was your need of privacy then?

  • Mata

    Erm, guys, he didn’t release a ‘press statement’, he casually mentioned it in an interview and simply later explained his decision in a blog entry. Media made the big buzz, not the man himself, but I suppose that’s what you did – read the gossip, not the actual thing. ;)

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_NHC3OFBCSE3LWZ4G2ZENZAPR6I Mike DeLaney

    Is that a joke? He CASUALLY mentioned it?

    “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.”

    That was a casual mention? Hardly. He decided to come out, make a social and political statement about his personal sexuality. Period. This was a statement as much as anything. Just because a reporter asked the question doesn’t mean he didn’t answer it in a way that was intended to make headlines. Afterall, if he didn’t intend to make headlines, what was his point? In the quotation above he specifically says, “living a gay life without publicly acknowledging it is simply not enough to make a significant contribution…” So, if he said this in an interview and it wasn’t published, would his mission be accomplished? Would he be publicly acknowledging his sexuality, which, apparently, MUST be acknowledged now for some reason? But at the same time he wants to be private? Which is it?

  • Mata

    That’s still not a press statement, you’re quoting his personal blog, and for me – call me naive – that’s different. In the actual interview he said
    “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.”
    That was his way of coming out. He acknowledged it – he did not wave his arms around going ‘Look at me, look at me!’.
    But to the point: Stating that he’s gay to actually being able to help bullied teens with being a role model and flaunting his personal life is two different pair of shoes. Nowhere does he mention WHO he sleeps with, he’s simply interested in men, pretty wide range of possible sexual partners if you ask me.
    To me it’s just like any actor taking his wife to a premiere and getting photographed or mentioning being married in an interview. No one would say ‘Oh, that’s not a very private person, is he now?’.
    Granted, no one would make a media fuss about THAT, but that’s what’s wrong with the world, not Zachary Quinto.

  • Mmwantinganaffair

    You don’t “come out of the closet” and expect to keep your private life private anymore no matter what media you use to announce it.

  • Crollinsphoto

    i wonder how Zoe Saldana feels now that she has kissed him in the last movie, now knowing what other things have been in that mouth of his.

  • Mata

    There’s a difference between wanting to keep it private and being able to keep it private, I’d say.

  • Mata

    Classy. QoH.

  • Guest

    “Yes, I hate when I’m blogging about my sexuality or doing an interview for Details or NY magazine and it somehow causes all those people pay attention to me. It’s like they are so rooted in voyeuristic obsession and the exposure of people’s lives in order to feel validated. It’s terribly empty and sad. It leaves me with a diminished faith in humanity. I’m glad I used this magazine interview to talk about that. What, do they think I *want* publicity or something? By the way, see my new movie.”

  • PointyEar

    Being Spock and coming out, Quinto is a hero to the gay community and could walk into any gay bar, get VIP, and walked out with several Klingons.

    He will use his Spock platform for gay rights, just Ian McKellan did for Lord of the Rings. Ian McKellan (Gandalf) at the New Zealand premiere in front of many young kids waiting to see Gandalf, spoke about how hot the New Zealand men and how many ass he had.

  • Quintoed

    The dude will have the pick of the litter in Hollywood ass.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_NHC3OFBCSE3LWZ4G2ZENZAPR6I Mike DeLaney

    “call me naive – that’s different.” Really? Okay, you’re naive.

    You previously state that his comments were merely a response to an interviewer’s question. Now, you’re suggesting that the above comment was from his blog. Okay, which is it? Was he merely responding to a question, or did he put out that statement?

    But because it’s on his blog it’s not a press statement? Then what is it? Just a personal little comment to his closest friends? If that’s true, then what was the point? Obviously, he wanted people to know he’s gay. That was the point.

    By knowing he’s gay he thinks he can help kids that are gay accept themselves and get through the bullying or whatnot. Fine. That’s the way he wants to go about it. But in the same breath you can’t then demand privacy. Once you start talking about who you’re sleeping with in any way, whether it’s specific or generalized, you’ve opened a door. When his standard response was to say he was private about his personal life and wouldn’t address rumors or whatnot in any way… yeah, then he had a claim to a semblance of a private life. Now, he does not… and it’s not because I chose that for him, it’s because he chose that for himself. He chose to tell people he is gay, and he chose to say that it was basically an imperative for him to not only release said information, but to make sure people knew it… otherwise, there was no point. But don’t try this bs of saying he has opened his private life to scrutiny…

  • Mmwantinganaffair

    If he wanted to keep it private he should have stayed quiet and not released any info whatsoever. He has been in Hollywood enough to know once something has been released whether thru a personal blog or text message from phone, in mins. it is world wide.

  • Mmwantinganaffair

    Yeah, sad to say it will all be men. I pray he doesn’t already have HIV and passing it around. It can lay dormant in your body for up to 13 years, medical fact so if he has it or one of his co-horts have it, look at the people it can be passed around to in up to 13 years.

  • Crollinsphoto

    I love it when posts are censored or deleted by the moderator. Now that shows a total lack of tolerance that they all preach about and total lack of freedom of speech. If you read these posts, only the ones that really come out against homosexuality are removed or censored, the ones promoting that lifestyle are left alone and intact. Kinda shows where the moderator stands doesn’t it? A total lack of the tolerance they preach. So typical in that circle of belief.

  • Johannes

    Heavens forfend someone use publicity and celebrity stature to advocate a cause.

  • Skeeter

    Jealous much?

  • Delaney

    You don’t post online as “marriedmanwantinganaffair” and expect to be ignored as a trolling, drooling, horny, immoral idiot.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_NHC3OFBCSE3LWZ4G2ZENZAPR6I Mike DeLaney

    If that’s your name, chum, then feel free to use it. Otherwise, if Delaney isn’t your name, move along, friend.

  • TBonz

    We post stories about Star Trek and the actors/actresses and those associated with Star Trek. This can include details of their personal lives if deemed newsworthy, or details of other projects on which they are involved.

  • TBonz

    Oops, didn’t mean to hit that button. Still figuring out the system. Meant to REPLY.

    Quinto is very private, but he was shook up enough by that kid’s suicide to come out, feeling that it might help someone else who is in despair.

    I’m not gay, but I can comprehend why he did that. His action, as Spock would say, is logical.

  • TBonz

    As I’ve said elsewhere, we post on Star Trek news (shows, movies, production) plus on those associated with Star Trek (their lives, other projects, etc.)

  • TBonz

    Well generally Quinto is very private, but in this case, the suicide made him decide that he needed to override that in this case, in hopes of helping others in the same situation as the young boy (gay and bullied).

  • TBonz

    Why not? Disclosing his sexual orientation does not require that from this day forward, that he reveals everything about his private life.

  • TBonz

    Let’s not post this kind of thing, OK? It’s unnecessary.

  • Jas Friedman

    “faith in humanity” is a Star-Trek like motto, is it not?
    Also, it is nobody’s business who you have intimate relations with, but reading the news lately… lots of young gay people are bullied. Not many gay role models are out there. Quinto came out because of what happened recently and hopes for a relatively private life.

  • Jas Friedman

    Did he say who he has sex with? Name of person, please.