Although he’s playing a good guy in Star Trek into Darkness, Quinto admits that he has a dark side.
Acting permits the actor to “tap into” that dark side without real life consequences.
“Everyone has one,” said Quinto. “It is just a matter of how you keep in touch with that dark side and tap into it. Most people never really get in touch with it but it exists in everybody. Fortunately, my work has allowed me to keep that in balance. I have been able to play characters which have given me the opportunity to live deeper and darker. It has given me a safe environment to explore it.”
The actor likes playing many different roles, though, as long as they are good roles. “I am now in that place where I am responsible for myself,” he said. “I am looking for things that are different, that are interesting, have diversity and a range of expressions. The only thing I want is for it to be good.”