Quinto Thought About Quitting Showbiz Before Sylar, SpockBy Michelle
October 16, 2007 - 10:37 PM
Zachary Quinto very nearly quit show business before being cast as Heroes' Sylar and then the new Spock in J.J. Abrams' Star Trek.
"I was in the depths of despair to the point where I couldn't get out of bed...I was dealing with career obstacles that were profound," Quinto told TV Guide. "I was asking myself, 'What's the point of all this? Why am I even in the game anymore?'"
At present, admitted Quinto, his career feels "very dreamlike, though Trek is feeling less so as it draws nearer...I just had my first fitting for my Vulcan ears. It felt incredible, and in that moment there was a huge shift for me. Suddenly it was real, and I was like, 'OK! Let's get this thing going!'"
Though he does not describe himself as a Trekkie, Quinto added, "From the day I found out they were making the Star Trek movie, I said, 'I want to be Spock,' and I started talking about it to everybody — to my friends, my agents, reporters who interviewed me. I put my intentions out there clearly and the universe responded." He said that he had avoided internet talk about the movie, so he did not know whether fans were griping about plot rumours, but he said he appreciated the cast members announced thus far and added, "The film is being made with the longtime fans in mind, but it will also be of its own time and have a distinct voice and perspective."
As for Heroes, Quinto spoke enthusiastically about "the Sarmy — or Sylar's Army", who admire his character and have coined the slogan, "'Every villain needs a legion of evil supporters.'" He finds it ironic that "they do great charity work. It's never bad to have an army."
The full interview is at TV Guide.