Quinto Joins Ranks Of Big-Name ActorsBy Christian
October 31, 2007 - 11:28 AM
New Star Trek actor Zachary Quinto (Spock) has left his old talent agency to UTA, the Hollywood powerhouse that also represents stars such as Ben Stiller, Harrison Ford and Sarah Michelle Gellar.
Since the start of his career, Quinto had been represented by the small company SMS Talent, but after becoming famous through his role in Heroes and his casting in Star Trek, he sparked the interest of several major talent agencies. Today's edition of the Hollywood Reporter noted Quinto took meetings with several agencies, but UTA finally won out because they've been trying to sign Quinto for the past two years now.
"Their interest and support of my work had been so strong, that it factored heavily into my decision," Quinto told the trade paper. "I found them to be the most excited, enthusiastic and consistent in their pursuit."
In their article on Quinto's switch, the Hollywood Reporter revealed that initially, Star Trek director J.J. Abrams wasn't as enthusiastic about the actor as he would later come to be. Quinto read for the role of Spock with the film's casting director, but then was told that after seeing his tape, Abrams "wasn't convinced" he was right for the part and would be looking at other actors. A few weeks later, Quinto met Abrams in-person, which led to the director changing his mind and making Quinto the first actor to be cast in the film.
For the original article from the Hollywood Reporter, please follow this link.