ZACHARY QUINTO STOPS BY THE STERN SHOW
Movie, TV and stage star Zachary Quinto stopped by this morning. He talked to Howard about Star Trek, Heroes, and coming out of the closet while maintaining a Hollywood career.
Here are some highlights from Zachary's interview:
ZACH'S EARLY YEARS
Zachary was born in Pittsburgh and had a difficult upbringing. His dad, a photographer/barber died of kidney cancer when he was seven, and his older brother assumed the role of father figure. Zachary admits that experiencing death at an early age shaped him as a person, but he doesn't necessarily think that's a bad thing.
Zachary got into a nasty car accident when he was sixteen, totaling the car, but leaving him basically unharmed. He admitted that he was being an "asshole" and driving recklessly. It was the first time he had driven alone, and his mother sat him down for a long "you've got to get it together" talk.
a vulcan hero
Howard and Robin both loved Zachary's show "Heroes" initially, but felt it really lost its way beginning in season two. Zachary seemed to agree, saying the writer's strike really had a negative effect on the show. He was frustrated by the lack of direction. "My character died I don't know how many times in seasons three and four." The silver lining was that the seven month strike freed him up to do the first Star Trek film without missing any episodes.
Being cast in Star Trek was easy for Zachary. He sent in an audition tape and JJ Abrams liked him. Being completely unproven in the arena of movies didn't help him money-wise however, and he admitted to making less than $1 million for the blockbuster movie. Unfortunately, they also had him signed to a three picture deal, so all he got for the subsequent movies was a bump, not a renegotiated contract.
The casting, acting and camaraderie may have come easy, but one thing was difficult to tackle: the Vulcan hand sign. Zachary had such trouble making the iconic V-shape greeting that he'd use rubber bands to hold his fingers in place as practice. Eventually he got it down. (Otherwise he'd be run out of any Star Trek convention).
JJ Abrams and certified geeks Ralph Cirella and Jon Hein all can 'Vulcan'
At the height of his fame (so far), Zachary decided to come out of the closet publicly as a gay man – with little fanfare. He was finishing up promotion for his movie "Margin Call" and, during a profile for New York Magazine, referred to himself as a gay man twice. That was it. The press picked it up, but there was no "I'm gay!" covers or tearful interviews. Howard truly admired the move, and his career certainly hasn't suffered for it.
The one area where his father's death may have had a negative effect is in his romantic relationships. Howard read off a list of men he was rumored to have "boned" but none of them turned out to be real conquests. Zachary admitted that he may have a fear of people leaving him, so he has a tendency to end things before they get rocky.
He's in therapy and Howard theorized that it must be easier because Zachary doesn't have any "p*ssy headache," but concluded that he probably has a whole other problem: "c*ck headache."
NOTHING WRONG WITH GETTING HIGH
It's a shame that Zachary is gay, because he really seemed to hit it off with Robin. The two bonded over a shared love of jet-setting to Peru and drinking the hallucinogenic tea Ayahuasca (then sh*tting and vomiting for hours). If you remember, Robin discovered that "Your life is YOUR life." Zachary also smokes marijuana, and announced that his leg was bothering him so he could get a legal prescription.
Check out Zachary's new film "Banshee Chapter".