Observer writer Brandon Katz recently talked to Zachary Quinto about his upcoming appearance in a limited Broadway engagement of The Boys in the Band (also starring Andrew Rannells, Matt Bomer, and Jim Parsons).
- Quinto's first love is theater. Says it has a "devotional quality."
- Discusses differences between theater, film, and TV experiences: "Theater is the only place that the actor is ultimately responsible for the audience’s experience."
- Says the play shows "how far we’ve come and how far we have to go in terms of acceptance for the LGBT community but also acceptance within the community and acceptance of ourselves. ...Loving ourselves as human beings is not easier in the 50 years since the play was originally produced."
- Mentions how notable examples of LGBT representation such as Moonlight, Call Me by Your Name and Love, Simon all feature straight actors playing gay roles. Every actor in The Boys in the Band is an out and successful gay man, as are the director (Joe Mantello) and producers (David Stone, Ryan Murphy).
- Gay actors should get the opportunity to play straight characters, but being able to lean into his sexuality to create a character is exciting.
- Talks about different directors he's worked with (Tony Kushner, J.J. Abrams, Ryan Murphy).
- Hates cilantro for genetic reasons. (mte Zach)
- Fictional character of choice for a dinner date: "Queen Elizabeth as portrayed by Cate Blanchett, just so I could have dinner with Cate Blanchett."
Do you hate cilantro and straight actors playing gay, ONTD?