Zachary Quinto did Reddit's AMA today. He answered a bunch of questions. He didn't diss fan fiction. Much snark ensued.
Hi reddit. Zachary Quinto from STAR TREK, HEROES, and AMERICAN HORROR STORY here. Right now, I’m acting on Broadway in The Glass Menagerie. I also just Executive Produced the film BANSHEE CHAPTER (I'd encourage you to learn more about it here): http://trailers.apple.com/trailers/independent/bansheechapter/
Hello! Have loved your work since Heroes. What's your favorite book?
ZQ: i still think about FREEDOM all the time.
You seem to really enjoy working in the theater. Do you find that difficult to balance with other acting and producing obligations?
ZQ: i really respond to the consistency of a theatre schedule. there's much more structure in that scenario so it is easier to also channel energy elsewhere when i have to.
Thanks for the AMA Mr. Quinto!
•How did/do you channel your inner Spock for the role?
• I swear to God I've seen you in my Grade 9 Health textbook in Georgia. Did you do any kind of child modelling for textbooks?
Edit: also, how is working with JJ Abrams?
ZQ: i had an extensive health book modeling career as a child. thank you for recognizing my early work.
I’m a huge fan and so excited about this AMA. Thank you so much for doing this!
As a word nerd, your vocab competition with Chris Pine during the Trek press tour was so entertaining. Do you have a favorite word?
If not, can you share a different favorite with us (favorite movie, favorite ice cream flavor, favorite song...)?
ZQ: my favorite word is brouhaha.
Hello Zachary :) What do you do for getting out of feeling gloom??
ZQ: i take a walk in the city. listen to music. hang with my dogs. see friends.
What is your go-to comfort movie?
Good afternoon, Zach! I'm a fellow ZQCer who saw you during the Winter Storm Nemo/Glass Menagerie Spectacular. ;-)
If you could rate the scare factor for The Banshee Chapter from 1 to 10 (or momentary heebie-jeebies to sleeping with the light on for the next month), what would it be?
ZQ: banshee chapter works so well because it has scares on all levels. the jumps that take you by complete surprise - and the slow build anxiety of suspense. plus the element of historical truth and it plays on a lot of different aspects of the genre. you may be able to sleep in the dark - but i'd keep a flashlight under your pillow.
First of all, let me say this: You have the most aesthetically pleasing eyebrows in the world!
Here is my question: If you hadn’t gone into the entertainment business, do you feel there would be any other profession you could be just as passionate about?
ZQ: i would probably be a shrink. i love psychology and feel like i would likely find some expression or another of it in my vocation if not acting.
Zachary, you are so gorgeous. Will you go out with me?
ZQ: send photo.
Hi Zachary! So far, Before the Door projects are quite varied in genre. How do you and your partners decide which projects to tackle?
ZQ: some combination of social relevance and/or innovative storytelling along with supporting emerging voices and engaging an audience rather than taking them for granted.
How much is neutron cream?
ZQ: $7.49 at wallgreens.
Can you tell us something about this new movie, Banshee Chapter, what is it about? Are you just producing it or are you also in it?
ZQ: i'm not in this one. it stars the phenomenal katia winter and the fearless ted levine. also true blood alum - and my friend from carnegie mellon michael mcmillian - is fantastic in the film as well. blair erickson uses innovative 3d technology to great effect and the result is both startling haunting and eerie throughout.
Do you even English?
ZQ: yes i do english. do you?
How itchy are the spock ears?
ZQ: not as itchy as the balls.
Hi Zach! Can you tell us more about the upcoming movie "We'll Never Have Paris"?
ZQ: had such a great time working on it. written and directed by simon helberg and his wife jocelyn towne - it's a really lovely and funny story that relates to their lives together and i am so excited to see it come together.
Will Banshee Chapter be released on DVD?Would you rather fight 1 horse sized duck or 100 duck sized horses? Give a short description on the outcome of the fight.
ZQ: i think i have to go one horse sized duck. a hundred duck-sized horses would shit everywhere and then take you out at the shins so you slip on it and fall and then they can trample you to smithereens.
What time you waked up this morning?
ZQ: i woke around 11. didn't sleep well last night.
You still scare me ever since you played Sylar on Heroes.
ZQ: don't be afraid.
Will you get married soon?
ZQ: send photo.
Will you come to my birthday party?
ZQ: send photo.
Can you send me an Xbox One?
ZQ: send photo.
I'd like to thank you for officially 'coming out' when you did, I won upwards of $3,000 in my department's annual contest because of it. It's pretty much the only time I give two shits if somebody is gay or not, because it can earn me a lot of money. Next time you're in Seattle, drinks on me
ZQ: your department has an annual contest about gay celebrities?! do you work at sephora?
have you stolen anything else from chris pine besides his shoes omg
ZQ: they weren't his.
How hot is Hayden Panettiere in real life?
ZQ: as blazes.
If you had to live in a country in Europe, which one would you choose?
ZQ: i'd live in berlin.
Is an honor to say HI! To a great person and actor :D
ZQ: very nice. thank you.
When did realize that you were gay?
ZQ: i was 9.
can you speak Italian?
ZQ: nope. sadly.
Are you planning on doing any more broadway shows after The glass Menagerie??
Who has been the nicest person to work with. P.s You are an incredible actor, im 18 soon it would make my year if you replyed.
ZQ: i am lucky to have worked with almost exclusively nice people... crazy i know. but true. thank you. happy almost 18th birthday.
Thanks for doing this. What is one thing that will always brighten your day?
ZQ: my dogs.
What question would you like to be asked?
ZQ: this one.
Hey Zachary! Thanks for the AMA. I'm a huge fan of your work on Asylum and So NoTORIous! I was wondering if you could give any advice to a young and struggling actor. Thanks!
ZQ: shout out to SoNo... nice. perseverance and specificity. know who you are and if you don't - then figure it out. know what you're capable of. then know what you want.
Did you enjoy your Kyoto trip?
ZQ: i had an incredible time there. a beautiful and spiritual place. a lot got stirred up. most grateful.
Can you send your love to fans in Asia who stay up till 3am (or worse) to join this chat?
ZQ: THANKS FANS IN ASIA!!!
Very excited for Banshee Chapter. What made you take interest in this film?
ZQ: we really responded to blair's script and his ideas for bringing the film to life. the 3d element interested us because it was an innovative kind of technology. and it fell in line with my genre fan base in a way that made sense for before the door.
Hmm President Obama or vice President Biden. Who do you think gives the best hugs?
ZQ: biden for sure.
Are you afraid of capital letters?
Style Blog? Are you done with that?
ZQ: that one never really got off the ground for me sadly. apparently i'm no good with a deadline.
wings or fins?
What is the best trick that Noah knows?
what will you do after this faqs
ZQ: i'm going to present at gypsy of the year for this year's broadway cares/equity fights aids fall collection drive. so actually i have to run to catch the train. have a good day!
UPDATE: thanks for your time everyone. have to run to broadway cares. but glad we got to chat. thanks for your questions. we'll do it again sometime. go check out BANSHEE CHAPTER on VOD THIS THURSDAY 12/12.
SOURCE: AMA, ZQ's Twitter