Actor Zachary Quinto says his American Horror Story gay ghost character is similar to previous roles.

Quinto, who is best known for playing a young Spock in the 2009 J.J. Abrams-directed Star Trek reboot, made headlines on Sunday with the announcement that he's gay. The 34-year-old Quinto later revealed that he was inspired to come out by Jamey Rodemeyer, the 14-year-old Buffalo-area student who committed suicide last month after being bullied for coming out gay.

Quinto will play, in at least four American Horror Story episodes, Chad, the gay former owner of the house at the center of the drama. His character first appears during a two-part Halloween episode.

“I play a gay ghost,” Quinto told Reuters. “It's basically my [gay] character on [the former VH1 series] So NoTORIous and my character from Heroes mixed into one.”

When asked, “Do you think playing gay roles could typecast you?” Quinto answered: “No, I don't think so. I've played gay characters before. I've played straight characters before. It hasn't shaped my relationship to my work and they've all been interesting characters.”

Quinto added that the Star Trek sequel begins shooting in mid-January.

Margin Call, Quinto's latest film, arrives in theaters on Friday.