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,
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.