Zachary Quinto: I have no gay role model

Zachary Quinto

Zachary Quinto

Hollywood star Zachary Quinto has claimed there's a lack of role models for gay actors in the film industry.

Zachary Quinto feels like he occupies a "unique space" as a gay actor.

The 38-year-old star - who's best known for his roles as Sylar on the sci-fi drama series 'Heroes', and Spock in the rebooted 'Star Trek' - has admitted that as a gay actor, he feels there are very people who can help guide his career.

He said: "For me, personally, it's interesting, because I looked around when I got 'Star Trek', and I said to myself, 'Who could I look to for guidance for how to navigate this path that I'm on?' And there wasn't anybody.

"I look around and say 'OK, yes, there's a lot of gay actors that are open, many more now than there were 10 years ago.' But I still feel like I'm occupying kind of a unique space."

Despite this, Zachary counted fellow actor Leonard Nimoy - who previously starred as Spock and died, aged 83, earlier this year - among his closest friends in the showbiz industry, saying he considered him to be "like family".

He told the Daily Telegraph newspaper: "I recognised a lot of qualities in him that I aspired to and I found him incredibly generous and intelligent and compassionate and funny."


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