Zachary Quinto: “I Feel Happier Now Than I Ever Really Have Been”

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Zachary Quinto last night at the Fox TCA party (photo: Getty Images)

Whether he’s scaring the hell out of us on American Horror Story, making the iconic character of Spock his own in the Star Trek franchise, or preparing to wow us again next month in the Broadway revival of Tennessee Williams’ The Glass Menagerie with Tony winner Cherry Jones , Zachary Quinto definitely has our attention.

Last night at the Fox TCA party at West Hollywood’s SoHo House, we grabbed a few quick minutes with Quinto and while we didn’t get around to talking about his recent break-up with Jonathan Groff, the actor was upbeat and positive about his upcoming acting projects and his career as a whole.

While it would be wonderful if he was part of the upcoming American Horror Story: Coven on FX this October, which is currently filming in New Orleans with returning stars Jessica Lange and Sarah Paulson as well as new talent in Kathy Bates and Angela Bassett, he has bad news: “I’m, as of now, not in the new season of the show,” Quinto said. “I haven’t had any conversations with Ryan about it. I’m doing a play on Broadway in the fall so we’ll see if he has a place for me or if he wants me back I’m sure I’ll get a phone call but as of now we haven’t had that conversation.” Quinto also confirmed that he’s not a part of Ryan Murphy’s upcoming film adaptation of The Normal Heart.

While the actor seems to effortlessly move between genres and types of characters, he explained what kind of role makes him say yes. “All complex characters or characters that have a lot of dimensions and a lot of diversity within themselves” he told us. “There tends to be some kind of inner conflict in the characters that I play to some degree or another which I feel drawn to, I guess, as a Gemini somehow. I’m just attracted to good material that I can really connect with and director and writers and ensembles that I can really relate to and immerse myself in and trust.”

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Brian J. Smith and Quinto will reprise their Glass Menagerie roles next month.

In case you hadn’t noticed, Quinto isn’t only working in front of the camera or onstage but is also in the producer’s chair with his production company, Before The Door Pictures, which produced the critically acclaimed film Margin Call and the upcoming All Is Lost, written and directed by J.C. Chandor and starring Robert Redford.

With the production company, Quinto explained, “I’m able to cultivate projects for myself and be a producer as well so I feel like I have a lot of opportunism that I’m trying to make the most of and so far so good.”

Asked if, with his breakneck schedule making films, television and appearing on stage, he’s had any time to reflect on where his career has boldly gone, he nodded and said, “I think about it all the time. I feel so grateful for the last six years of my life have been so fulfilling and I’ve accomplished so many of the things that I set out to accomplish and then some so I feel really, really blessed and try to just move forward with a sense of gratitude all the time and never taking anything for granted but acknowledging that I’m really fortunate and that I also work really hard so I feel like it’s combination of things that came together at this point. I’m happy to be here.”

And while he was talking about his thriving career, when Quinto said, “I feel happier now than I’ve really ever been so I think that’s a good indicator of something,” it’s hard not to perhaps read more into that statement.

Tennessee Williams’ The Glass Menagerie begins previews September 5th at the Booth Theatre in New York City. All Is Lost opens in theaters October 18th.

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