Zachary Quinto: I’ve ‘only worked more’ as an actor since coming out as gay

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Openly gay actor Zachary Quinto has revealed that he has “only worked more” since he came out as gay.

Speaking to Jonathan Ross, in an interview which will air this evening, Quinto, who stars as Spock in the upcoming Star Trek film ‘Into Darkness’, says he is glad to have opened up about being gay, and that he thinks it had positively affected his career.

He said: “I haven’t stopped working, I’ve only worked more since I came out.”

The 35-year-old star, who came out in 2011, said he felt like he had to, following a number of teenage suicides in the US, and after he finished performing in Angels in America, which is set in New York City during the AIDS epidemic.

“I just felt like it was a convergence for me where I was in a position, and am in a position, for young people to look at the experience that I’ve had, to look at the opportunities that have been presented to me and to recognise in themselves that there is no limitation and that we live in a time where the tide is changing.

“For me I felt like it was the right time and the right way.” He continues to say that because of the amount of work he has been offered, he would not consider working with anyone who has a problem with him being gay.

“If people don’t want to work with me because of my sexual orientation, then I have no interest in working with them to begin with. It doesn’t really put me in a position where I feel like I’m limited.”

Quinto came out as gay in October 2011 to “an overwhelming wave of support,” in an interview with New York magazine and wrote a blog post explaining his decision.

Before making his decision to come out, Mr Quinto had been actively working with the Trevor Project, the It Gets Better initiative, and other pro-equality charities, but he said he felt that coming out had enhanced his work with these groups.

After coming out, Quinto wrote on his blog that the suicide of gay 14-year-old Jamey Rodemeyer had spurred him to be open, and on coming out, he said: “I had been thinking about it all the time for a while, just sort of peripherally.”