I love his handwriting. Especially the barred “Z”. The ‘x.’ is sweet, too.
Zachary Quinto is participating in Autism Speaks “Sound Off For Autism”. This breaks my heart- clearly he has not really looked under the hood of this so-called non-profit.
Had he done so, he’d realize that supporting Autism Speaks is the equivalent of a gay person supporting the late “Exodus International”, which claimed to ‘cure’ gay people.
Autism Speaks has no one with autism on their board, and treats autism like a dread disease, constantly passing around the hat for more ‘research’ for a ‘cure’. It’s the 800 pound gorilla hogging all the attention and sucking up all the money.
This charity is asking for $300 for various famous people- ZQ included- to create a message for your answering machine. Instead of doing that, consider donating that money to a more deserving group, like the Autistic Self Advocacy Network.
I am heartbroken that Zach, normally a compassionate and humane man, has been suckered (along with other celebs like Jim Parsons and Michael Dinklage) into supporting a charity which seeks to silence the very people it claims to support.
An actor in ‘The Glass Menagerie’ finds inspiration in a visit to the playwright Tennessee Williams’s last home.
"Leonard and I have become very very close since the first film. He’s become a really powerful influence in my life, and a great friend and mentor. It was an extension of our friendship that he got to come back."
I love these two.
It saddens me that there is a certain small, but very vocal subset of fans who is hell-bent on harshing the lovely mellow vibe that Zachary Quinto brought to Toronto’s Fan Expo yesterday. He was generous with his time and the answers to some great questions- including some cringe-makers, but it’s apparent that this noisome fannish minority is only focusing on that, and not on the other wonderful things he talked about and shared there.
Zach does care about his fans, but he’s not a fan himself! He’s made that side of his life abundantly clear, but apparently this message has not yet been driven home for some. Some actors are geeks and fans- like Simon Pegg and Karl Urban, and actually do delve into the substrates of fandom. Pegg and his people have even joked about ‘hand-stitched homoerotica’ and had a good laugh about fanfic- on Twitter! They have a good time with the fans, and enjoy the nuances and subcultures of fandom.
Zach does not, and he has said as much. He has other interests. And what is wrong with that? Nothing! He is generous with his time and his attention when he deals with us. He is kind to everyone who approaches him- even the awkward and inappropriate ones. He actually comes to conventions, even though he has probably answered every question asked at least a bazillion times. Yet there are some who find fault with his answers, his attitude, and even his dress. Geez.
Thing is, even if he’s not sitting by the fireside of fandom, he does get wind of the drifting smoke. He knows what is going on, even if he isn’t directly involved. The blowback from his Irish Film Festival remarks about fanfic clearly got back to him, and he commented on that, even apologizing for being unclear. And now he’ll be hearing about this as well. How do you think he’ll feel about that? And how soon do you think it’ll be before he chooses to come to another fan event and visit with us?
Folks might want to consider that before bashing him for whatever infraction he’s committed against their subgenre. He doesn’t have to interact with us at all, you know (which would create even more noise and fuss if he didn’t!). Let’s treat Zach like we’d treat our own family and friends- like an actual human being with feelings, not some pixels on a screen. He’d appreciate that.
So would I.
I believe that you get back what you put out in the world. I’m a big believer in treating people with compassion and respect and that’s the only way to treat people unless they treat you differently. I believe in striving for authenticity and journeying within to understand myself, and know myself on as many levels as possible. I truly believe that the universe will support you if you’re specific about what you want. I believe in a spiritual interconnectivity … that has been proven to me, based on my own experience, time and time again.
The world offers things that you’re open to, so the more open you are to the world, the more will come your way. Specificity, in terms of what you want in your life, will help yield it more. I believe in living as hard as I work and not taking anything for granted, ever. I try to stay aware of how lucky I am all the time in all that I’m experiencing because it can go like that for any of us.
I once talked to Patrick Stewart about Trekkies coming to see him perform Macbeth on Broadway, and he was just happy that people were in the seats. Do you worry that people may come to the theater looking for Spock instead of Tom?
I don’t have any control over how people see me, I just have control over the work that I do. The good news is that I think all of the people who are fans of me from Star Trek will be exposed to a whole different kind of storytelling. I am certainly grateful for that, I hope they will be too.
I sincerely hope that fans who come see Zach perform in “The Glass Menagerie” will do so because they like the actor, rather than the characters he plays. I like Zach on his own merit- and yes, it was his performance of Spock that initially got my attention. But I want to see him in his element, and he’s said more than once that that element is on the stage.
This is probably the best portrait of Zachary Quinto ever. No, seriously. Every time I see this particular image (taken a couple of days ago in Tokyo), it totally trips me up. He’s radiant, and in a good way. Maybe it’s the smile in his eyes, or the crinkles at their corners, or the marvelous stripes on stripes, or his luscious hairstyle, but this is going into my Absolute Favorites folder.
"…the days of braided belts are far behind me…I think." (x)
haha, for sure zach, for sure :)
Caught you there, didn’t we, Zach?
"I’ll reserve another portrayal of Spock for the third ‘Star Trek,’ " Quinto told us.
Instead, like fellow “Trek” franchise star Wil Wheaton’s own hot-tempered recurring role, Quinto said he’d rather play “some twisted version of myself — really get into it with Sheldon.”
Zachary Quinto was recently asked if he read fanfic at a recent news-conference. His reply:
I’m afraid I have better things to do with my time than to read that. If those people don’t have anything better to do, that’s their business. But I do…
The quote kind of trails off there, so I don’t know if he had anything to add or not, but was clear that he’s not into fanfic. People in the fan-world were horrified.
I’m not one of them. The man does have some taste and discretion. And I expect that if the tables were turned and some of these folks read RPF that starred themselves doing some rather questionable things with a good friend, they’d be just as curtly dismissive.
Sturgeon’s Law (go look it up!) applies to fanfic. There is some good stuff out there, but you have to wade through a lot of cruft and crap to find it. And if an actor chooses not to go there, that is his or her decision. It doesn’t mean that they don’t like fans, it’s that they have better things to do than to flinch their way through another anatomically questionable PWP screed featuring a barely recognizeable version of their character, or worse, themselves kanoodling with someone they know in real life. I respect Zach for saying what he said, just like I respect Simon Pegg and his friends for having a good laugh about ‘hand-stitched homoerotica’ back in ‘09. (That was probably when Zach got a ‘free sample’, most likely…)
If you’re a writer and offended at this, get better. Write better. Do better. Write something honed and legit that will make folks like ZQ and Yours Truly want to read it- or better want to PAY to read it. Success is the best revenge, kids.