Zachary Quinto, best known for hunky roles in “Heroes” and 2009’s “Star Trek” movie, put his Hollywood career on the line by coming out of the closet and admitting he’s gay. But he says the gamble is worth it.
Quinto wrote on his blog that he decided to speak out publicly about being his sexuality, after gay teen Jamey Rodemeyer committed suicide last month as a cry against gay bullying.
Quinto’s sexuality has been a bit of an open secret, especially after he shot a video as part of the anti-gay bullying “It Gets Better” campaign.
But he’s never publicly proclaimed his sexuality, until now.
“When I found out that Jamey Rodemeyer killed himself, I felt deeply troubled. But when I found out that Jamey Rodemeyer had made an ‘It Gets Better’ video only months before taking his own life, I felt indescribable despair,” he wrote.
“In light of Jamey’s death, it became clear to me in an instant that living a gay life without publicly acknowledging it is simply not enough to make any significant contribution to the immense work that lies ahead on the road to complete equality,” he added.
Quinto also said he was motivated by his role in the off-Broadway revival of Angels in Americ
He played a gay man who abandons his AIDS-stricken boyfriend, and the portrayal also weighed on his conscience.
“As a gay man, it made me feel like there’s still so much work to be done, and there’s still so many things that need to be looked at and addressed,” he said.
The question now is has Quinto committed career suicide.
Gay actor Rupert Everett ripped Hollywood for its homophobia in 2009 and advised actors to stay in the closet, if they hoped to continue to find work.
The ‘My Best Friend’s Wedding’ star said that he has been denied leading man roles because of homophobia in Hollywood.
“It just doesn’t work and you’re going to hit a brick wall at some point. You’re going to manage to make it roll for a certain amount of time, but at the first sign of failure they’ll cut you right off,” he said.
Quinto is in “What’s Your Number?” playing a boyfriend of Anna Faris and plays a gay dead owner of the haunted house in “American Horror Story,” according to the Hollywood Reporter.
His new movie, “Margin Call,” which he co-produced and stars opposite Demi Moore, Kevin Spacey, Paul Bettany and Jeremy Irons.
It’s about the 2008 financial crisis and opens Oct. 21.