Openly gay actor Zachary Quinto revealed he has received more work since he came out. The Star Trek star was motivated to come out in 2011 after teenager Jamey Rodemeyer and numerous other LGBT teenagers committed suicide in 2010.
”I haven’t stopped working, I’ve only worked more since I came out,” said the 35-year-old actor in an interview with British talk show host Jonathan Ross.
“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 recognize in themselves that there is no limitation and that we live in a time where the tide is changing.”
Before coming out, he appeared in the television series Heroes and 24 while playing a gay character in Tori Spelling’s show So NoTORious.
During the time of the suicides and before his public outing, he performed in a play called “Angels in America” which chronicles AIDS-era New York City.
“For me I felt like it was the right time and the right way,” said Quinto, who will reprise his Spock role in the latest Star Trek move this month.
“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.”
Since coming out, Quinto has appeared on the television series American Horror Story: Asylum, the Star Trek reboot franchise, and the 2011 film What’s Your Number?.
Quinto will next appear in the Tennessee Williams stage revival of the Glass Menagerie as a surrogate character for the plagued gay playwright.