Zachary Quinto came out as gay in college
Zachary Quinto didn’t come out as gay until he was at college.
The ‘Star Trek Beyond’ actor says he’d known about his sexuality a long time before that, but wasn’t ready to tell anyone.
He said: "The question of when I knew I was gay and when I accepted I was gay are two very different conversations. I suppose I knew what was going on. I just wasn’t ready to look at it.
"In college, I’d say. [When he came out]. Once I broke free of the expectations of my upbringing, my socioeconomic exposure to ….I grew up with a pretty suburban, Catholic upbringing. I feel once I was able to create my own life and explore my own path … um … then I started to turn my attention to fully understanding and accepting who I am."
The 39-year-old star – who has been dating model Miles McMillan for around two years – said he didn’t have any gay role models while growing up.
He told the Guardian newspaper: "I feel like – I guess I don’t – it’s interesting. I don’t know. I guess part of me feels like my sexuality is one aspect among many aspects of my personality and I’ve integrated it over time. It has never occupied for me a space where I needed to aspire to some other version of myself other than who I was. I denied it for so long that I didn’t really allow myself to … um … to fully inhabit that part of my life. I just … I don’t know.
"I guess. I don’t know. I didn’t really ever … My experience of myself was not about that."
Zachary also revealed how he is so pleased he had a childhood without technology.
He said: "I’m much saner and probably better adjusted than I would have been had I had the technology as a kid. We’re more fractured as a society than we’ve ever been. We carry these devices round in our pockets and stare at them every 30 seconds. It’s a slippery slope."