New Stars Rise, Old Feuds Rest in 'Star Trek'

After playing Spock for six months, Quinto, like his character, felt isolated, alienated and withdrawn, he said. The physical transformation he endured (the pointed Vulcan ears, his shaved eyebrows and the famous bowl cut) all apparently conspired in his alienation.

He recalled how he went to a screening with the musically talented cast, who spontaneously started to jam while he sat on the other side of the room, silently watching them. It mirrored Spock's relationship with the USS Enterprise crew; "Spock is alienated all the time and is trying to understand," Quinto said. "I like that about him."

Quinto also likes Spock's taste in music and imagines his iPod would be "pretty groovy, classic rock, maybe with a little Simon & Garfunkel and definitely Dylan."

"Star Trek" has exceeded Quinto's expectations so far. The scene with Winona Ryder was "very humbling," he said of the actress who plays his mother in the film. "That moment was incredible and to know it was the culmination of years and years of work and believing in myself when others didn't believe in me."

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