Zachary Quinto 'Deeply Moved' by 'Outpouring of Support' After Coming Out (Video)
Zachary Quinto says he's overwhelmed by the positive reaction to his coming out over the weekend.
"I have spent the day in awe of this outpouring of support and resonance," he tweeted. "We. Are. In. This. Together. NEVER FORGET! I am deeply moved."
The actor echoed that sentiment Monday in an interview with MTV News while promoting his upcoming movie Margin Call.
The response has "been enormously supportive -- universally, unanimously supportive," he said. "I'm really grateful for that."
He added that he's proud of the way he came out.
"I feel like I made that declaration so that I can be a part of this conversation moving forward," he told us. "I did it in my own time, on my own terms, in my own words. That's exactly the way that I wanted to do it, and I'm really proud of that. When the time is right to continue the conversation forward, I certainly will do that. That's why I took those steps in the first place."
Quinto, best known for his roles in TV's Heroes and the recent Star Trek reboot, publicly acknowledged his homosexuality for the first time over the weekend in an interview with New York magazine as well as in a blog post on his website.
Quinto wrote that he was inspired to come out after learning of the death of Jamey Rodemeyer, the gay teen who committed suicide last month after years of being bullied.
“In light of Jamey's death," he wrote, "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 continued: "Our society needs to recognize the unstoppable momentum toward unequivocal civil equality for every gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered citizen of this country. Gay kids need to stop killing themselves because they are made to feel worthless by cruel and relentless bullying."
Quinto first revealed he is gay in an interview with New York magazine that hit the Internet over the weekend. His decision also inspired Dan Kloeffler, co-anchor of ABC News' World News Now, to come out on the air early Monday morning.
Quinto is currently in theaters in a small role in What’s Your Number? -- playing a boyfriend of Anna Faris -- and will be seen later this month playing a gay dead owner of the haunted house in FX's American Horror Story.
Margin Call, which he co-produced and stars in opposite Kevin Spacey, Paul Bettany and Jeremy Irons, opens Oct. 21.