Zachary Quinto on Coming Out: ‘I Didn’t Know It Would Be Global News!’

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NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 17:  Zachary Quinto attends the "Margin Call" premiere at the Landmark Sunshine Cinema on October 17, 2011 in New York City.  (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 17: Zachary Quinto attends the "Margin Call" premiere at the Landmark Sunshine Cinema on October 17, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images) Photo: Jason Kempin/2011 Getty Images

"Hello," Zachary Quinto told us last night at the premiere of Margin Call, adding in an understated way, "We've been through a lot this week." Indeed: Quinto has been headline news since he spoke to our Benjamin Wallace and casually confirmed twice that he's a gay man. "When I sat down with Ben on Monday and had that conversation, I knew what I was going to do and it was a very clear choice for me to do it in the way that I did it, and I'm really glad that that's the way it all unfolded," he told us yesterday at the event, which was hosted by The Wall Street Journal and Forevermark. Still, Quinto says he's surprised by the volume of the reaction. "I never ever imagined that it would be — I mean, I guess I figured people would figure it out, hear about it, but I didn't know it would be like global news! I was like, What? It was really crazy to me. People from all over the world were reaching out to me on the Internet, on Twitter. Social media makes it a lot easier now. I'm just really honored and thrilled and grateful."