Zachary Quinto was the first star of the new "Star Trek" movie to get cast -- he plays Spock as a young Starfleet officer. We spoke with him by phone.
Q: Was it an advantage having Leonard Nimoy on set?
A: It was incredible. I felt like it was my responsibility to define this character and bring him to life in my own regard. And Leonard gave me real freedom to do that. Getting to know him and considering him a friend was one of the biggest honors in the whole experience for me.
Q: Did the Vulcan salute come naturally?
A: I worked on it a bit. I actually would rubber-band my pinkie and my ring fingers together. I would have to do exercises to make sure those fingers operated independent of my (index) finger and my middle finger. It probably took a couple of months.
Q: Winona Ryder plays Spock's mother. Was it strange having someone so young playing your mom?
A: She's, like, six years older than me or something. ... In the original screenplay, Amanda is seen giving birth to Spock, and in the movie you just see her when she's older. She did some amazing work.
Q: With all the effects, did you have any idea what the movie would look like while you were shooting?
A: I had no idea, man. I thought (visual-effects supervisor) Roger Guyett and Industrial Light & Magic did phenomenal work. Once I saw the movie, it was, like, five times bigger than I was imagining it to be. It goes to show that we as the actors are just one small part of the collaboration necessary for something this big to come together and look as good as it looks.