July 22, 2016 at 1:31 pm EDT | by Mariah Cooper
Zachary Quinto says he is ‘scared’ to be a gay American
(Screenshot via YouTube)

(Screenshot via YouTube)

In an interview with Time, Zachary Quinto opened up about his fears as a gay American during the country’s political strife.

When asked if he felt “frightened” to be a gay American following the Orlando shooting and Republican nominee Donald Trump picking vice presidential candidate Mike Pence, the 39-year old “Star Trek Beyond” star says he hopes the political climate will change.

“There are indicators of the pendulum swinging the other way right now in terms of the political temperature and the landscape of Trump,” Quinto told Time. “It’s absurd to me, but I have to have faith that we’ll endure and triumph. I have to feel like people will look at these two old white men, who represent everything that is negative in history, and say there are more people who want to go a different direction. I hope so.”

However, Quinto is still concerned and aware that anything can happen this election.

“I am scared. I don’t take anything for granted. I have a lot of people in my life that think there’s no way Trump will win. I don’t believe that for a second. We have to fight with everything we have to continue the path that we’ve been able to gain such ground on in the last five to ten years,” Quinto continued.

The actor also drew some similarities between the plot of “Star Trek Beyond” and reality.

“Our adversary in this movie is a being who’s diametrically opposed to the Federation,” Quinto says. “He wants to destroy a place that’s a hub for different species and races—people from all over the galaxy coming together and inhabiting this one place. It’s weirdly parallel to what’s going on all over the world right now. There’s waves of nationalism and xenophobia and fear-based thinking and intolerance. It’s alarming.”

Despite the common ground, Quinto says it’s just entertainment but it does present a hopeful outlook for the future.

“At the end of the day, this is a blockbuster summer popcorn movie—we’re not trying to delve into any of these themes explicitly—but what Star Trek represents is the idea that unity will always overcome hatred,” Quinto says.

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