x On why Kirk needs Spock: The relationship [with Spock] is the core of what Kirk goes through. It’s substantial, and the arc and the trajectory of his journey is huge, almost Greek. But you can’t talk about Kirk without talking about Spock, and it’s through his relationship with Spock that he learns the greatest lessons, about loving someone to the point of being able to do away with all rules and regulations and the constraints in order to save, protect and do justice to your friend.
x On his first time playing gay: My first intimate scene [onscreen] was with Tom Everett Scott,” Pine says, referring to his role in the TV movie-of-the-week, Surrender, Dorothy, with Diane Keaton, in which he plays gay. “He’s an incredible spooner — very warm, very sensitive.”
x How his four-year English degree from Berkley contributed to a kind of critical speed-read technique: “I think I’ve read 20 scripts in the last two and a half weeks. Those tools are indispensable, all those little micro-muscles in your brain that are just trained to see certain things. All you do all day is read, break down story, structure, character, and technique.”
x On costar Zachary Quinto’s sexuality and coming out: It was something that I knew about Zach from the moment I met him. It was just who Zach was and that’s that. I’m sensitive, and I don’t ever want to make anyone feel uncomfortable. Knowing that for Zach it was more about a career thing and that he was not comfortable at the time coming out — it was fine. It was something that we kind of tiptoed around and I just took it as a given, because that’s what he wanted.” But when Quinto came out in 2011 in an interview with New York magazine, Pine was thrilled: “So happy for him, oh man. I thought it was rad. It was really, really cool. He did it on his own time, on his own schedule. And Jonathan [Groff], who he’s dating, is such a lovely man. He’s a good guy and a great actor, and they make a fantastic couple. I couldn’t have been happier for Zach.”
x He’d like to see a gay action star: “All it really takes is the fact that the man isn’t going home to his wife, but has a boyfriend at home,” he says. “I think it would be a wonderful thing to see.”