Adam Markovitz
September 24, 2010 AT 04:00 AM EDT

He crossed galaxies in Star Trek and nearly nuked Manhattan in Heroes. But according to Zachary Quinto, 33, that was all a warm-up for his latest feat: playing the neurotic Louis Ironson in an Off Broadway revival of Tony Kushner‘s 1993 Pulitzer Prize-winning play Angels in America (in previews now at the Peter Norton Space in New York City, opening Oct. 28). ”This is the culmination of a long-term plan,” says Quinto, a drama-school grad who still calls himself a theater actor despite his Hollywood career. ”I moved to L.A. 10 years ago so that eventually I’d be able to come back to New York to do a play.” Yet even with an A-list résumé, Quinto only landed his Angels role after trying out for it — twice. ”I appreciate that they made me audition,” he says. ”I worked for it.”

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