Last week, Zachary Quinto stopped by EW Radio to talk about his latest project, NBC’s The Slap. While he was in the studio, Inside TV host Dalton Ross couldn’t help asking the actor about his relationship with Leonard Nimoy—who originated the role of Mr. Spock, a part that Quinto took over in J.J. Abrams’ 2009 Star Trek reboot. (Spocks old and new interacted with each other onscreen in both that film and its 2013 sequel, Star Trek Into Darkness; the latter features what turned out to be Nimoy’s final onscreen performance.) Nimoy died Feb. 27 at the age of 83.
“I never expencted when I got that job and met him that we would forge such a powerful friendship,” Quinto said of the first man to don Spock’s iconic ears. “I love him, his wife. They’re like family to me, 100 percent. Like second parents, for sure.” Hear more from Quinto below.