Playing different roles means finding part of each character in himself, according to Zachary Quinto
As reported by Hardcore Nerdity, there are both differences and similarities in playing Sylar and Spock. "I think there's elements of the characters that echo each other but I think they echo each other from very different, opposite ends of the spectrum. Each of the characters employs a stillness and a sort of rich internal point of view that informs the way that they behave and the way they relate to people around them."
Taking on such rich characters means figuring out how to portray them accurately, which more than just playing them as "good" or "bad." "It's great fun to have characters that are rich and that are full of challenges and full of rewards and both of these characters are clearly that," explained Quinto. "So as an actor,...I don’t really approach a character as to whether or not it's good or bad, I just approach a character as to where it lives in me. And I think for numerous reasons both of these characters find...these very different characters both find life in me."
When asked if it was a relief to play the more emotional Sylar after playing the controlled Spock, Quinto said, "I think that's the thing. That's kind of where there are similarities, both of these characters are very contained and very controlled. So letting loose in the sense of engaging and or indulging in these instincts or impulses to murder and let loose in a violent kind of way...for me it was more like coming home when we came back to work on the show after going away on a new and uncharted excursion with the movie and the sort of scale and size of the franchise and the iconic nature of the character that I was stepping into. There was a tremendous sense of completion when I finished the film and a tremendous sense of familiarity when I came back to work on the show."
To hear the audio interview, head to the link located here.