‘NOS4A2’ – How Zachary Quinto becomes Charlie Manx


Quinto returns as evil Charlie Manx in ‘NOS4A2’

Zachary Quinto

Talk to most any actor and they’ll tell you a transformation takes place when they don heavy makeup, prosthetics or costumes for a role. Much of the time, it helps them find the character.

That also holds true for Zachary Quinto for his role of sinister Charlie Manx in the AMC supernatural horror series “NOS4A2.” He says the hours he spends in the makeup chair definitely helps him get into the headspace of the shriveled immortal.

“It becomes about sort of managing the changes that happen in physicality when you have to put all that stuff on,” the 43-year-old Pittsburgh native explains. “So I think it’s like there’s something that happens whether I think about it or not or whether it’s conscious or not. There’s something that just happens, too, to my physicality and the way that I sort of move and speak and play those scenes as a result of that process.”

As Season 2 opens Sunday, June 21, it’s eight years after the events of Season 1 and Charlie finds himself targeted by working-class young artist Vic McQueen (Ashleigh Cummings), who is bent on destroying him. But Charlie, who has faced his own mortality, knows Vic has a vulnerability and a soul he desires – that of her 8-year-old son Wayne.

With her boy’s future at stake, it’s up to Vic to protect him from this child-stealing monster and confront the mistakes of her past, a storyline Cummings embraced and left Quinto impressed by her performance.

“I think fast-forwarding the plot a little bit and giving her a little more agency and some more internal conflict and ultimately this child to protect and to care for was a great move,” Quinto says. “And also as far as Manx was concerned, it makes it much more personal between Manx and Vic because now her kid is at risk … . So he knows once he comes back that she has a kid and … it’s an engine of conflict that I think is really valuable throughout the whole course of the season.”


Full name: Zachary John Quinto

Birth date: June 2, 1977

Birthplace: Pittsburgh

Residence: New York City

Family ties: Single

Alma mater: Graduated from Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Drama in 1999

Other TV credits include: “The Others,” “Touched by an Angel,” “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” “Lizzie McGuire,” “Six Feet Under,” “Charmed,” “24,” “Joan of Arcadia,” “Crossing Jordan,” “So Notorious,” “Heroes,” “American Horror Story,” “Girls,” “The Slap,” “Hannibal,” “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”

Movie credits include: “Star Trek” (2009), “Margin Call” (2011), “Star Trek Into Darkness” (2013), “We’ll Never Have Paris” (2014), “Star Trek Beyond” (2016), “Snowden” (2016), “Who We Are Now” (2017), “Hotel Artemis” (2018), “High Flying Bird” (2019), “The Boys in the Band” (forthcoming)


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George Dickie

George Dickie has been a features writer for Gracenote/Tribune Media Services since 1989, when “Hee-Haw” was still on the air and George “Goober” Lindsay was his first interview. His early interviews ranged from Jim Henson and Dick Van Dyke to Phil Collins and the Dixie Chicks.

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