Star Trek and Heroes star Zachary Quinto is to host an actor's masterclass at this year's Galway Film Fleadh, marking his return to the city after he worked there in the nineties.
Shortly after his appearance in the 2009 Star Trek film, Quinto, who plays Mr Spock in JJ Abrams' reboot, revealed in an interview with US chat show host Jimmy Kimmel that he worked in a cafe on Galway's Abbeygate Street for a time and would love to return to the city.
"I lived in Ireland for three and a half months when I was between junior and senior year. I waited tables in this racous coffee house which was quite adventrous," Quinto told Kimmel. "We were right across the street from a nightclub which closed at 2.00am so that was our busiest time.
"It was a really archaic coffee shop and there were no computers so we'd write the orders on little scraps of paper which we'd then place on the top of the toaster and hold down with knives. Of course they'd curl up with the heat and people would be screaming where's my coffee and we'd say, sorry your order went on fire."
Since then, the 35-year-old actor has starred in TV shows such as 24, Heroes and American Horror Story, as well as producing and starring in Margin Call.
Following his most recent turn as the vulnerable Vulcan in Star Trek: Into Darkness, Quinto is preparing to make his return to the West of Ireland for the 25th Galway Film Fleadh where he will deliver the Actor's Mastercalss on July 12th.
The Actors Masterclass, in association with Screen Training Ireland, will provide an intensive interactive environment in "the skills, methodology and aesthetics of film acting aimed at actors working or wanting to work more in the recorded media."
Quinto will also answer questions and provide tips on dealing with all the common fears actors have regarding work in front of the camera.
Galway isn't Quinto's only Irish connection. His mother is of Irish descent and In 1995 he graduated from Central Catholic High School in Pittsburgh where he won the school's Gene Kelly Award for his performance in The Pirates of Penzance.
The six-day 2013 International Galway Film Fleadh takes place from Tuesday July 9th until Sunday July 14th. This year’s Fleadh will continue to premiere the newest in Irish cinema, with premieres of new Irish films each evening of the Fleadh and a Public Interview with Irish actress Saoirse Ronan on Sunday, July 14th.