Zachary Quinto talks why Leonard Nimoy was a "father figure" to him

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Mar 3, 2015, 5:46 PM EST

In case you thought you had no more tears left to shed over the passing of Leonard Nimoy, here's new-ish Spock Zachary Quinto to open the floodgates once more. In an Entertainment Weekly interview, Quinto opened up about the experience of meeting Nimoy for the first time and how working together on the 2009 Star Trek film united them in ways he didn't expect.

Quinto revealed that he and Nimoy had never met prior to the 2007 SDCC event in Hall H for J.J. Abrams' new Trek picture, but how quickly their relationship blossomed.

I could tell immediately that he was someone who operated on very many different levels. I guess I never could have imagined how close we would become, at the time I had just hoped that he would support me and my exploration of the role, and be available to me as questions arose, but it was through that process that we forged a friendship. And he became really much more of a father figure to me than anyone else in my life, and it was that that I really cherished and will continue to cherish even in his loss.

Apprently, what started out as exciting work (Nimoy diving back into the role of Spock, Quinto discovering it for the first time) turned into much, much more.

Eventually it just became about being dear friends and staying in touch about each other’s lives. I became very, very close to his whole family, his wife Susan is very dear to me. It just evolved into something that was bigger than Star Trek, or bigger than the character, and much more meaningful and long lasting. Although it is the character that brought us together, it’s the friendship that we cultivated that I think will carry on.

And, yes, Quinto did take time away from filming in Berlin to be at Nimoy's funeral.

I was really, really grateful to be able to be get in time to be here for his family and to be here for his funeral and to speak at his funeral and honor him in that way. It meant so much to me that I was able to be a part of saying goodbye to him in that way, because I felt that that’s who he was.

And now we're all crying again over here. Pass the tissues, will ya?

(via Uproxx)