The Star Trek: Strange New Worlds star Ethan Peck for InStyle Editorial

The Star Trek: Strange New Worlds star Ethan Peck for InStyle Editorial

The Star Trek: Strange New Worlds star Ethan Peck is here to make space sexy, photo by Mark Elzey for InStyle Editorial.

The Star Trek: Strange New Worlds star Ethan Peck for InStyle Editorial

At first glance, Ethan Peck is just a regular, unassuming guy. At a tall 6-foot-1, according to a quick Google search, the 37-year-old has a much more fascinating history in Hollywood than meets the eye (or forehead, depending on your height). The grandson of Academy Award-winner Gregory Peck, Ethan’s humility and welcoming presence masks his own personal journey through film and television. Not many people can say they attended the same junior high school as the Olsen twins or that Mariah Carey sang to them on their 21st birthday. But for Peck, his current mission is one of significance to Star Trek fans. In his own words, “we’re here to make space sexy.”

The Star Trek: Strange New Worlds star Ethan Peck for InStyle Editorial
Helmut Lang jacket and pants. MARK ELZEY

It’s something the fandom had never seen before — up until episode 1 of the first season of Star Trek: Strange New Worlds. We’re talking about a shirtless, love-making Spock. 

“Moments like that, I’m just … ‘Oh my gosh, I really hope this goes well.’ I don’t want to fuck this up,” he explains of the decision to boldly go where no Spock has gone before. “That was a risk that they took and I’m just happy to be along for the ride.”

Ethan Peck on InStyle
In this video, Ethan Peck talks about how he felt when he landed the role of Spock in Star Trek: Strange New Worlds and his favorite memories from being on set. Also, listen as he discusses his past roles that range from playing a young George Clooney to kissing Mariah Carey in a deleted scene. Finally, hear Ethan talk about his perspective on love at first sight, soulmates, and his celebrity crush. Watch the video to see the full interview.

After the film wrapped, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen coincidentally enrolled in Peck’s junior high school. A self-proclaimed “outsider goofball dork,” Peck recalls hanging out and talking with the twins every once and a while, but that he mostly kept to his more “fringe” group of friends. 

The Star Trek: Strange New Worlds star Ethan Peck for InStyle Editorial
The Row, Courtesy of SSENSE top. MARK ELZEY

“[The Olsen twins] were obviously very cool and popular. We stayed friends, but I played Magic: The Gathering and played sports. I was in the orchestra. So, um, yeah, I had my group,” he jokes.

See also  New For UK GQ March Spring 2020: James Turlington

Peck’s penchant for sci-fi and fantasy may have caused him to be an “outsider goofball dork,” but it’s his love of the genre that would set him up for Trek. Having read Isaac Asimov’s The End of Eternity when he was around 12, as one casually does, created the domino effect of absorbing as much sci-fi content as he could. While he credits his father Stephen with introducing him to Star Wars, Peck admits that was as much of the “star”-related franchises that he could stand at that age. 

For Peck, the legacy left by the late Leonard Nimoy and the most recent iteration played by Zachary Quinto felt incredibly intimidating. It’s an experience he could only equate to those who take on the roles of Batman or Superman. He knew right away that all eyes and pointed ears would be on him as he stepped into the character for the first time. 

Ethan Peck for InStyle
Helmut Lang outfit. Berluti sneakers. MARK ELZEY

In May of 2020, Paramount+ (then known as CBS All Access) officially announced Star Trek: Strange New Worlds, with all three actors returning. The mission: to tell the stories of the U.S.S. Enterprise crew with weekly episodes covering their adventures through time and space. The return of the Enterprise also marked the return of the classic, episodic structure of The Original Series. A departure from the more serial work the actors had been used to on Discovery. It allowed for more room and, yes, space, for light-hearted plot lines and character development. 

“To be spun off onto another show is a fucking dream,” Peck says of the experience. “It’s a more prominent Spock. There’s an opportunity to investigate his inner life and his inner world, which I don’t think they even did in The Original Series. I felt that I was embarking on this unknown journey again that has a new set of rules. We are discovering them together as we film it.”

Louis Vuitton jacket. Everlane shirt and shorts. MARK ELZEY
Louis Vuitton jacket. Everlane shirt and shorts. MARK ELZEY.

Star Trek, as a series, has always been a family show. The worlds it creates and represents form an idyllic version of what the future could look like without prejudice and hatred. The care and thoughtfulness baked into every ounce of the franchise’s writing and casting has naturally created many a family within its own crews off-screen, as well.

The Row, Courtesy of SSENSE top. Dickies pant. Louis Vuitton boots. MARK ELZEY
The Row, Courtesy of SSENSE top. Dickies pant. Louis Vuitton boots. MARK ELZEY

Frakes returns during the second season of SNW to direct the highly anticipated crossover episode with Star Trek: Lower Decks (set to air July 27 or Stardate 47634.44). It stars fellow InStyle This Guy, Jack Quaid. While remaining vague about the details of the episode, Peck explains how much the cast and crew loved having Quaid and the leading lady of Lower Decks, Tawny Newsome, on set. The quick chemistry that formed between Peck and Quaid — and subsequently Spock and Quaid’s character, Brad Boimler — has already sparked a nickname from Frakes. 

See also  GQ Style Mexico F/W 2016: Sean O'Pry

“Jonathan Frakes coined ‘Spoimler’ from our character’s names. So, we’re definitely going to be pushing Spoimler hard when that episode drops,” Peck jokes. “[Quaid] and I have a lot in common. He grew up in L.A. His parents are actors. My grandfather was an actor. There’s a lot of overlap and so it’s really nice to meet people who are like you. He’s just such a lovely guy.”


See full article. Here.

sally holmes
Jenna Brillhart
Mark Elzey
brandon scott smith
Amanda Lauro & Corinne Pierre-Louis
Simone for Exclusive Artists using Augustinus Bader
and Kerastase Paris
Derek Smith
Kelly Chiello
Justine Manocherian
Danielle Fox
Jenna Brillhart

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: