Interview with Ethan Peck: Star Trek Strange New Worlds

Screen Rant interviews Star Trek: Strange New Worlds’ Ethan Peck about Leonard Nimoy’s Spock and Paul Wesley joining Season 2 as Kirk.

As Lieutenant Spock in Star Trek: Strange New Worlds, Ethan Peck convincingly steps into the iconic role (and ears) created by the legendary Leonard Nimoy. Peck made his debut as Spock in Star Trek: Discovery season 2, which set the stage for the Vulcan to turn into Star Trek: Strange New Worldsa prequel that traces the voyages of the Starship Enterprise under the command of Captain Christopher Pike (Anson Mount).

Screen Rant interviewed Ethan Peck about Spock’s real name, his relationship with his Vulcan fiancée, T’Pring (Gia Sandhu), and Paul Wesley joining the cast of Star Trek: Strange New Worlds season 2 as Spock’s future best friend and captain, James T. Kirk.

Related: Strange New Worlds May Finally Show How Kirk Met Spock In Star Trek Canon

Screen Rant: A few weeks ago a poster came out with Spock’s real name and Paramount redacted it. Do you know Spock’s real name?

Ethan Peck: I never got to see it, to be honest with you. Unfortunately, I can’t really comment on that. I had heard of it, and that’s it.

So it doesn’t really come into play Strange new worlds as much as you can tell us?

Ethan Peck: No.

Strange new worlds enters Spock’s relationship with T’Pring, which is pretty exciting. What can we expect to find out about their relationship that The original series didn’t tell us?

Ethan Peck: I think Strange New Worlds provides an opportunity for all of us involved to see deeper into the lives of these characters. Spock included and, obviously for me, the most interesting. How is it behind closed doors? How is he in the room? These are things I think we can speculate on.

You play the younger version of Spock by Leonard Nimoy. Can you tell us how you prepared for the role of Prime Spock? Do you feel the pressure to live up to Nimoy’s portrait?

Ethan Peck: Yeah, I feel tremendous pressure to live up to Nimoy’s portrayal and fan expectations for the role. This has been an important component of this experience and part of my process. When I was first cast in the role, I had no idea why I was auditioning. So I had an interpretation of some scenes given to me that I’m very grateful for that will always be mine. I had experience with these scenes which was me.

Of course, when I found out what character it was, I started doing my due diligence and researching Leonard Nimoy’s portrayal of the character, and that, of course, informed my work. But I will always have the seed of my imagination of what that character was. So yes, it’s an ongoing process.

I haven’t watched the original series in quite a while. Quite frankly, I’m a little scared because after a certain point I felt something alive inside me that was Spock. And I really tried to maintain the integrity of that and to keep the growth of that to myself. I had a very strong impression in me of Leonard Nimoy as a character that I check in with every day, almost every hour when I’m working. But I’m sure it changed over time and became something unique to me.

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You are shooting season 2 now, I believe. And they announced that Paul Wesley would be joining the show as Kirk.

Ethan Peck: Yeah!

Have you taken a chemistry test? Have you been able to feel each other and see if the Kirk/Spock dynamic is really there?

Ethan Peck: I don’t think I can comment on that, but I will say he’s a fantastic guy. We get along well. He takes it very seriously, which I think he does, which is very comforting for me and exciting for me.

Looking ahead, with you and Kirk together and meeting each other, what if the fans fall in love with you two and demand a spinoff? Will it just be called star trek?

Ethan Peck: [laughs] That’s a great question, and I have no idea. It’s so far in the future. We’re just trying to get through those first two seasons. This is a question for the guys above who prepare the shows.

Strange new worlds starts soon after Discovery season 2 is ending. Where is Spock mentally and emotionally now that Michael [Sonequa Martin-Green] left?

Ethan Peck: I think he’s in kind of a delicate and fragile place, relatively, for him. He just had this huge trauma with his experience with this entity called the Red Angel. [Sonja Sohn] which led to its psychological and emotional denouement. He’s connected to his sister, who I think was hugely important to him discovering his human self and his human side. He then lost it over time.

He was more or less exiled from Vulcan, in a way. He was disconnected from his father which is probably his deepest Vulcan connection. And so you end up with someone who maybe doesn’t feel like they belong somewhere and doesn’t feel like they belong in Starfleet yet, and who’s learning to feel what is to be accepted. Wanting to accept the different parts of himself that seem to be in eternal conflict with each other. It is therefore a very exciting place in his life because he will have to experiment, seek and solve problems on a day-to-day basis in his experiences and the situations in which he finds himself.

Synopsis of Star Trek: Strange New Worlds

Star Trek Strange New Worlds Every New and Returning Character

The series follows Captain Christopher Pike and the crew of the USS Enterprise spacecraft as they explore new worlds across the galaxy in the decade leading up to Star Trek: The Original Series.

Don’t forget to also check out our interview with star Anson Mount.

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Star Trek: Strange New Worlds premieres Thursday, May 5 on Paramount+.

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