Anthony Rapp ‘Honored’ To Play Gay Character On Discovery

Anthony Rapp, who will play Lt. Stamets on Star Trek: Discovery, when it launches later this year, recently discussed his involvement with the series and the first openly gay character in Star Trek on TV that he plays.

Rapp was one of the first-announced actors to be cast in the series last November — alongside Doug Jones and Michelle Yeoh. At that time, it was made public that Rapp would play the Starfleet science officer, astromycologist, fungus expert Stamets on Discovery. It was later rumored that the character would be openly gay — a first for Star Trek on TV.

In an interview with MetroWeekly, promoting the film bwoy, Rapp talked about the character and the next Star Trek TV series.

Discussing Star Trek: Discovery, which is currently shooting in Toronto, Rapp said:

I can say that I’m in it, and that I’m really excited about it. I pretty much am not allowed to say anything else. I don’t even know if I’m allowed to say that. It’s so profoundly under wraps, which I completely understand and actually endorse. But I’m really excited.

Regarding his character, Rapp acknowledged the gravity of being part of Star Trek, saying:

I’m honored. I’m also honored to be a part of a piece of work that’s part of the cultural pantheon. It’s kind of crazy that I get to be a part of something that means so much to so many people. It meant a lot to me, too. I’m thrilled and I’m honored to be the vehicle for this aspect of the story that’s being told.

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  • Xeo Rad

    This is weird. Is he more proud of being a gay character than he is of being part of the most prolific science fiction franchise in history? Is society this far upside-down? Start Trek is so much more. Ask George Takei.

    • I’m not sure where you got that… he didn’t say he was more proud to play a gay character at all. He was asked how it feels playing the first gay character, and he responded that he was honored. Then he went on to recognize the importance of Star Trek to modern culture.

      “I’m honored. I’m also honored to be a part of a piece of work that’s part of the cultural pantheon. It’s kind of crazy that I get to be a part of something that means so much to so many people. It meant a lot to me, too. I’m thrilled and I’m honored to be the vehicle for this aspect of the story that’s being told.”