Playing the first openly gay character on a Star Trek TV series, Science Officer Lieutenant Stamets in CBS’s new Star Trek: Discovery, Anthony Rapp is poised to become an icon to a whole new generation and fan base. Of course, the openly gay NYC-based actor already has a slew of iconic films and stage productions to his credit, including the original Broadway production and cinematic adaptation of RENT (in which he originated the role of Mark Cohen), 1987’s Adventures in Babysitting, 1993’s Dazed and Confused, and 2001’s A Beautiful Mind.
Born in Illinois, Rapp juggles his appearances in big-budget Hollywood, Broadway, and TV productions (including a loathsome turn as a eugenics proponent, Dr. Thurman Dexler, in 2015’s season two of Steven Soderbergh’s outstanding Cinemax series, The Knick), with scrappy, low-budget fare. Last year saw him star in a pair of excellent gay indie films: writer/director John G. Young’s bwoy as a grief-stricken, sexually confused suburbanite who becomes infatuated with a manipulative Jamaican via the Internet, and Joshua Tunick’s same-sex wedding drama, Do You Take This Man.
While on location in Toronto, before going to see his RENT and If/Then-co-star Idina Menzel perform, Rapp joined us in the VIP lounge to dish on Trek, online scammers, and which Trump supporting actor would never be welcome on the starbridge.