The character of Spock isn’t an easy one to play as Ethan Peck already knows.
And following in the footsteps of a legend like Leonard Nimoy, who portrayed Mr. Spock from 1966 until his last appearance on Star Trek Into Darkness in 2013, had to be one of the most difficult challenges an actor faces. Ethan Peck doesn’t deny that he had doubts when he was just starting out in the role. In fact, in a receent interview with Star Trek Explorer [via Trekmovie], he admitted that he expected to fail and get fired.
Peck said he didn’t have a lot of experience and felt “unproven” at the time so he wasn’t sure how things were going to go.
"I felt so unproven at the time. I didn’t have a lot of experience. So, I just wasn’t sure how it was going to fare. I put a lot of pressure on myself. I guess I could call myself a recovering perfectionist at this point in time, and that’s not good for creativity in art-making. I was given this opportunity to do that when I was cast in Discovery as Spock. That’s not something everyone gets the opportunity to do, to rise to an occasion."
Ethan Peck has definitely found his way with the character on Star Trek: Strange New Worlds
Peck didn’t let nerves get the best of him, and he dove into the character with his all, emerging victorious as the emotionally-restrained Vulcan. He’s proud of what he has accomplished so far and feels like he is starting to find a groove with the character.
After taking on such a challenge, Peck deserves to be proud of his accomplishments for he has made Spock his own, though still maintaining some continuity from Nimoy’s version. He helps to make Star Trek: Strange New Worlds worthy of its audience.
You can read Peck’s full interview with Star Trek Explorer #5 which is on sale November 29th.