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WATCH: Zachary Quinto discusses his Irish roots

Zachary Quinto couldn’t have been more thrilled to receive an Oscar Wilde Award on Thursday.

The actor, whose mother is of Irish ancestry, told LAgoss.com that he feels “really grateful” for the honour.

“I’ve had nothing but incredible experiences in Ireland and with Irish people, and so to be recognised by this organisation which exists to promote Irish-American relations and collaborations is really gratifying,” he explained.

Zachary said he is “due for another visit” after last making a trip to Ireland four years ago, and revealed he in fact got his equity card while working on a play called Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde in 1998.

“I learned a lot about him at a time when I was learning a lot about myself, and I think what he represents in terms of authenticity, insight and commitment to truth is something I’ve used as a guide in my own journey,” he said of the famous writer.

“I love his creative perspective but I also love his personal journey, as tragic as it ended up being, I think he never backed off of who he was and never backed down from what he believed he had to fight for.”

Zachary was supported by Star Trek co-stars Chris Pine and Alice Eve, director J.J. Abrams and American Horror Story co-star Sarah Paulson.

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