updated 04/15/2009 AT 11:00 AM ET
•originally published 04/15/2009 AT 12:30 PM ET
In Paris since Sunday evening, the stars of director J.J. Abrams’s upcoming Star Trek movie have been mixing pleasure with promotion.
For Heroes actor Zachary Quinto, who plays the young Mr. Spock, the stop in Paris – one of 11 around the world since the $210-million film’s Sydney premiere April 7 – is a sentimental one.
“About two years ago, I auditioned for the role of Spock, and, afterwards, I gave myself a few days in Paris to celebrate my [June 2] birthday,” said Quinto, 31. During that first trip to Paris, he leisurely strolled the city, ate in a few restaurants and went to a club, which he recalls as “one of the best anywhere,” Le Baron on Avenue Marceau, which closes at 6 a.m.
Then, “right after I go back from Paris, my agent called and said, I’d gotten the part. So Paris is something special to me.”
This trip to Paris, Quinto’s dined with fellow Enterprise crewmembers at Brasserie Lipp and then, with actress Zoe Saldana (who plays Lt. Uhura), headed over to Le Baron.
Saldana, whose previous Paris experience was working as a model during Fashion Week, had never been there before, said Quinto.
For Chris Pine, who plays Capt. Kirk, all of Paris was new to him. Tuesday evening, he dined with Quinto and Saldana at the Hotel Costes. Afterwards, the trio headed – where else? – to Le Baron.
As for when their movie lands in U.S. cineplexes, that’s May 8.