streams on CBS All Access

ETHAN PECK DIDN’T EVEN know what he was auditioning for that day. The handsome, broad-shouldered actor, 33, grew up in Los Angeles, the descendant of some pretty heady Hollywood lineage—he’s the grandson of Oscar-winning legend Gregory Peck—and was already a showbiz veteran, working steadily since about the age of 9, snagging parts in That ’70s Show and 10 Things I Hate About You.

But at the time of this mystery audition, he’d begun to harbor serious doubts about continuing his acting career. Still, when his manager encouraged him to send in a taped audition for a new character on a show that couldn’t be revealed to him, he did so. The dialogue he read didn’t give much of a clue. “The scenes were really abstract—an alien in a cave who was kind of losing its mind and speaking in tongues,” Peck remembers. A callback followed. And then another one. Around this time, it was becoming clear to Peck what role he was up for: none other than the legendary Vulcan, Spock, for the second season of CBS All Access’ hit show .

You're reading a preview, sign up to read more.

Related Interests

More from Watch

Watch2 min read
Autumn All-Stars
From the punchy bottle design to the fully compostable and recyclable packaging, there’s nothing garden variety about this new line of floral fragrances from London. A striking example is Neon Rose, which swirls together peach, jasmine, bergamot, and
Watch3 min read
Laugh Lines
SHE’S THAT PROLIFIC COMIC ACTRESS WHOSE WORK YOU adore, even if—until now—you’ve had trouble recalling her name. No worries: The fabulous Michaela Watkins is chill with that. “People always have to download their brains with what I’ve done to remembe
Watch2 min read
Hollywood and Vine
LOS ANGELES IS JUST OVER 1,000 MILES FROM THE STARK yet fertile lands of eastern Washington state, where iconic actor Kyle MacLachlan (Twin Peaks) was born and raised—and often returns to get back to his roots. Literally. “I head back to Washington t