Anthony Rapp and Wilson Cruz on gay romance in "Star Trek: Discovery"

Anthony Rapp plays Lt. Stamets in "Star Trek: Discovery" on CBS All Access.

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Anthony Rapp and Wilson Cruz said it was "surreal" when they were invited to join the cast of "Star Trek: Discovery" on CBS All Access. The co-stars told CBSN that they were always fans of the franchise. 

"I never thought I'd be a part of any of this," admitted Rapp.

Cruz said it was different for him. 

"I've always been enamored with the series," he said. "I did see myself as a part of this. I wanted to be a part of Broadway and I wanted to be a part of Star Trek."

Rapp and Cruz's characters, who share a romance, will be the "Star Trek" series' first gay characters. 

Rapp said it's exciting to have a groundbreaking storyline on the show.

"It's the first time two human beings were born themselves and in love with each other as the same gender," he said. "Even that he's Latino and I'm white. We are also colleagues. It's part of the fabric of it." He added that "anyone would be happy" about the relationship. 

Cruz said it also thickens the plot as the characters learn to navigate their jobs along with their romance.

"It's about how I balance my responsibilities as the ship's doctor and how I balance my responsibilities to the person I love," he said. 

Watch the video above to see what else the co-stars reveal about "Star Trek: Discovery."

A special broadcast premiere of "Star Trek: Discovery" will air Sunday, Sept. 24 at 8:30 p.m. ET, 7:30 p.m. CT on CBS. After premiere night, all new episodes will be available on CBS All Access

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