Wentworth Miller Shares His Coming out and Battle with Mental Health
Handsome star Wentworth Miller, who first wowed audiences as Michael Scofield in the Golden Globe-nominated drama ‘Prison Break’ nine years ago, will be back on TV in the new year to reprise his role. And now, he reflects upon his personal journey towards coming out in a new interview with ‘Attitude’.
“It was a long road. I did it in my own way. And my own time,” he says. When I was ready: emotionally, mentally, spiritually. When I had a support system in place. I think that’s critical. To lay a solid foundation first and then make the big life decision,” he says.
As one of the world’s most prominent openly gay actors, Miller is in a better position than most to understand the pressure of staying in the closet when faced with the risk-averse, big bucks movie business.
“I don’t think the average exec decides not to hire openly gay actors because they hate gay people. Hollywood is a business. It’s corporate. It’s about profit,” he says.
“And if I’m an exec and I’m trying to please my corporate masters, and guarantee a big opening weekend – and you only get one shot at the box office – and I want to keep a roof over my head and I have to choose between hiring a straight actor for the lead in my movie and an actor who’s openly gay, I’m going to go with straight actor because I don’t want to risk alienating various demographics.”
You can read the full interview the special November issue of ‘Attitude’, which is available to download from pocketmags.com/attitude