Wentworth Miller Comes Out: 5 Things to Know About 'Prison Break' Star

Wentworth Miller
Wentworth Miller
 

Wentworth Miller came out after penning a letter to St. Petersburg International Film Festival director Maria Averbakh, declining an invitation to attend the festival because of Russia's strict anti-gay laws.

"As someone who has enjoyed visiting Russia in the past and can also claim a degree of Russian ancestry, it would make me happy to say yes. However, as a gay man, I must decline," Miller wrote in the letter.

"I am deeply troubled by the current attitude toward and treatment of gay men and women by the Russian government," he continued. "The situation is in no way acceptable, and I cannot in good conscience participate in a celebratory occasion hosted by a country where people like myself are being systematically denied their basic right to live and love openly."

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THR offers five things to know about Miller, best known for his time on Prison Break from 2005-09:

1. Miller is a screenwriter

Though he is most recognized for playing Michael Scofield on Prison Break, Miller penned the screenplay for the big-screen effort, Stoker. (He originally wrote it under a pseudonym, Ted Foulke.) Released in early 2013, the psychological thriller centered on an outcast teenager (Mia Wasikowska), whose father dies in a car accident, leaving her alone with an unstable mother (Nicole Kidman). When her uncle (Matthew Goode) shows up, strange things start to happen. The R-rated feature -- which received a 68 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes -- is Miller's first writing and co-producing venture, and made $9.4 million at the worldwide box office.

2. But he didn't always think that way

While Miller seems to have become more hands-on behind the cameras (though his next project is co-starring in 2014's The Loft with James Marsden and Karl Urban), it was his days attending Princeton that cast some doubt on whether he was a writer. In a Daily Beast interview promoting Stoker, Miller said "it was at Princeton that I learned to think of myself as not a writer. My freshman fall, I applied to the creative writing program and was promptly hosed. ... And with good reason. I don’t remember what I submitted, but I’m sure it wasn’t very good. Anyway, I continued to think of myself as 'not a writer' well into my 30s."

3. His first onscreen credit was Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Before landing his breakthrough Prison Break role, Miller's first acting credit was a guest spot on Joss Whedon's Buffy the Vampire Slayer in a 1999 episode entitled "Go Fish," where he played Gage Petronzi. Gage was a fellow student at Sunnydale High and a member of the swim team who later transformed into a Gill Monster.

4. Prison Break was an international hit

In a 2008 interview, Miller said he believed Prison Break was "a modest success in the States," with its ratings never quite breaking out. But internationally, "Prison Break is the No. 1-selling DVD in Japan, 135 million people are downloading the show every week," he said at the time. "It’s been surprising and gratifying to know that you’re part of a story that is crossing cultural barriers, linguistic barriers and touching people’s lives, entertaining them in some way, shape or form all around the world." He added that "the show’s appeal is universal, and to know that you’re part of something like that is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity."

5. Miller's next projects

Aside from The Loft, Miller is sticking with scriptwriting, with several projects in various stages, including an adaptation of The Story of Edgar Sawtelle, an English-language remake of With a Friend Like Harry and The Disappointments Room.

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