Wentworth Miller is one of the last decade’s biggest TV stars but recent revelations hint that his life hasn’t always been such a dream come true.
Miller came out as gay last month and has since conceded to attempting suicide as a teenager. He spoke about the traumatic incident at a Human Rights Campaign gala on Saturday.
“The first time I tried to kill myself I was 15,” he said during his speech at the Sheraton Seattle Hotel, “I waited until my family went away for the weekend and I was alone in the house and I swallowed a bottle of pills. I don’t remember what happened over the next couple days, but I’m pretty sure come Monday morning I was on a bus back to school pretending everything was fine. And when someone asked me if that was a cry for help, I say no, because I told no one.”
Miller went on to explain why he waited so many years to come out publicly. “I had multiple opportunities to speak my truth, which was that I was gay. But I chose not to. I was out in private, to family and friends… but professionally, publicly, I was not.”
It wasn’t until he was invited to appear at Russia’s St. Petersburg Film Festival that he decided to make a statement. “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 a letter he sent to the festival director, Maria Averbakh, and later posted online.
The prevalence of suicide amongst LGBT youth is a major issue in our world, and if Wentworth Miller is able to influence a single person for the better by sharing his story then we applaud his bravery in speaking out.
Miller’s upcoming project is a thriller called The Loft, and he is has written several other screen projects we hope to hear more about soon.