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Wentworth Earl Miller III

Wentworth Earl Miller III



Monday, August 1, 2016

PEOPLE Magazine Interview 2016!


The following questions were asked and answered via email.

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1. You’re shooting Prison Break again now - what is it like to be back with your fellow Prison Break actors again? Does it feel like a family? Have you all kept in touch?

I feel like our reunion is more "high school" than "family." Seeing everyone now, working together, it's emotional. There's intimacy. There's respect. These people were present at a really critical time in my life. Whether or not we stay in touch, that doesn't change. We'll always have that history.

2. What is it like sitting down in the makeup chair for the 4 hour tattoo application? Are you used to it by now? Does it feel like slipping on a comfortable skin?

There's nothing comfortable about it. It's like flypaper on your skin. The good news is, the new tattoos only take 30 minutes to apply. The bad news is I have to put them on every day. But it's a cool feature. And the payoff is considerable. As far as the story goes.

3. With Legends of Tomorrow and The Flash, you’ve been steadily working. What makes you happiest when you’re not working?

Not having someone lay hands on me every 5 minutes. We're working 12 to 14-hour days, and wardrobe, hair, make-up, the sound department, the tattoo FX people... They're all constantly touching me. Making little adjustments. It's their job. It's what they're paid to do. But it does start to feel like your body isn't your own.

4. What is your perfect day (off)?

Doesn't have to be anything special. I like ticking things off on my "to-do" list. Like laundry. I'll write down "laundry" in my day planner - yes, I still use a day planner - so I can put a check mark next to it when it's finished. I believe there's value in giving yourself credit for getting things done. No matter how small.

5. You were incredibly open about the negative effect the offensive “meme” had on you earlier this year. Why did you feel so moved to speak out about your past depression? What did you learn about yourself from the incident?

It was a very reactive experience. If I'm writing a "Note" that I'm going to post on my Facebook community page, I'll edit for weeks. Or months. But I wrote my meme response in a couple of hours. I was having a really strong emotional experience and I needed to get it out. I needed somewhere to put it. That's why I created that space. It's where I get to practice my self-expression. Articulating how I'm feeling, what I'm feeling while I'm feeling it, through writing or what-have-you, that's a life-saving practice. And it's part of my self-care.

6. What was the most difficult moment?

Probably the first time I saw the meme pop up in my feed. I knew whoever was responsible didn't know me or know anything about me. They didn't have a clue what kinds of issues they were bringing up for me. And I think that's a pretty common mistake. One we can all make. Having no idea what someone else is going through but judging them anyway.

7. How are you feeling now, health-wise? How do you cope with your past depression?

I haven't experienced a major depressive episode in maybe 2 or 3 years. Which isn't to say I'm done with it. I'm careful, watchful, when it comes to what I think of as gateways. Like sleep. A good night's sleep is so important. If I don't sleep well, the next day I know I'm going to be tired and a little bit sensitive and small things that wouldn't normally upset me do. Then I'll spend the next night tossing and turning, thinking about those upsets. So that's 2 nights in a row I don't sleep. So then I'm even more tired and off-balance the next day. Now something's in motion and it can snowball. I just try to stay really aware of where I'm at and what's up for me. So I can keep vibrating at the right frequency.

8. What is most important to you in your life, in order for you to stay positive and healthy?

I can tell you one of the things I don't do is put pressure on myself to stay positive. If I'm having an off day, I try not to shame myself for having an off day. It only makes it worse. Off days happen. So it's like, "Cool. Fine. I'm human. Keep moving."

9. Three years ago, you came out with an incredibly powerful statement about the pain you felt hiding your identity in Hollywood. Since then, countless men and women in the same situation have looked to you as a role model and a source of strength. What did you learn about opening up to the world about your private pain? How did you feel after you came out publicly in that way?

I was grateful I was able to thread my narrative into a larger one - coming out publicly, helping draw attention to what's going on with Russia's LGBTQ community, then my HRC speech... But in the aftermath, I wanted to make sure I continued to do things in my own time and way. I was invited to do talk shows and speak to this and that but for the most part, I chose not to. I felt like I'd said what I had to say. For the moment. And that's part of my self-care too. Honoring what's true for me. Not rushing into things or committing to things just because people might expect me to.

10. What message is most important for you to pass on now, given all of the organizations you support and the many people you inspire?

I'll just emphasize how important it is to reach out if you think someone is in crisis. The tiniest gesture can have a huge impact. Sometimes when we know someone's in trouble, people choose to say nothing. Maybe they don't know what to say or they're worried about saying the wrong thing... What you say matters less than getting the conversation started. Just let them know they're not alone. It can make a difference.

11. Do you have more writing projects in the works?

No. No screenplays or anything like that. Mostly I've been writing personal essays. Things that speak to my life. What's on my mind.

12. What other ways are you using your voice to empower others? You’ve been involved with many organizations in the past.

Actually a lot of time goes into facilitating the Facebook page I mentioned. I think social media has a lot of upsides. Potentially. It engages people. Starts conversations. I've been posting almost every day Monday through Friday for the last 2 years. Links and videos about mental health and gender and identity that I find helpful or interesting. That support my own education. My own awareness. And I trust - I hope - that the people visiting my page are finding something worthy there too.

13. What are you most looking forward to this year?

I've been working steadily for 11 months on 3 different TV shows and I finally have a break coming up. So I'm going to visit family. We've got a whole new generation of little ones now and they won't stay little for long. They're in desperate need of teasing. And spoiling.

14. What are you most looking forward to with regards to returning to such an iconic role?

I think we all just want to tell a good story. That's really the beginning and the end of it.

Thank you dear Went honey for sharing your interviews.  Your answers are insightfully clear and very interesting and very much appreciated.  Sending you tons of love.  ♥♥♥♥♥  Always!!!

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