Hello &

Hello &

Wentworth Earl Miller III

Wentworth Earl Miller III



Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Mailbag (6.1)


Awesome questions, guys. You'll find my answers below. With luck I'll have the time and bandwidth to produce 6.2 shortly.

Meanwhile, thanks for all the support and positive feedback. It means so much. And if you're watching/enjoying the new season of PB, I'm glad. - W.M.

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Q: how are you today ?

A: I'm well. Thanks for asking.

Q: Do you enjoy foot rubs?

A: I do indeed.

Q: I see you in those pictures from paparazzi and You always have two coffee (starbucks ) in you hands one its cold and one its hot wondering wich one its yours ????

A: The cold one. Then the hot one.

Q: How do you feel knowing that you aré important to thousands of people to whom Your experience and self-care have helped a lot?

A: Honored. Grateful. Inspired. Overwhelmed. Humbled. (Repeat.)

Q: how can you be so f-cking pretty?

A: Genetics.

Q: Do you now or in the future see yourself starting a family and getting married..

A: It's not on my "to-do" list, but I wouldn't rule it out either.

Q: Willy you marry me??

A: No. But thank you.

Q: at this point in your life would you ever or are you considering writing an autobiography.?

A: Yes, I've considered/would consider it.

Q: how are you processing an entire day without any company and are you taking this "loneliness" as a taboo or a treasure?

A: "Treasure." The older I get, the more I find I prefer my own company. Which I take as a positive. A sign I'm learning to love myself. And that, IMO, is the work of a (or my) lifetime.

Q: I remember reading somewhere that you like to play board games. What's your favourite one?

A: "Mastermind" by Invicta Games. Also "Simon" by Milton Bradley.

Q: What's your favourite Hitchcock film and why?

A: "Shadow Of A Doubt." "SOAD" + Dracula + "The Stepfather" (1987 version) + We Have Always Lived In The Castle + assorted odds and ends = "Stoker"

Q: What are some good books to read? What do you want to read?

A: The Song Of Achilles by Madeline Miller (no relation) is on my nightstand. Unread (so far). But it came highly recommended.

Q: I just wondered if you had a favourite flower/plant?

A: I'm partial to roses. I like 'em sassy and shameless. Over-the-top.

Q: No question, just a thank you for coming out and saving lives by talking about saving yours.

A: To know my story is woven into other people's stories... which means theirs are woven into mine... that touches my heart.

Q: With Peter Capaldi retiring after this series, do you think you'd ever be open to playing the Doctor?

A: That's a "Doctor Who" question, right? I'll tell you a secret... just between us... onscreen and off... I have very little interest in time travel. Maybe it's because I've already spent so much of it "checked out?" Dwelling on the past and dreaming of the future? It feels like the challenge - the invitation and the work - is to be here now. In the present.

Q: how do you know when to trust your feelings and when not to?

A: I've heard the way to tell the difference between a "gut" response (trustworthy) and an emotional response (less trustworthy) is this: When it's your gut speaking to you, there's no emotion attached. Your gut is impartial. It's like getting advice from a (good) lawyer.

Q: who has been the most influential person in your life ?

A: Me.

Q: I'm currently watching everything you're in!!! So,ooo what are you watching?!

A: I don't watch much TV anymore. Except on planes. Then I'll watch "Big Bang Theory" back-to-back.

Q: When did you start singing?

A: I'd have to ask my mother. But I'm guessing the cradle?

Q: where would you like to travel and how ( backbag adventure to meet people ? Or hostel with everything planned? )?

A: Easter Island and "everything planned." (Apparently it's not the easiest place to get to.)

Q: what is your go to healthy snack.

A: Raisins and Fuji apples.

Q: Fruit on pizza - yay or nay?

A: Yay.

Q: do you cook?

A: No. But I did whip up a batch of hardboiled eggs last week.

Q: if you could change one thing either in current day or in the past what would it be and why?

A: I'd care (even) less what other people think.

Q: If you could choose a Shakespeare character to play, which one would be and why: Hamlet, Macbeth, King Lear, Julius Caesar...?

A: The answer is E: "None of the above." I enjoy a little Shakespeare from time to time, but only as an audience member.

Q: I start GCSE drama next year. I sometimes get very nervous around people, how do you calm yourself down when you get up in front of everyone?

A: You know, my acting coach used to say, "No one's going to pay money to watch you be comfortable." What people want is "uncomfortable." That's where the juice is. Actors have built entire (and very lucrative) careers out of being nervous, playing nervous, channeling nervous energy... "I'm the nervous guy!" (Or gal.) That can look comedic or dramatic or both. Who knows? "Nervous" might be your "thing." Instead of suppressing it or calming it, try stepping into it. Embracing it. Speaking and moving and creating from that (charged) place. You may find there's something there for you.

Q: as I just moved to LA to act, what do you find is the best way for you to get in touch with your vulnerability?

A: A tip I remember from class: Write down a secret you would never - like, ever - want anyone to know on a piece of paper. Put it in an envelope, seal it, then give it to your scene partner to keep in their pocket until the scene's over. You can also write something to/about your scene partner. "I love you." "You are without talent." Etc. (Hello, vulnerability.)

Q: Previously you have written that there exists, in you, a patriarchy, feeding your mind poisonous lies that change is impossible. Does there exist, in you, a matriarchy and if so, does it have a message for your inner activist?

A: I believe I said a "negative" patriarchy. Patriarchies can be negative or positive (IMO). Ditto matriarchies (IMO). (Side note: I've also spent time considering whether there exists, in me, alongside a streak of "toxic masculinity," one of "toxic femininity." And what that might look like.) Back to your question. I imagine my (positive) matriarchy might speak to me about the ways in which I can "mother" myself. For starters.

Q: do you currently suffer much prejudice?

A: No. I'm not conscious of suffering much in the way of (obvious) prejudice. Not compared to some. I'm (usually) able to navigate any number of spaces that the next person - because of their (perceived) race or (perceived) gender/sexuality or (perceived) state of mental health - cannot. Not without incident. #privilege

Q: I have no idea how to start writing a book about my experiences the stigma and the battle I fought and am fighting with PTSD, I have so much I want to share, I am an ex nurse, rebuilding my life in recovery. If you were me how would you start, there is book inside my head, but the lies myself doubt tells me stops me from moving on.

A: Chances are you've got various go-to stories you like to tell about your experiences. Pick one, get yourself a recording device (there are apps for that), pretend like you're talking to a friend, a patient, a family member... and tell them the story. What you've just recorded is what I like to think of as your authentic narrative voice. (One of them anyway. Stories can and will change significantly depending on your audience.) Write down exactly what came out of your mouth, edit it (or not), and you've got the first page (or five) of your book.

Q: This is not a question, I've already posted that but I have a need to send this simple greeting to you to tell you how much I miss you and that I hope that you're ok and that I love you very much.

A: Thank you. I miss you guys too. xox

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