SEATTLE — Newly out “Prison Break” star Wentworth Miller told an audience of Human Rights Campaign supporters last weekend that he attempted suicide as a teenager while struggling with his sexual orientation.
“The first time I tried to kill myself I was 15,” Miller said in the speech posted to YouTube this week. “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.”
“You only cry for help if there is help to cry for.”
Miller came out last month while declining an invitation to a film festival in St. Petersburg, Russia, citing the nation’s recently passed anti-gay laws. Miller was long rumored to be gay, but said he had feared the repercussions on his career if he were to come out.