“Prison Break” Star Wentworth Miller In 2007: “I’m Not Gay”

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Actor Wentworth Miller made headlines yesterday for coming out in a letter rejecting an invitation to the St. Petersburg Film Festival. “As a gay man, I must decline,” wrote the Prison Break star, who has been linked to Brothers & Sisters star Luke McFarlane in the past. “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.”

But six years ago, when his hit series, Prison Break, was on the air, Miller had a different story to tell:  “I’m not gay, but that rumor can’t be killed,” he told the Australian Associated Press “I know these rumors are out there … I’m cool with the fact that they exist, I mean this is about fantasy. Certain people are going to have certain fantasies, if someone wants to imagine me with a woman, or a man or one of each that’s cool with me as long as you keep watching the show.”

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That same year, Miller told Metro UK he longed to find a woman to make an honest man out of him: “I don’t get a lot of chance to date. But it’s definitely something—a wife and kids—that I’m looking forward to experiencing at some point in the very near future.”

Whether Miller faced pressure from the studio to keep his sexuality under wraps,  or the social climate is just more welcome now—or at 41, and focusing on screenwriting, he’s not so hung up on being a matinee idol—he’s not saying.

Still, we salute his honesty and activism. And so does Neil Patrick Harris, apparently



Dan Avery is a writer-editor who focuses on culture, breaking news and LGBT rights. His work has appeared in Newsweek, The New York Times, Time Out New York, The Advocate and elsewhere.