He’s spoken candidly about depression, defended himself against body shaming and now Wentworth Miller has delivered an inspirational message to the LGBT community.
Speaking to Attitude magazine as he’s named its Man of the Year, the 44-year-old actor reassured those struggling with their sexuality that it gets easier with time.
The star – who will make his television comeback as part of next year’s Prison Break reboot – said: “I would say what others have said: it gets better one day, you’ll find your tribe.”
“You just have to trust that people are out there waiting to love you and celebrate you for who you are,” he continued.
Acknowledging that coming to terms with one’s sexuality can be an isolating experience, Wentworth encouraged members of the LGBT community to focus on self-love first.
“In the meantime, the reality is you might have to be your own tribe. You might have to be your own best friend. That’s not something they’re going to teach you in school. So start the work of loving yourself.”
The Golden Globe nominee publicly came out as gay in 2013 after challenging Russia’s treatment of LGBT individuals.
If we remember correctly, Tuesdays nights were filled with Grey's Anatomy, Desperate Housewives and Prison Break – our favourite one of all.
For years, we used to watch protagonist Michael Scofield battle the law and come up with genius ideas of how to escape – and now, we get to watch him do it all over again.
This year, Fox are doing a Prison Break reboot which will see Michael trying to escape from a Middle Eastern prison.
It seems to pick up from where it left off in 2009 – with Michael dead – so we're really interested to find out how they bring him back to life.
The reboot is expected to air for nine episodes and nearly all of the original cast are returning. Yay!
We're super excited about this.
The LAD Bible posted a (since-deleted) meme fat-shaming Prison Break star Wentworth Miller yesterday, and since then he has addressed it by opening up about his suicidal past.
The 43-year-old explained on a Facebook post that the 2010 picture of his fuller figure was taken during "the lowest point in my adult life.
"I was looking everywhere for relief/comfort/distraction. And I turned to food,'" the actor shared.
"It could have been anything. Drugs. Alcohol. Sex. But eating became the one thing I could look forward to. Count on to get me through. There were stretches when the highlight of my week was a favourite meal and a new episode of TOP CHEF. Sometimes that was enough. Had to be. And I put on weight. Big f***ing deal.
"Now, when I see that image of me in my red t-shirt, a rare smile on my face, I am reminded of my struggle. My endurance and my perseverance in the face of all kinds of demons…Like a dandelion up through the pavement, I persist."
Wentworth has urged others to seek help with depression and speak openly about it to stop the stigma.
The star is back on track and filming a nine-episode Prison Break event series with Dominic Purcell next month in Vancouver.
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