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'Prison Break's Wentworth Miller Says He Tried Committing Suicide Over Being Gay

'Prison Break' star Wentworth Miller, who publicly came out of the closet last month in a letter slamming Russia's new anti-LGBT legislation, says he tried to commit suicide "more than once" in his teens.

"The first time I tried to kill myself I was 15," he said at a Human Rights Campaign gala in Seattle. "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."

"Growing up I was a target. Speaking the right way, standing the right way, holding your wrist the right way. Every day was a test and there was a thousand ways to fail," he said. "A thousand ways to portray yourself to not live up to someone else's standards of what was accepted."

He recalled promoting the Fox drama while trying to hide his sexuality.

"I had multiple opportunities to speak my truth, which is that I was gay, but I chose not to," he said. "I was out privately to family and friends but publicly, I was not."

"I chose to lie -- when I thought about the possibility of coming out, how that might impact me and the career I worked so hard for, I was filled with fear."

Since 'Prison Break', the actor has taken to screenwriting. He wrote the screenplay for the film 'Stoker' under the pseudonym Ted Foulke so that he could release his work without any expectations.

September 9, 2013 |

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