Wentworth Miller comes out, denounces Russia’s anti-gay laws
TORONTO – Actor Wentworth Miller has confirmed one of Hollywood’s worst-kept secrets: He’s gay.
The 41-year-old former Prison Break star came out in a letter to the director of the Petersburg International Film Festival, who invited him to attend this year’s event.
“As a gay man … I am deeply troubled by the current attitude toward and treatment of gay men and women by the Russian government,” Wentworth wrote to Maria Averbakh.
“The situation is in no way acceptable, and 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.”
Although he told InStyle magazine in 2007 that he is not gay – he was quoted saying: “I’d like to have a girlfriend and a family” — Miller had a well-documented relationship with London, Ont.-born actor Luke Macfarlane (currently starring in the made-in-Toronto comedy Satisfaction).
Miller has also been linked to Vancouver-born actor Tyron Leitso, with whom he co-starred in the 2002 TV movie Dinotopia. The two men reportedly reconnected in Toronto in 2009 while Miller was shooting Resident Evil: Afterlife and Leitso was starring in Being Erica.
Miller was born in England but moved to New York with his family when he was still an infant. He eventually settled in Los Angeles, where he landed roles on shows like Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Popular.
He played Michael Scofield on four seasons of Prison Break starting in 2005.
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