Wentworth Miller revealed he attempted suicide when he was 15-years-old over his once-closeted sexuality at a human rights gala in Seattle, Washington.
The Prison Break actor, who is now 41, was a guest speaker at the Human Rights Campaign Dinner on Saturday night, when he made his first public appearance since revealing his sexuality in a letter protesting Russia’s treatment of gay people.
He shocked the black tie wearing crowd by revealing his efforts to hide his homosexuality as a teen led him to a very dark place. Miller revealed, “The first time I tried to kill myself I was 15. I waited until my family went away for the weekend and I was alone in the house.”
The actor popped a lot of pills and admitted he had no recollection of the next couple of days, adding, “I’m pretty sure, come Monday morning, I was on the bus back to school pretending everything was fine. When someone asked me if that was a cry for help, I said no, because I told no one. You only cry for help if you believe there’s help to cry for.”
Miller also opened up about the issues faced as a closeted working actor in Hollywood – on a hit television show. He added, “I gave thousands of interviews. I had multiple opportunities to speak my truth, which is that I was gay, but I chose not to. I chose to lie… I was filled with fear.”