True to Yourself and Honest With Others: Wentworth Miller’s Journey


Actor Wentworth Miller of the Arrowverse and Prison Break hid a lot behind those dazzling eyes.   The Ivy graduate of Princeton University with a degree in English Literature acted his way through life, hiding that he way gay from the public for years.  Only recently did he speak of trying to kill himself by age 15.

The actor of African-American and Caucasian descent was born in England to American parents.  His father’s paternal side were immigrants from Jamaica and father’s maternal side very diverse including Dutch, French, Swedish, Lebanese and Syrian.  Miller’s mother’s side is Austrian and Polish.

With his fair, skin and light eyes, the very multi-cultural actor appears to most he may simply appear to simply be White but others question his identity.  Wentworth Miller states, “My experience is that I find myself having to constantly define myself to others, day-in, day-out. The quote that’s helped me the most through that is from Toni Morrison’s “Beloved” where she says, “Definitions belong to the definers, not the defined” – so I find myself defining myself for other people lest I be defined by others and stuck into some box where I don’t particularly belong”.