LGBT Superhero Wentworth Miller Shuts Down Fat Shamers

Wentworth Earl Miller III is the son of Joy Marie (Palm) and Wentworth Earl Miller II. His career he showed he could play a sexy Chris Redfield, a cold-hearted Captain Cold.

Born of Afr-Jamaican and African-American (as well as English and German) descent he attended Princeton University with a Bachelor’s in English Literature. He pursued a career in Hollywood landing small roles in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, ER, and Popular.

He had a small role in the action film Underworld as Dr. Adam before landing his hit role on FOX’s Prison Break as Michael Scofield. He continued to land different roles in films like Resident Evil: Afterlife where he played the hunky Chris Redfield from the Resident Evil video games.

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Wentworth Miller as Chris Redfield in Resident Evil: Afterlife

In 2013, he was the voice actor of Slade Wilson aka Deathstroke for the TV series Young Justice.

It wasn’t until August 2013, that Miller finally came out after he declined an invitation to a Russian film festival when they country passed a series of anti-gay laws.

“I am deeply troubled by the current attitude toward and treatment of gay men and women by the Russian government,” he writes. “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.”

He later talked about coming out in public during the Human Rights Campaign’s Seattle Dinner. “I feel more fully expressed,” he told Details magazine. “After Prison Break, I came to grips with the fact that my public persona was in misalignment with how I actually felt. I was out to a handful of people in my twenties, and once I hit 30, I was out to family and friends. But professionally, I was feeding a fantasy. I created this air of ‘We don’t address that thing.'”Miller is a huge comic book fan and he got to become Leonard Snart aka Captain Cold on the DC series The Flash before his character got a spin-off series in The Legends of Tomorrow.

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Wentworth Miller as Leonard Snart (Captain Cold) WB

“Playing Captain Cold is probably the most fun I’ve had as an actor because not only is he a bad guy, but he’s got edge, a sense of humor,” Miller said. “He’s not responsible for doing the expositional heavy lifting. He’s kind of a spice character: he comes in, does a little dance and then exits.”

In 2016, he recently posted up on his Facebook that many people can relate to. When he saw a meme of himself posted regarding his weight gain after a short hiatus, he opened up even more about the struggle with suicidal thoughts.

What I love about Wentworth Miller is that even though he’s standing up for LGBT rights and defends anyone who may be overweight for whatever reason, he’s doesn’t generalize. It speaks from his perspective. In another post he explained why he does this.

This is why I don’t claim to be a “voice for the voiceless.” I may stand closer to the megaphone than some, but when I speak, I speak for myself. About myself. If what I say resonates with the next person, reflects some part of their story, great. But sooner or later I’m going to say something that’s true for me and me alone. And I reserve that right. My survival – rooted in self-expression, in sharing my truth, in my own time and way – depends on it. So when it comes to mental health, I make it clear: I don’t speak for other people. And they don’t speak for me. Because that would be impossible. Unless they happen to be a 45-year-old gay man of mixed race born in the UK, raised in Brooklyn, and their name is “Wentworth Miller.”

Thanks, Wentworth Miller for doing what’s right and still being humble about it.

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