For the second time since coming out in August – for real this time – gay “Prison Break” hottie Wentworth Miller stepped into hero territory by putting a global cause in personal terms.
On Aug. 21, Miller made headlines when came out as gay while turning down a Russian film festival due to that country’s anti-gay law. Just over two weeks later, the actor, model and Mariah video stud goes deeper, sharing his own “It Gets Better” story with a packed HRC Seattle Gala – and thanks to video, with the rest of the world.
The most dramatic moment (above) in Miller’s Saturday speech comes when he speaks starkly and frankly about multiple attempts to take his own life when trying to act straight became too difficult.
“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 were a thousand ways to fail. A thousand ways to betray yourself. To not live up to someone else's standard of what was acceptable, what was normal. And when you failed the test, which was guaranteed, there was a price to pay. ... Like many of you, I paid that price.”
The video snagged by TMZ continues in two more parts. It goes on to discuss heroism, setting an example, being filled with fear while in the closet, and homophobia in Russia. Watch: