Wentworth Miller, star of such small-screen hits as “Prison Break,” “The Flash” and “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow” took to Facebook on Monday (March 28) to share a very personal story.
After an Internet meme was created, showing a before and after image of the actor after putting on some pounds, Wentworth took to social media to discuss his previous struggles with depression and suicide.
“Today I found myself the subject of an Internet meme. Not for the first time.” Miller posts, “This one, however, stands out from the rest.” It’s the beginning of a very personal admission that the actor used to hold close to the chest.
“First and foremost, I was suicidal.” The actor continues, “This is a subject I’ve since written about, spoken about, shared about. But at the time I suffered in silence. As so many do. The extent of my struggle known to very, very few.”
Miller is referencing a time in his life post “Prison Break.” Being semi-retired from acting, Miller describes his 2010 existence as being “ashamed and in pain.” Stating that he’d struggled with depression since he was a child, he soon found solace in eating.
“And I put on weight. Big f–king deal,” Wentworth states.
It was at this time that the paparazzi nabbed photos of him, Miller says. “They took my picture, and the photos were published alongside images of me from another time in my career. “Hunk To Chunk.” “Fit To Flab.” Etc.”
Without stating straight away what measures he went to, the actor points to this moment as the straw that broke the camel’s back. Alluding to a suicide attempt, Miller says, “In 2010, fighting for my mental health, it was the last thing I needed. Long story short, I survived.”
Six years later, Wentworth Miller is enjoying a pretty successful television career. With FOX reviving “Prison Break” and “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow” gaining traction, the actor admits he’s glad these pictures still exist.
“Now, when I see that image of me in my red t-shirt, a rare smile on my face, I am reminded of my struggle,” Miller admits. “My endurance and my perseverance in the face of all kinds of demons. Some within. Some without. Like a dandelion up through the pavement, I persist.”
It’s a brave story and one that will no doubt bring hope to many of his social media followers who find themselves in a very similar place he once was in. Miller ends the post on a positive note, offering options for those suffering from depression and worse.
“If you or someone you know is struggling, help is available. Reach out. Text. Send an email. Pick up the phone,” Miller says. “Someone cares. They’re waiting to hear from you. Much love. – W.M. #koalas #inneractivist #prisonbroken”