In your life you sometimes meet people, maybe famous people, who make such a wonderful impression on you. Not only because they are maybe famous but also because of who they are. You never really get to know them, but sometimes you are able to catch a glimpse of his or her personality.
July 7th 2011 – A day I will never forget. It was a rainy and cold day and yes it was summer. The centre of my universe that day was, one man, Wentworth Miller. He is best known of his role as Michael Scofield in the hitseries ‘Prison Break’. ‘Prison Break’ might sound familiar to some of you. About 2 brothers who would do anything for each other. That still is one of my favorite shows (besides Grey’s Anatomy), which came to an end a few years ago. I only have one favorite actor and that is Wentworth Miller.
Meeting Wentworth Miller was one of the most wonderful and ‘I can’t believe it’ moments of my life. He was in Belgium to film the American remake of the Belgian movie ‘The Loft’, which should come out in the near future. Being able to meet someone like Wentworth, who was at that time a famous person in the US, was overwhelming. I had somekind of an image in my head of him. A calm, kind, well dressed,… man who didn’t do his job to be famous but because he loves it. When I met him that day he was exactly as I imagined him to be. So nice to his fans, so calm, so down to earth. A lovely man who takes time to greet his fans. It’s an unforgettable moment. It was a dream come true and it still is.
Why am I writing this now?
In August, Wentworth Miler came out as gay. There were always rumors about him being gay, but that didn’t matter to me. In the end he is still the same person to me. However, I think it’s very brave the way he came out. It was definitely unexpected, but extremely powerful. He came out by writing a letter to the St. Petersburg International Film Festival, declining their invitation, because of their attitude toward and treatment of gay men and women by the Russian government.
However, as a gay man, I must decline”
Wilson Cruz describes it as ‘Wentworth’s bold show of support sends a powerful message to LGBT Russians, who are facing extreme violence and persecution: you are not alone.’ I think what Wentworth Miller did was brave.
I was shocked in a way, when he shared his story behind his coming out decision at the Human Rights Campaign’s Seattle dinner. It was so honest, so brave, so heartfelt,… I was literally speechless!!
“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 standards of what was accepted, of what was normal. … 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, and I swallowed a bottle of pills. I don’t remember what happened over the next couple of days, but I’m pretty sure come Monday morning I was on the bus back to school, pretending everything was fine. And when someone asks me if that was a cry for help, I’d say, ‘No.’ You only cry for help if you believe there’s help to cry for. And I didn’t need it, I wanted out.”
As Michael Scofield (Wentworth Miller) once said:
‘Be the change you want to see in the world‘.