The 'Prison Break' star shared a heartfelt post sharing some news about a health diagnosis he received recently.
Prison Break's actor Wentworth Miller opened up about his autism diagnosis in a heartfelt Instagram post. In the caption of the post, which consisted of a white, empty square, he wrote about how he recieved the formal diagnosis after one year of a "self-diagnosis."
"Like everyone, life in quarantine took things from me. But in the quiet/isolation, I found unexpected gifts," the 49-year-old actor started, "This fall marks 1 year since I received my informal autism diagnosis. Preceded by a self-diagnosis. Followed by a formal diagnosis."
Later on, he continued opening up about how hard it was for him as a middle-aged man to recognize and accept his diagnosis. "It was a long, flawed process in need of updating. IMO. I'm a middle-aged man. Not a 5-year-old. And (it's a "both/and") I recognize access to a diagnosis is a privilege many do not enjoy," he added, "Let's just say it was a shock. But not a surprise."
After accepting his privilege, the actor stated that he doesn't "want to run the risk of suddenly being a loud, ill-informed voice in the room" and added that "the autistic community (this I do know) has historically been talked over. Spoken for. I don't wish to do additional harm. Only to raise my hand, say, 'I am here. Have been (w/o realizing it).'" He already changed his Instagram bio to "autistic/neurodivergent."
The British actor is openly gay and came out in 2013, after publishing an open letter in which he rejected the invitation to the Saint-Petersburg International Film Festival due to the Russian law against homosexual advertisement. "I cannot participate in a celebration held by a country where people like me are systematically denied basic rights to live and love openly," he wrote at the time.
Also, during an event organized by the Human Rights Campaign in Seattle that same year, Wentworth opened up about his suicidal attempts during his adolescent years, and in 2016 he revealed he had suffered from depression for several years.