November 14, 2020 | Celeb Watch

Wentworth Miller is done with straight roles

Wentworth MillerActor Wentworth Miller announced that he will no longer take straight roles. In fact, he dropped out of the new season of Prison Break because his character is hetero.

“On a related note... I'm out. Of [Prison Break]. Officially,” he shared on Instagram. "“I just don't want to play straight characters. Their stories have been told (and told).”

He promised he was not leaving the show because of the years of abuse he has received online after coming out as gay. He came out in 2013, when he refused to take part in the annual St. Petersburg International Film Festival because of Russia's renewed attacks on the LGBT community.

When his latest post went viral, he added: "Am I saying gay actors (gay men, specifically) should only play gay parts? No. I was speaking for myself. At this point in my life/career, it's what feels interesting, inspiring, right.

"That said, do I want to see more gay parts played by gay actors? Yes. It makes a difference performance-wise (in my opinion), but also [because] straight actors playing "gay" centers straightness. Doesn't matter if they're "acting" - I still know what I'm looking at. (Does this dynamic exist on a spectrum with porn genres like "gay-for-pay" and the prioritization/fetishization of straight/"masc" men over gay/"femme" men in the gay community? Conversations for another time.)"

This will dramatically reduce the roles he'll be auditioning for, but hopefully we haven't seen the last of Miller.

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