When I got to college, acting suddenly seemed like a very risky proposition and all my friends were going to law school or med school or Wall Street.
You might look at my CV and see I`ve had 12 jobs, but I`ve been to over 450 auditions so I`ve heard `no` a lot more than I`ve heard `yes`. So if I go in looking only to meet my own standards, then that will make taking that rejection a little bit easier. And when I do get that job it will seem like icing on the cake.
The show is completely preposterous. But that aside, it`s a great ride.
"My experience is that I find myself having to constantly define myself to others, day-in, day-out. The quote that`s helped me the most through that is from Toni Morrison`s "Beloved" where she says, "Definitions belong to the definers, not the defined" - so I find myself defining myself for other people lest I be defined by others and stuck into some box where I don`t particularly belong".
My father is black and my mother is white. Therefore, I could answer to either, which kind of makes me a racial Lone Ranger, caught between two communities.
"I`m kind of a dork. I don`t have much game. I`m not particularly comfortable in bars or clubs. I much prefer being home playing Scrabble, having dinner with a couple friends, going to see a movie, or losing a whole weekend to Season 14 of "Law & Order" (1990) or "The Simpsons" (1989).
"I made a decision not to work out because I`m lazy and also, the character is not a superhero. I didn`t want him to be a buff guy with Jackie Chan moves because the point is he`s smarter than your average Joe" - on playing "Michael Scofield" with his regular physique.
When asked what character from literature he would like to play: "Well, if we can expand the definition of literature to include comic books, I`d definitely love a crack at "General Zod" from "Superman". So I`m hoping that Bryan Singer makes a sequel to the "Superman" that`s coming out and casts me" (TV Guide, April 10-16,2006).
I have a little fantasy where in the last episode of the season, we slip into the prison`s sewer system, up through the grate, and pop out a hatch - and we`re face to face with Matthew Fox and spend season 2 on a tropical beach - jokingly linking his show, "Prison Break" (2005) to "Lost" (2004).
There`s so much we can`t express in our day-to-day interaction with people because it`s considered inappropriate. And acting is all about being inappropriate.
You have to love what you do, and you have to need it like you need air. And there`s nothing else that would give me the same degree of satisfaction as acting, which is why I can`t walk away from it.
Nobody`s ever asked me to pay for a meal before I`ve eaten it, I`ve never been pulled over just because I was driving the wrong kind of car in the wrong kind of area at the wrong time of night.
I`ve been spoiled by this project. I was given the script and went in to read, realizing that this was a powerful story and one that wasn`t told very often.
A racial community provides not only a sense of identity, that luxury of looking into another`s face and seeing yourself reflected back, but a sense of security and support.
If I were to wait only for roles that clarify my racial makeup, I`d be waiting for a very, very long time.
You`re confronted with the quandary: do I grind things to a halt? Ideally you would, but I have better things to do than educate people.
You develop a lot of scars, being interracial.
I worked with the same trainer that worked with Denzel Washington in THe Hurricane. It was three months of training, five days a week, 4 to 5 hours a day. This was followed by a month of choreography.
I`m pretty much a couch potato.
Everyone has their challenges.
In the 1940s, race imposed many limitations.
They told me at the end of that test that they wanted me to be a part of this project. I walked out and had a moment of clarity where I thought, not many people will ever have this moment.
I have a little fantasy where in the last episode of the season, we slip into the prison`s sewer system, up through the grate, and pop out a hatch - and we`re face to face with Matthew Fox and spend season 2 on a tropical beach. - jokingly linking his show, "Prison Break" (2005) to "Lost" (2004).
I rented every Anthony Hopkins film available. And Hopkins met me halfway, like they put a mole on his left temple like the one I have. Hopkins was able to watch home movies of me when I was younger as well.
This role is more visible, and I grew up without a lot of that sort of modeling so I`m relieved and proud to have done this film.
I feel extremely lucky, extremely grateful, and a little bittersweet, too.
Four months of preparation and about 12 hours of shooting turned into about 30 seconds of screen time.
My encounters with racism are sort of second-hand situations where I might be standing around with a group of white friends and someone makes a comment that they wouldn`t make at my family reunion.
I`ve been spared to a large extent the business end of the race stick.
There has to be a measure of faith. That`s what this business is all about: trusting in something that may never show up, that you have no concrete proof of.
Wentworth: I have to laugh internally when I`m asked in interviews what nightspots I like to hit. I just don`t have answers... So sometimes I make them up.
Wentworth: (on rumors he is gay) I’m cool with the fact that the rumors exist. Certain people are going to have certain fantasies. If someone wants to imagine me with a woman, or a man, or one of each, that’s cool with me as long as you keep watching the show.
Wentworth: (asked if he cooks) I can toast Pop Tarts. That’s really about the extent of it. Actually, I do have one dish I can make - spaghetti and meat sauce. I thought I was so clever the day I decided to add a can of salsa to a jar of Prego to make a kind of Mexican-Italian bolognaise sauce. I thought it was great. My friends didn’t agree.
Wentworth (about style): My definition of cool is finding your own definition of cool and not necessarily taking your lead from what other people tell you or from what you might read from magazines or see on TV. It’s finding something in your life, in your wardrobe that feels comfortable for you. That feels right for you, and for me, that means being fairly casual about the way that I dress. A lot of jeans, T-shirts and ah Khakis
Wentworth: (asked how he describes his mixed heritage): I say I’m of mixed race and if they ask for specifics, I rattle off the details: my mother is Russian, French, Syrian, Lebanese and Dutch; my father is African-American, Jamaican, English, German and Cherokee.
Wentworth (about education in schools): While you`re at school, I think it`s important to take advantage of everything that your school has to offer. I think it`s a mistake for an English Major to just focus on English. The whole point of a College Education is to expose yourself to as many different disciplines and influences as possible, because you never know where you will find something that provides some kind of inspiration for your work. I know personally, that as an actor, I can be inspired by a painting or piece of music or a book that I`ve read.
Wentworth Miller (about Prison Break): Each episode is going to have a number of puzzles for viewers to solve, and there are six or seven different subplots swirling around. It`s really going to be something that rewards the attentive and patient viewer.
Wentworth (on his low-maintenance short hair look): I`ve been shaving my head on and off for years, but for a low-maintenance look, it takes a lot of maintenance – I have to cut it twice a week!
Wentworth (on the media`s effect on his career): So many doors have opened for me that I really can`t complain.
Wentworth Miller (about his career): In my career as an actor, there is a catchphrase that Scofield always says often in regards to his brother, `Have a little faith.’ In my own career as an actor, there were times when I was the only one who believed in myself in the face of the odds
Wentworth Miller (about Human Stain): I liked the script, Human Stain, a lot because it resonated with me as a minority. I thought I knew a lot of the subtext of what was going on with this character.
Wentworth: Dominic told me about the surfing because he`s obsessed with surfing – it`s in his blood. I think he needs to hit the water with his board once every couple of weeks or else he goes crazy. That was all useless to me because I grew up in Brooklyn, New York and surfing is not part of our culture!
Wentworth: In my own career as an actor there were times when I felt as though I was the only one who believed that I could make a success of it. I was the only one who was giving myself any kind of support. And in the face of those odds, in the face of a business that seemed careless and indifferent to what I had to offer I chose to keep putting one foot in front of the other, largely because I couldn`t think of anything better to do. I didn`t have the plan B that Michael Scofield would have had.
Wentworth: (on what he thinks of the Hollywood scene): I feel as though we`re living in a time where there is very little distinction paid between the personal and the professional. I know a lot of actors in my generation seem to be out there at the parties, in the clubs and their personal lives become in some respects more interesting and captivating than their work. For me the reverse is due, I think of myself as a very simple perhaps even boring individual.
Wentworth (on being the new face of Bean Pole Jeans): I`m very pleased with being a part of the Bean Pole family. It`s a relationship that makes sense to me. I`m very pleased to have my name associated with Bean Pole Jeans.
Wentworth (on what qualities he finds attractive in a woman): Confidence is at the root of so many attractive qualities, a sense of humor, a sense of style, a willingness to be who you are no matter what anyone else might think or say and it`s true, I do have a certain fondness for women that have dark hair.
Wentworth (on his favorite personal feature): I hope we all have some features that we are particularly proud of. For me; my eyes are my favorite feature.
Wentworth (on his social and love life): I`ve had a few dates that I was able to squeeze in here and there. The truth of the matter is, I`m working 14-hour-days and that doesn`t leave you too much time to socialize--which can be lonely sometimes. I`d love to settle down and have a wife and kids, but not right now. There are things I want to achieve before I do that.
Wentworth (on whether or not his love life has improved since becoming an actor) I feel at a disadvantage - people think they know you. I was disappointed when I realized they were more interested in talking to Michael Scofield. If that`s what they`re attracted to, that`s not what I have to offer.
Wentworth (on his parents not being supportive, at first, of him becoming an actor): All they knew was that I didn`t have a job, I wasn’t getting out of bed in the morning at a respectful hour and I didn`t have a steady pay. So they were fearful on my behalf.