Wentworth Miller: 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.
Wentworth (on the tattoo artwork): It`s like wearing flypaper and when the weather heats up, your shirt will stick to you like Saran Wrap.
Wentworth: 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
Wentworth (on working out for Prison Break): 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.
ball" with incredible character actors. When you`re sharing screen time with Robert Knepper, Wade Williams, or Peter Stormare, you`re just along for the ride. I remember watching Law & Order and thinking that Sam Waterston served up amazing work episode after episode. I told my representation to forget about feature films--if I can get a series, how satisfying will that be? You`re working with people you admire, and you`re on every week being appreciated. It`s like winning the lottery. One in a million.
Wentworth (when asked if any of the tattoos he had on the show were real.): No. It`s really not my thing, but it is a treat to become someone who`s 50 percent tattooed. The whole pleasure of being an actor is trying out things you don`t have to take home with you at night
Wentworth: 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 and Order or The Simpsons
Wentworth: I think the character I play (on Prison Break) is potentially sexy
Wentworth: I haven’t been working out in a while, I appreciate that it (the tattoo) adds shading and contours where there are none.
Wentworth (on his character in Prison Break): Michael was a success in his pre-prison life. He had a career, friends, girlfriends, and yet he was willing to throw that away and go to jail to save his brother. That`s not something your average Joe would do.
Wentworth (on Prison Break): There are deeper emotional and psychological issues at work here.
Wentworth (about filming the first season of Prison Break in an actual prison): The strange thing is, you get used to it. There is a pervasive atmosphere of gloom and doom, but sometimes you’re outside in the prison yard and the grass is green and the sun is shining and you’re hanging out with the cast and crew and you forget. You’re having a good time. And then you’ll suddenly remember that if you were an actual inmate, you’d only be outside for an hour a day
Wentworth: A great book provides escapism for me. The artistry and the creativity in a story are better than any drugs.
Wentworth: I feel extremely lucky, extremely grateful, and a little bittersweet, too.
Wentworth: 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.
Wentworth (on Prison Break): I don`t feel any particular pressure to be the cute one. That`s Dominic`s territory.
Wentworth (on the set of Prison Break): There`ll be moments when I`m out in the prison yard, chatting with the cast and the crew, getting ready to shoot a scene. And then I`ll remember if I were actually an inmate, I`d only be out there an hour. The other 23 hours of the day, I`d be in my cell. It`s kind of a downer.
Wentworth: I have a thing for Reese`s Peanut Butter Cups. I`m not a fan of the Pieces. I think they try too hard.
Wentworth: I`ve been told it`s a good idea to moisturize. And drink lots of water. And eat Peanut Butter cups.
Wentworth (when asked what character from literature he would 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
Wentworth: The show is completely preposterous. But that aside, it`s a great ride.
Wentworth (on Dominic Purcell): I think he has been pretty Americanised. He doesn`t have an accent on camera or off. He is someone I have a world of respect for. He takes his craft very seriously. It wasn`t difficult at all to imagine him as an older brother that I might look up to, on many levels. He brings a certain kind of brooding intensity to the proceedings. I have been back and forth with friends about the difference between Australian men of my generation and American men of my generation and the difference seems to be maturity. Many of my contemporaries appear to be boys compared to the Australians.
Wentworth (on how he plans to spend Christmas 2006): My youngest sister is living down in Australia. (Miller told AAP from the Dallas set of Prison Break.) I thought I`d kill three birds with one stone and get down to Australia. I can spend some time with loved ones over the holidays, visit a place I`ve always wanted to visit and do a little press for the show.
Wentworth (on his plans in Australia over the Christmas holiday period): My sister just came back from Uluru with tales of kangaroos and the beauty of the area and she has a number of other day trips planned. She and her friends have been very good about organising road trips and helping me explore what Australia has to offer. Half of my fascination with Australia is it seems to have the largest concentration of deadly creatures in and out of the water.
Wentworth (some of the show`s biggest fans are inmates who watch “Prison Break” in jail): From what I`ve heard there are certain prisons where they are not allowed to watch the show because the prison is worried inmates may get the wrong idea. But, in other prisons I hear inmates rearrange their work details so they can be in their cells to watch our show every week. I`ve also received a lot of requests for headshots from inmates which I understand will get them a pack of smokes or two on the black market.
Wentworth (on Chiggers): Chiggers are a bug that bites you and then burrows underneath your skin and stays there. There`s no way of getting them out. You have to buy nail polish and cover the inflamed spot with a dab of the nail polish. That seals the pores of your skin, which denies the chiggers oxygen. They suffocate, die, eventually dissolve and disperse into your bloodstream. I have had about 20 of them up and down my legs. We were shooting out in the woods and I neglected to coat my ankles in sulphur which was the only thing that keeps them at bay. I went home looking like a pizza from the legs down.
Wentworth (his impressions of Australia while on a promotional tour): I wish I could stay longer. My impression (of Australia) is ... this cool civilisation sort of perched on the edge of shark-infested waters and scorpion-filled deserts. It`s got this great kind of mixture between civilisation and wilderness.
Wentworth: (on forming a strong relationship with his on-screen brother, Aussie actor Dominic Purcell) If you don`t buy that there`s that fraternal bond, which is central to the story, the whole thing falls apart. He`s like every kid`s fantasy of what every big brother should be. Tall, big, large and willing to kick arse if necessary.
Wentworth (on the similarities between him and his "Prison Break" character): Michael is various facets of me taken to an illogical level.
Wentworth (on his sexuality): No, I`m not gay, I know these rumors are out there, I`m cool with the fact that they exist, I mean this is about fantasy, 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 (on people posting as him on "Myspace"): ...And the fact is I`ve never been on myspace. People posing as me is a little unsettling, a little frightening... it disturbs me on a profound level.
Wentworth (on his "Prison Break" character): I admire Michael for what he is doing but I would never do what he is attempting to do. I would never secrete pills in my arm and then slice it open later to get at them.
Interviewer: What does Wentworth look for in a woman?
Wentworth: I believe that confidence is the key to many things. One can talk about a sense of humour or style but the most attractive aspect of a woman is her confidence; that she feels comfortable in her own skin. Ideally, I would like to find a woman that understands what it is like to be with an actor without being an actress herself. I want a woman who keeps my feet on the ground and holds my hand while I am off going around in circles. Like somebody who works in the accounting department of a film
company. (laughs) ...
Wentworth: L.A. has been my home for the last ten years. I`ve come to like it a lot. But it`s very much about the entertainment industry, and it can be a little incestuous. That`s what I liked most about working in Chicago -- not everyone I met was somehow connected with the business. Not everyone had a stack of headshots in the backseat of their car. Not everyone was working on a script.
(On his favorite show of all time)
Wentworth: I have too many to pick just one. Different shows have meant different things to me at various times in my life. For pure nostalgic value, I’d have to go with `The Muppet Show.` When I was a kid you could bet that come Monday night at 7:30, I’d be sitting an inch away from the TV screen, ready for Kermit and company to lay it on me
Wentworth (if he wasnt starring in Prison Break): I`d love to be on Law & Order or maybe do voice work for The Simpsons. I`d be happy anywhere, just as long as I was surrounded by really talented people and working on material that inspired me.
Wentworth: It was never about the money. Because acting for me, at its best, you`re working on a project that touches you in some way...There`s a kind of thrill that comes along with that that I have not been able to find anywhere else. So even if I had to go back to temping, even if this is not the beginning of an amazing career, I would not regret making that jump
(If he watches American Idol)
Wentworth: Actually, I`ve never seen American Idol but I am grateful to them. That show is one of Fox`s biggest moneymakers, and some of that money goes to pay for shows like Prison Break. Simon Cowell`s been signing my paychecks and for that I say thanks
Wentworth: I`m not sure if it`s a function of the character I play or the quality of fans the show has but they seem to be a respectful, well-behaved group. I was going to a chat show in New York when the car was surrounded by fans who wouldn`t let us out until we gave autographs. I`m enjoying it, though.
Wentworth: I hadn`t worked for a year when I had my Prison Break audition and it was the easiest audition I`ve ever had. I got the script on Friday, went to the audition on Monday and got the part on Tuesday. I was shooting the pilot a week later. I didn`t have time to be nervous - it happened so quickly.
Wentworth: I have people calling my agent asking which myspace page is mine and there are about a dozen.
Wentworth: Robert Knepper (T-Bag) gets a lot of racy fan mail, actually. People find his character arousing.. and Amaury Nolasco (Sucre) gets a lot of pats on the back and bear hugs, as though he’s everybody’s best friend. People tend to be much more formal with me, so I get a lot of polite handshakes from fans of the show.
Wentworth: Many people hesitate before talking to an actor, but my character has received a lot of mail (and some of them using steamy language.) My character has had more success than I have had (laughs). When I am walking down the street, women ask me for my autograph, a kiss and take pictures with their cell phones.
Wentworth: I`m a private person, but that implies that I`m sitting on a mountain of secrets. The fact is, I`m a fairly quiet person. I have to laugh internally when I`m asked in interviews what nightspots I like to hit. I just don`t have answers for those questions. So sometimes I make them up.
(During breaks on the set of Prison Break)
Wentworth: I`d like to say none of us dives for our BlackBerries and iPods when they yell "Cut!" but we do (laughs). We have become very much like a fraternity. There are some practical jokes but more with the quick one-liners. We all pretty much know each other by now and we know what buttons to push.
During filming the movie Human Stain)
Wentworth: I went out and 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.
Wentworth: Michael Scofield is someone everyone can relate to, but nobody would want to be in his shoes.
Wentworth (speaking on Robert Knepper): It actually disturbs him when he`s out on the street and just minding his own business and people kinda grab their kids and run in the opposite direction. He`s really a sweetheart."
Wentworth: I want to aspire to something like what Denzel Washington does, which is try to find scripts written for white actors - or Jodie Foster, who reads scripts for male actors.
Wentworth: It`s hard to establish an exercise regime given the hours we work. Plus, I made the decision that my character, Michael, wasn`t going to be particularly built, that the only thing he had going for him was his smarts. So that he was, in fact, physically vulnerable. I let Dominic Purcell bear the brunt of the big action-hero, muscle-bound thing. Michael can continue to be the brains of the situation.
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