Today in Wentworth Miller News

Spotlight on Wentworth Miller

Wentworth Miller doesn’t want overnight success — The ”Prison Break” star says he’s ”the nicest guy in Hollywood”
by Dan Snierson

”This article had better not begin, ‘My phone rings, it’s Wentworth Miller calling me from the back of an air-conditioned limo,”’ warns Wentworth Miller, calling from the back of an air-conditioned limo. ”’I’m the nicest guy in Hollywood, I swear!’ he says, his voice resonant with sincerity. ‘Anyone who says otherwise is a f—ing liar.”’

Actually, it’s hard to know exactly how to start a story about the intensely handsome star of Fox’s hit drama Prison Break. As Michael Scofield — a brilliant structural engineer-turned-inmate who busts his wrongly convicted brother out of death row — he’s a study in inscrutability. As Wentworth Miller…he can still be pretty hard to read. Even those who love working with him describe him as ”very private” or ”a cipher.” So let’s just begin with Breakout Boy explaining why he’d rather not walk down the red carpet that the media have rolled out for him.

”I wouldn’t describe myself as a people person,” says the 34-year-old actor. ”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.”

Some unfabricated facts about Miller: 1. He speaks in a hypnotic, classical-DJ voice, his speech teeming with words like asunder. (”He’s an amazing, intelligent guy,” testifies Amaury Nolasco, who plays cellmate Sucre. ”At the beginning when I talked to him, I felt like I was taking the SATs all over again.”) 2. He’s been to only one concert: a David Gray show. (”I’m going to come across as some sort of bubble boy, I know it,” Miller mock-moans.) 3. Raised in Brooklyn with firm discipline by a lawyer/educator dad and special-ed-teacher mom, he attended Princeton University, where he sang baritone in an a cappella group. ”I was so busy doing what was expected of me that I never stopped to consider what I expected of myself,” Miller notes. ”So, especially in my 20s, I was dismantling the budding bureaucrat that I was on my way to becoming.”

That process included moving to L.A. after graduation in 1995 and toiling as a PA and a temp between auditions. Eventually he scored a guest role as a swimmer on Buffy the Vampire Slayer (”largely because I had a shaved head, I think”), as well as gigs on ER and Popular. His big moment was to arrive with 2003’s The Human Stain — in which he played a younger version of Anthony Hopkins’ character in flashbacks. Instead, the movie fizzled and he didn’t work for nearly two years. ”It was like I stepped off the pavement and into the desert,” he recalls. ”As rocky as that road was, I learned a lot about endurance and patience and discipline.”

And ultimately redemption. After a captivating last-minute audition for Prison Break, Miller was sentenced to the former maximum-security penitentiary in Joliet, Ill., where season 1 was filmed. ”It’s like playing cops and robbers when you were a kid, and now you’re getting paid for it,” says Miller. ”I wish I had a nickel for every scrape and scratch and bruise and bandage — oh wait, I do!”

He has, however, passed up some extra nickels in the form of easy-paycheck movie offers. ”I don’t put pressure on myself to strike while the iron is hot,” he explains. ”I can crank out three really crap movies on my hiatus and cash in and be done when the show is over, or I can hold out for those amazing projects — you know, be number 12 on the call sheet and have my one scene with Glenn Close.” So instead of shooting The Hills Have Fast and Furious Eyes on his hiatus, he spent some time road-tripping from Chicago to L.A., and later to Dallas, where season 2 is being lensed. ”There’s an anonymity on the road,” he says. ”You could play that old game of changing your accent every time you pull into a new Waffle House…. If you decide to take that left instead of the right, maybe no one will hear from you again. It’s kind of scary. But exciting.” His partners in TV crime know that he prefers the path less traveled. ”He’s very wise — not your standard It Boy,” offers Dominic Purcell, who plays Michael’s death-row bro, Lincoln. ”It wouldn’t surprise me if Wentworth gave the business up tomorrow and became a writer.”

That probably won’t happen (though Miller has penned a treatment for ”a love story with a Hitchcock twist…a cross between The Stepfather with Terry O’Quinn, Shadow of a Doubt, and the Count Dracula mythology”). Besides, the self-described ”ruthless perfectionist” has much work to do. ”If I had to grade my skill set on a scale of 1 to 10, I’d probably give myself a 4,” he volunteers. ”I don’t think I’m being particularly harsh, because I started out at a negative 4. So really, I’ve come a long way.” Nothing inscrutable about that.

Wentworth Miller’s Must List
From retro rock to rocking-chair love stories, the actor reveals his eclectic tastes.

Charlotte Rampling
”My latest crush. I saw Swimming Pool not too long ago, and her performance was frank and fierce.”

Journey’s Greatest Hits 1988
”I was actually turned on to Journey by Amaury [Nolasco], my cellmate on the show. Better late than never.”

Eleanor & Abel 2003
”A love story [by Annette Sanford] starring septuagenarians. It’s so good you wonder why they haven’t made it into a movie.”

The Cello Suites, Yo-Yo Ma 1998
”There’s something about a cello and the violin that’s melancholy and suggestive. It’s helpful when tackling a scene that requires those elements.”

Strangers With Candy 1999-2000
”I will never look at snack cakes the same way again. Amy Sedaris is a genius.”

Talking to him is like taking the SATs all over again, LMAO. That Amaury. Are we going to have some Vampire action in this project? Only if Went will star, and writhe around on the floor in agony shirtless and bleeding after the fateful bite. Oh please please Went…do it for me! Thanks for the link anon 9:57!

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  1. Anon

    My pleasure, WFW , but you haven´t posted Went´s “must list”, didn´t you notice? It´s at the end of the article

  2. Wet For Went

    I fixed it! I was moving too fast, lol. Dammit, back to work…

  3. Anonymous

    I LOVE JOURNEY! The fact that Amaury turned Went onto the greatest hits album makes it even sweeter. My personal favorite: “Don’t Stop Believing” – yeah, that I’ll ever meet Went. It’s bound to happen one day – cue “Faithfully.” 🙂

  4. Anonymous

    I want to dirty dance all night long with Amaury, get sloppy wasted with Dom (he’s Australian, so you know it’s in his blood), and go home with Went, who’ll read to me from his “favorites” list. Ahh, that voice, those eyes, that ass.

  5. Anonymous

    “nicest guy in hollywood”….Well I guess he forgot about the time he was at the Teen Choice awards with a stick-up-his-ass and was rude to Jimmy Kimmel’s reporter.

    Then did a little damage control and went on the show, rubbed the poor guys head and then wiped his hands on his pants 3 times.

    He’s the nicest guy compared to most of hollywood….I will give him that much.

  6. tbaby

    I think Amaury and I should teach Went to salsa. (I’m no expert, but surprisingly good for a black chick from Indiana. And I have the patience of a saint – or so I’m told – for teaching people with no rhythm.)

    My hands resting alternately on Went’s hips and Amaury’s, and theirs on mine (that’s part of my teaching technique)…Oh, the sweaty, sweaty possibilities… *sigh*

  7. Anonymous

    Wasn’t his nick name Stinky in college because he had a bad attuide….at least he’s nice now.

  8. notthedoctor

    Nice interview, i think i’ve read it somewhere before. Anyway, we get to know Wenty a little better and it’s all good.
    i wish i’d seen Went’s face when he read, if he did. He must have been amused by the beginning of the article “it better not start with…”, silly Went don’t trust those journalists cause everything you tell not to write they do anyway!!!
    and he IS a nice guy, the nicest guy, the sexiest foxiest hot red motherfucking nice guy in the world!!

  9. Wet For Went

    anon 1:01, The Journey thing made me laugh although (don’t tell anyone), I definitely know more words to their songs than I should. *singing in my head I’m forever yoooooooours…Faithfully, playing air guitar*

    anon 1:03, that definitely sounds like a plan.

    anon 2:13, I have no idea if he meant that to be funny or not but I thought it was HILARIOUS. It’s the sarcastic bitch in me. I don’t think he was being an ass and if he was, he was an adorable one.

    anon 7:02, Some people view a severe case of sarcasm as a negative; I think it’s lovely…Guess what my friends call me? LOL

  10. Anonymous

    Dracula huh?! does baby have a thing for vampires too..?

  11. tbaby

    WFW, I realized after I submitted it that my comment seems rather random. I guess it was a stream-of-consciousness thing. I went from smiling that Amaury introduced Went to the greatness that is Journey to figuring Amaury and I could just as well teach him to love some salsa too.

    Still random? Oh well.

    WFW, you always seem to shut off my internal censor. I just can’t filter when I’m around you. LOL! Thanks.

  12. Wet For Went

    buttercup, now wouldn’t THAT be something?

    tbaby, I thought I had replied to that, lol. My ex taught me at one point but it’s kind of like the time that guy taught me to play pool; I wouldn’t remember if I tried it again. All streams of consciousness that involve Wentworth are always welcome.

    I also want to say that as I was rinsing out my conditioner this morning I was singing “Don’t Stop Believin!” with FEELING even and then I switched over to “Any way you want it, that’s the way you need it, any way you want it…” complete with microphone. After I caught myself having way too much fun in the shower I realized something; Went, and the rest of you, did this to me. I hate you all.

  13. Asia

    Super Went jest super 🙂

  14. Sunny

    I think Miller is really talented and also an intelligent guy. Of course, eveyone notices his unique look, but we should be more focused on his talent and not judge him as someone who is god, I guess he´s a really down to earth person and very normal who just wants to keep his privacy and because of that he has my respect.

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