Wentworth Miller quotes

  • 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 Miller

    #Air #Giving #Acting

  • I have very high expectations of myself. I'm a very competitive person but competitive with myself. I want to be the best that I can be and if that means that I'm eventually better than everyone else then so be it.
    -- Wentworth Miller

    #Mean #Expectations #Want

  • I'm neither sexy nor a star.
    -- Wentworth Miller

    #Sexy #Stars

  • Thank you for your kind invitation. However, as a gay man, I must decline. I am deeply troubled by the current attitude toward and treatment of gay men and women by the Russian government. The situation is in no way acceptable, and I cannot in good conscience participate in a celebratory occasion hosted by a country where people like myself are being systematically denied their basic right to live and love openly.
    -- Wentworth Miller

    #Country #Attitude #Gay

  • A great book provides escapism for me. The artistry and the creativity in a story are better than any drugs.
    -- Wentworth Miller

    #Inspirational #Book #Creativity

  • 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 ...
    -- Wentworth Miller

    #Confidence #Thinking #Roots

  • I cannot in good conscience participate in a celebratory occasion hosted by a country where people like myself are being systematically denied their basic right to live and love openly,
    -- Wentworth Miller

    #Country #People #And Love

  • 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.
    -- Wentworth Miller

    #Wall #School #College

  • 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 Miller

    #White #Trying #Actors

  • 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.
    -- Wentworth Miller

    #Luxury #Community #Support

  • Everyone has their challenges.
    -- Wentworth Miller

    #Challenges

  • It was just expected that I would go to college. Both my parents are teachers and they tolerated acting, but I was going to go to a school of quality or bust. Which made my downshifting back to acting afterward a little difficult.
    -- Wentworth Miller

    #Teacher #School #College

  • 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

    #Brother #Careers #Odds

  • 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 Miller

    #Grateful #Idols #Pay

  • 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 Miller

    #Jeans #Names #Beans

  • I broke my nose in gym when a ball hit me. I took a girl to her debutante ball the next week wearing a tux and a big, honking bandage. Not the romantic night she had in mind.
    -- Wentworth Miller

    #Girl #Night #Mind

  • A ghostly side note Soldier boy Miller played a Lucifer-like character in the final two episodes of Joan of Arcadia. Coincidence I do find it strangely poetic, ... that a character who shows up on a show about God to play something kind of satanic winds up in the very last two episodes of that show, and then appears in the show that replaces that show on its exact time and night the following season.
    -- Wentworth Miller

    #Character #Boys #Night

  • 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
    -- Wentworth Miller

    #People #Definitions #Defining

  • It's the way the business works, you're not just an actor, you're a diplomat and a publicist and a politician, and there are certain expectations.
    -- Wentworth Miller

    #Expectations #Way #Diplomats

  • You only cry for help if you believe there is help to cry for.
    -- Wentworth Miller

    #Believe #Helping #Cry

  • 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 Miller

    #Laughing #Interviews #Answers

  • I'm hoping that what I am or what I'm not ethnically doesn't limit me in anyone else's eyes. I guarantee you it doesn't in mine.
    -- Wentworth Miller

    #Eye #Guarantees #Limits

  • I've been spared to a large extent the business end of the race stick.
    -- Wentworth Miller

    #Race #Sticks #Ends

  • I didn't come to Hollywood to get on magazine covers or start my Porsche collection or to enjoy that kind of lifestyle, to go to the right parties and meet the right people.
    -- Wentworth Miller

    #Party #People #Hollywood

  • My family put a lot of emphasis on homework, so there weren't too many comic books or video games for me, when I was growing up.
    -- Wentworth Miller

    #Growing Up #Book #Games

  • Unfortunately, I'm allergic to all animals and even some people.
    -- Wentworth Miller

    #Animal #People #Allergic

  • An actor's job is to embrace emotions and situations that in real life we spend all of our time running away from.
    -- Wentworth Miller

    #Running #Jobs #Real

  • 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 Miller

    #Jobs #Cake #Rejection

  • My rule is you want someone whos got both feet on the ground. An ideal girlfriend might be someone who works in the business and can understand what youre going through but is not an actor themselves - is willing to run lines with you but when you start acting crazy, they throw up their hands and take you for what you are and be accepting.
    -- Wentworth Miller

    #Running #Girlfriend #Crazy

  • I feel as though we're living in a time where there is very little distinction paid between the personal and the professional.
    -- Wentworth Miller

    #Littles #Transformation #Distinction

  • 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 Miller

    #Friday #Monday #Years

  • 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.
    -- Wentworth Miller

    #Education #People #Grind

  • Prison Break is so far-fetched, I had to make viewers believe that Michael is capable of making the impossible possible.
    -- Wentworth Miller

    #Believe #Impossible #Prison

  • I spend my weekends sleeping and watching DVDs, and eating at restaurants within a 2-block radius of my apartment.
    -- Wentworth Miller

    #Block #Sleep #Weekend

  • 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 Miller

    #Cells #Yards #Inmates

  • Four months of preparation and about 12 hours of shooting turned into about 30 seconds of screen time.
    -- Wentworth Miller

    #Preparation #Shooting #Four

  • Entertainers are there to entertain. They aren't there to teach your children the lessons that you haven't bothered to teach them at home yourself.
    -- Wentworth Miller

    #Children #Home #Lessons

  • Michael Scofield is someone everyone can relate to, but nobody would want to be in his shoes.
    -- Wentworth Miller

    #Shoes #Boots #Want

  • 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 Miller

    #Couple #Home #Weekend

  • 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 Miller

    #Night #Car #Pay

  • I'm pretty much a couch potato.
    -- Wentworth Miller

    #Potatoes #Couches

  • You develop a lot of scars, being interracial.
    -- Wentworth Miller

    #Scar

  • To be honest, I find going out pretty scary and intimidating. Got all those people checking you out, with only one purpose: hooking up. I'm quite the dork, I'd rather sit home and play Scrabble. But that doesn't get you a girl, does it?
    -- Wentworth Miller

    #Girl #Home #Play

  • 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.
    -- Wentworth Miller

    #Mother #Father #Two

  • My character in 'Prison Break' needs to be formidable. In reality, I'm not very tough at all.
    -- Wentworth Miller

    #Character #Reality #Needs

  • 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.
    -- Wentworth Miller

    #Hands #White #Racism

  • 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.
    -- Wentworth Miller

    #Training #Months #Hurricanes

  • 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.
    -- Wentworth Miller

    #People #Acting #Inappropriate

  • 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.
    -- Wentworth Miller

    #Roles #Done #Proud

  • If I were to wait only for roles that clarify my racial makeup, I'd be waiting for a very, very long time.
    -- Wentworth Miller

    #Makeup #Long #Waiting

  • I feel extremely lucky, extremely grateful, and a little bittersweet, too.
    -- Wentworth Miller

    #Grateful #Littles #Lucky

  • I had a brief experience in the food industry. I was a bus boy in a Mexican restaurant in Arizona, scraping re-fried beans off people's plates. It teaches you a bit of humility and the importance of a good deodorant.
    -- Wentworth Miller

    #Humility #Boys #People

  • I think what you learn, working on a film or TV set, is how to tune certain things out. You've got 60-100 people swirling around you, each of them with a very important job to do.
    -- Wentworth Miller

    #Jobs #Thinking #People