Wentworth Miller, the leading actor in ‘Prison Break’ has open up about his Autism diagnosis which he finds out during Quarantine, says it was a ‘shock’ but ‘not surprise’.
The actor revealed the stunning diagnosis on Instagram by sharing a lengthy message to his fans. “Like everyone, life in quarantine took things from me, he wrote. “But in the quiet/isolation, I found unexpected gifts,” he added.
“This fall marks 1 year since I received my informal autism diagnosis. Preceded by a self-diagnosis. Followed by a formal diagnosis.”
Alongside a blank white square he continued,” “It was a long, flawed process in need of updating. IMO. I’m a middle-aged man. Not a 5-year-old.”
Adding “And (it’s a “both/and”) I recognize access to a diagnosis is a privilege many do not enjoy… Let’s just say it was a shock. But not a surprise.”
He further says that he is proud to share his diagnosis, but doesn’t speak for the entire autistic community. “I don’t know enough about autism. (There’s a lot to know.) Right now my work looks like evolving my understanding. Re-examining 5 decades of lived experience thru a new lens. That will take time.” he wrote.
Miller says he is not going to dive right into sharing information on his massive platform, to avoid the risk of “suddenly being a loud, ill-informed voice in the room.”
“Meanwhile, I don’t want to run the risk of suddenly being a loud, ill-informed voice in the room. The #autistic community (this I do know) has historically been talked over. Spoken for,” he added. “I don’t wish to do additional harm. Only to raise my hand, say, ‘I am here. Have been’ (w/o realizing it).”
Adding that “If anyone’s interested in delving deeper into autism + neurodiversity, I’ll point you toward the numerous individuals sharing thoughtful + inspiring content on Instagram, TikTok… Unpacking terminology. Adding nuance. Fighting stigma.
“These creators (some quite young) speak to the relevant issues more knowledgeably/fluently than I can. (They’ve been schooling me as well.) That’s the extent of what I’m inclined to share atm.
In conclusion, Miller said his autism diagnosis is ‘another gift’ he thanked those who supported him throughout his journey.
“Oh – this isn’t something I’d change. No. I get – got – immediately being autistic is central to who I am. To everything I’ve achieved/articulated,” he wrote.
“I also want to say to the many (many) people who consciously or unconsciously gave me that extra bit of grace + space over the years, allowed me to move thru the world in a way that made sense to me whether or not it made sense to them… thank you.”