Wentworth Miller

Wentworth Miller


6/2/1972, Chipping Norton, Oxford, England

Birth Name

Wentworth Miller III


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London born-Brooklyn raised Miller is part African-American, Jamaican, English, German, French, Dutch, Syrian, and Lebanese. He graduated Quaker Valley Senior High School in Leetsdale, PA (Just outside Pittsburgh) in 1990 and went on to Princeton, where he traveled the world with the school's a capella group. After graduating…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Wentworth is in the new Resident Evil movie Resident Evil:Afterlife

    • Wentworth has endorsed clothing for the brand 'Bean Pole International' in 2007.And also for 'Me & City' in 2008 and again in 2009.

    • Favorites:

      - Movies: The Shining and Dangerous Liaisons
      - Books: "Where The Red Fern Grows" by Wilson Rawls -Starbucks drink: Venti Peppermint Mocha Chip Frappacino -TV Show: Law and Order.

    • Wentworth was chosen as one of People Magazine's Sexiest Men Alive for 2007.

    • From the beginning of 2007, Wentworth is the face for Nam Yang French Cafe, a Korean coffee drink. He has also modeled for Korean brand Bean Pole Jeans.

    • Wentworth is in the third season opening credits for Buffy the Vampire Slayer. There is a clip of him after Seth Green is credited.

    • During his studies at Princeton University he began to act. He was also a member of the acappella group "Princeton Tigertons", where he sang baritone. They recorded at least two albums during their time.

    • Wentworth appeared in Gap paper Ads in 2007.

    • Wentworth was on the cover of the May, 2007 Korean issue of CosmoMen Magazine.

    • Wentworth was one of People Magazine's Most Beautiful People, 2007.

    • Wentworth had a small role in the short film Room 302 (2001).

    • Wentworth is an avid swimmer.

    • Wentworth does not watch Prison Break.

    • Wentworth's birthday (June 2nd) is only one day apart from his Prison Break co-star Sarah Wayne Callies' birthday (June 1st).

    • Wentworth claims that his degree in English Literature which taught him to break down a novel was worth it because it helps him break down the scripts for Prison Break. At least that's what he tells his parents.

    • Wentworth wakes up at 4:30 a.m. to go to work. He finishes his day at 8:00p.m.

    • Wentworth has a mental disconnect between himself and the individual he sees on covers of magazines because he says that he is "Photo-shopped".

    • Wentworth claims that he loves his rabid fan base!

    • According to the special features on the Prison Break DVD, he auditioned for a role in Superman Returns when the project was still in Brett Ratner's hands.

    • Wentworth was not allowed to listen to music with lyrics when doing his homework. So he listened to classics. Today he enjoys Tchaikovsky.

    • Wentworth said that if he ever had a son, his middle name would be Wentworth.

    • Wentworth played as Adam Lockwood, Michael's friend and co-intern, in Underworld with Scott Speedman and Kate Beckinsale.

    • Wentworth is allergic to cats and dogs.

    • Wentworth was one of People Magazine's Sexiest Men Alive, 2006. He is found in the "Fan Faves" section.

    • Wentworth reportedly likes to eat chocolate cake in between takes on Prison Break.

    • Wentworth's name originated from a character in a Jane Austen novel named Captain Wentworth.

    • Wentworth played in "Go Fish", the 20th episode of the 2nd season of Buffy The Vampire Slayer. His character, Gage Petronzi, is a member of Sunnydale High swim team, who turns into a monster after inhaling a special mixture his coach made to improve the team performances.

    • Wentworth is right handed.

    • Wentworth was called Stinky at Princeton because of his sarcastic attitude towards his friends. He was also called Went and Miller.

    • Wentworth Miller has two different colored eyes. His right one is hazel and his left one is green.

    • Wentworth's mother is a special-ed teacher and his father is a former Brooklyn assistant district attorney.

    • Wentworth's mother is white; his father is black. They are now divorced.

    • As of 2006, Wentworth resides in Chicago.

    • Wentworth recently claimed in a magazine that he did not open the cat shelter allegedly opened in some rumours, on the grounds that he is deathly allergic to animals.

    • Wentworth looks around the prison for inspiration: "The prison helps a great deal in keeping me grounded in the character."

    • When Wentworth walks in public with the body art from Prison Break, "...people look at [him] with, well, not newfound respect but perhaps suspicion."

    • Wentworth's popularity went up 614% on The Lycos 50, since Prison Break premiered on FOX.

    • Wentworth has campaigned against drug-use appeared in anti-drug ads.

    • Wentworth was named "TV's Hottest New Face" in Insider Magazine, the week of October 24th-30th, 2005.

    • Wentworth enjoys the following quote from Toni Morrison's Beloved: "Definitions belong to the definers and not the defined."

    • Wentworth worked at Borders for two years before getting his break in acting.

    • Wentworth was born in Oxfordshire, England, but raised in Brooklyn, New York.

    • In the movie Stealth, Wentworth was the voice of EDI.

    • Wentworth is named after his father, Wentworth Miller II.

    • Wentworth is a graduate from Princeton, where he graduated with a B.A. in English Literature.

    • Wentworth made Entertainment Weekly's 2003 "It" List.

    • It takes two makeup artists up to four and a half hours to apply Wentworth's 25 part decal tattoo in Prison Break. They only apply the bits that are required for the episode and it can stay on for up to a week. It also takes up to two hours to scrub it off!

    • Wentworth graduated from Quaker Valley Senior High School in Leetsdale, Pennsylvania in 1990.

    • Wentworth appears in Mariah Carey's "We Belong Together" and "It's Like That" videos. Both videos are directed by Brett Rattner who also directed the Prison Break series pilot.

    • Before he became an actor, Wentworth was a lowly production assistant for several tv movies.

    • Wentworth is 6'1" (186. cm) tall.

    • The stylist on the Prison Break set uses Oster Turbo 111 Clippers ($179.99) to shave Wentworth and his co-stars' hair.

  • Quotes

    • 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.

    • Wentworth (on asking for family support in times of struggle): There were certain things I wasn't going to share with my family, certain things I needed to handle on my own, so when I did finally make it I could say: "I did this myself".

    • Wentworth (on living in L.A. before he became famous): There were some lean years. I remember going through my CDs figuring out what I was willing to hock because I needed an extra $15 to make rent.

    • Wentworth (on his life as a high school student): I was well-known, but I wasn't necessarily well-liked at high school. I didn't have much of a social life then. Any childhood demons I may - or may not have, I get to express by playing Michael. It's me taken to an extreme. It's a healthy, therapeutic outlet.

    • Wentworth (on weather or not he would sing again): Singing is something I did in college and I was too scared of the idea of acting. But it's been too many years and too many cigarettes.

    • Wentworth (on the process of getting into the Michael Scofield's character): At this point, it's kind of like a second skin. I mean I've been playing this character for forty some odd episodes so I feel like I know him, and I know the people that I've been working with, we have a certain chemistry. I understand how Dominic (who plays my brother) works, so the two of us are like a little Jazz combo.

    • Wentworth: If you're going to be with a story; season after season, playing in the same playground; episode after episode, it has to be something with a little bit of meat on the bone.

    • Wentworth: I always enjoy running into someone who appreciates the show [Prison Break]. It means a lot to me.

    • Wentworth (on Prison Break): It's been kind of fun to explore where our characters converge and where we contrast.

    • Wentworth (on what fascinates him about Prison Break and his character Michael Scofield): They've created a universe in which every character exists in a gray scale. No one is black or white, good or evil. Michael's a good man that sometimes has to do bad things to get the job done and that's a lot of fun to explore.

    • Wentworth: (on why he chose to play Michael Scofield) It was kind of the pay check, to be perfectly honest with you [laughs] I hadn't worked in a long time and I was looking for something that I could really sink my teeth into, and this character was the hero or one of the heroes but not your traditional hero.

    • Wentworth (on working in Dallas, Texas): I've seen precious few cowboy boots in Dallas which was kind of disappointing, I understand you have to go to Fort Worth for that, but I have caught myself saying 'Do what now?' a couple of times. (laughs) So I'd like to feel as though I'm getting into the local culture. Dallas has been very, very good to us.

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

    • Wentworth on Prison Break: It was 9 in the morning and I was standing on a frozen cornfield. It was zero degrees and I wasn't wearing a coat or a hat or gloves, and I was doubled over, gasping for breath because we'd literally been running all night, take after take after take and suddenly the director yelled "Cut!" and just like that, from one moment to the next, we were on hiatus.

    • Wentworth (on Prison Break): It's called Prison Break, it's about prison, but it's really about family, I think, underneath that it's about how far one man is willing to go to save a loved one.

    • Wentworth (on the experience of watching Prison Break): It's comic book at the end of the day and I think it's a lot of fun. There's a lot of pay off to buckling up and taking that roller coaster ride with Michael.

    • Wentworth: (On weather or not he would do what Michael Scofield did) I do have siblings and I think I would lay down my life for them but I don't think I could pull off something like Michael's attempting to pull off I just don't have the mathematical scientific savvy.

    • Wentworth (on relating to his character Michael Scofield): He's not an ordinary man in extraordinary circumstances. He's not an extraordinary man in extraordinary circumstances. I don't think there's anybody who would be crazy enough to attempt what he's trying to do but the one thing I can relate to is the feeling of love an loyalty for a family member.

    • Wentworth (on his similarities with his character Michael Scofield): We have some overlaps, there are some characteristics that we have in common, I do have respect for discipline and organization and follow-through but I think my character is those parts of me taken to an extreme.

    • (Asked who he thinks would win in a steel cage death match Abruzzi or T-Bag?)
      Wentworth: Tough call. Abruzzi's got the size and the strength, but T-bag is small and quick. Then again, T-Bag probably has a razor blade or two tucked away in some unimaginable place, so I might have to go with him.

    • Wentworth: 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 (on how he gets a girl to like him): Well I don't, hence me still being single, I think. 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 (on whether he is a gentleman): Yeah, I'd like to think I am. I really try hard to make a girl feel comfortable and I treat her like a lady, and if I see a woman carrying a lot of groceries, I will always stop to help her out.

    • Wentworth (on the most romantic thing he ever did): This one time I had a girlfriend that was out of the country a lot. So I gave her a watch and set it to 'my time' so wherever we were, we'd always be on the same time. I thought that was pretty romantic.

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

    • Wentworth: I had been a temp for studios, agencies and production companies for a while -- that was plan B, in case the acting thing didn't work out. There I was, doing my test in a room full of Fox executives, and I realized that I had temped in the offices of probably half of them. I'm there to test for the lead role in this big primetime drama series, and a lot of the people I'm trying to impress remembered me from the copy machine -- it was insane.

    • Wentworth: That's a necessary part of the beast, doing publicity. I don't mind talking about the show. I'm very proud of it, but I do try to say no to as many invitations as possible when it comes to red carpet events, parties and premieres.

    • Wentworth: I enjoy swimming, reading and naps. I am writing a screenplay or two of my own and in Chicago I try to go to a different restaurant every week. I spend a bit of time at The Art Institute Of Chicago because music, painting, movies and theatre can all contribute to the work of an actor. You never know where you are going to find influences. By and large, I try to keep my down time fairly low-key as the job itself can be so draining.

    • Wentworth: Grandmas actually cross over the street when they see me coming now. I think I make old people feel uneasy. But on the other hand, I have fans running into me at my local Chinese restaurant and they're always disappointed to find that I'm not MICHAEL SCOFIELD scheming over a plate of chicken and broccoli - it's just me having lunch.

    • Wentworth: 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. My parents have always been incredibly supportive, but they come from academic backgrounds, and they don't know anything about an actor's life. All my father knew was that I had a hell of a lot of free time on my hands, and that's never a good thing. They had their concerns.

    • Wentworth Miller: I was trained classically but not so much method. I think American actors spend a little bit too long worshipping at the altar of Marlon Brando and James Dean, where it's all about the emotional authenticity of the part. There is something to be said for style, diction and accent and all the things that one gets at RADA or an equivalent somewhere else. I have been in class for about six or seven years and am fortunate to be sitting next to someone who works from the perspective of: "What do you have specific to you that we can sell today?" As opposed to: "Here is what we know works, let's break you down and build you back up in this predetermined fashion.

    • 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.

    • 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 (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: Michael Scofield is someone everyone can relate to, but nobody would want to be in his shoes.

    • (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.

    • (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.

    • 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.

    • 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: 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: I have people calling my agent asking which myspace page is mine and there are about a dozen.

    • 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'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.

    • (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: 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.

    • 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.

    • (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: 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.

    • 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 (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.

    • 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 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 the similarities between him and his "Prison Break" character): Michael is various facets of me taken to an illogical level.

    • 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 (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 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 (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 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 (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 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: The show is completely preposterous. But that aside, it's a great ride.

    • 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: I've been told it's a good idea to moisturize. And drink lots of water. And eat Peanut Butter cups.

    • 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 (on Prison Break): I don't feel any particular pressure to be the cute one. That's Dominic's territory.

    • 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: I feel extremely lucky, extremely grateful, and a little bittersweet, too.

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

    • 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 (on Prison Break): There are deeper emotional and psychological issues at work here.

    • Wentworth (classifying himself as "a fairly boring person"): I go to the library, I do a lot of reading, I eat at Subway. When I need some boxers I go to the Gap.

    • Wentworth (his acting role models): I did get to work with Anthony Hopkins on The Human Stain. If I ever manage to accomplish a quarter of what he's achieved, I'll have had one hell of a career.

    • Wentworth (his interests outside of acting): I enjoy swimming, reading and naps. I am writing a screenplay or two of my own and in Chicago I try to go to a different restaurant every week. I spend a bit of time at The Art Institute Of Chicago because music, painting, movies and theatre can all contribute to the work of an actor. You never know where you are going to find influences. By and large, I try to keep my down time fairly low-key as the job itself can be so draining.

    • Wentworth (reading a comment from a chat room): Someone posted a comment that read something like, "I just found out Wentworth is British. I guess that explains the crap American accent". [Laughs] That's both untrue and unflattering. Both of my parents are American but they lived in England for a couple of years and I was born there, so I have dual citizenship. I was raised in Brooklyn, New York, but I have a special place in my heart for the UK.

    • Wentworth (on the tattoo evolving for Prison Break): Okay, the dirty little secret is that the tattoo is still evolving. It's design isn't set in stone. The tattoo tends to change based on changes to the production schedule and sometimes a plot will shift. There's a particular episode where Michael references a few names and if those names don't get cleared by the Fox legal department they actually have to change one of the names. So the tattoo is in a constant state of flux.

    • Wentworth (how they put the tattoo on for Prison Break): It's a very lengthy process. It's the most ambitious pro tattoo ever attempted for TV or film. It takes two people four or five hours to apply. They strip moisture off the skin by applying alcohol so it adheres properly. Then a layer of glue is applied before they fix the decals with waterproof sealant on top so it stays. It's made up of a series of details that fit together like pieces of a puzzle. There are about 24 pieces to cover my entire upper body and arms. Fortunately, we only have to do it once per episode. If you don't tamper with it, it will deteriorate slightly but will last for up to two weeks. It's a bit like wearing fly-paper and it stains so you have to scrub it off at the end of the day with solvents.

    • Wentworth: 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: Fortunately, face-to-face interactions have been very positive. By and large I hear, 'I never miss an episode', which is the highest compliment. I did go online to read some chat room comments about the show, which I wouldn't recommend. It's like reading someone's diary.

    • Wentworth (on walking the red carpet): That's a necessary part of the beast, doing publicity. I don't mind talking about the show. I'm very proud of it, but I do try to say no to as many invitations as possible when it comes to red carpet events, parties and premieres.

    • Wentworth (blonde or brunette?): Um, I am into brunettes. For a long time, I've had a crush on Angie Harmon, who used to be on Law & Order. She's a beautiful barracuda. [Laughs]

    • 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: 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: I haven't been working out in a while, I appreciate that it [the tattoo] adds shading and contours where there are none.

    • Wentworth: I think the character I play [on Prison Break] is potentially sexy.

    • 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 (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 (how he came to be an actor): Acting has always been a passion, and I did it all the way up until college.

    • Wentworth (about being in prison): I wouldn't last long. I'd get shanked in, like, five minutes.

    • Wentworth: My last meaningful relationship was about a year ago and lasted only a few months, but it was hot and heavy; those are the best kind.

    • Wentworth (about his co-star in The Human Stain, Anthony Hopkins): The man is a legend and I've always been a huge fan of his work.

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

    • 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.

    • 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 the tattoo artwork): It's like wearing flypaper and when the weather heats up, your shirt will stick to you like Saran Wrap.

    • 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.