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Prison Break star Wentworth Miller tried to commit suicide on many occasions.
The 41-year-old actor revealed as much during a Human Rights Campaign Dinner in Seattle on the weekend.
According to the Daily Mail, Miller said that he had first tried to take his life as a 15-year-old trying to keep his homosexuality a secret.
“The first time I tried to kill myself, I was 15,” he said.
“I waited until my family went away for the weekend. I was alone in the house and I swallowed a bottle of pills.
“I don’t remember what happened over the next couple of days, but I’m pretty sure come Monday morning, I was on the bus back to school pretending everything was fine.”
Miller added that his first suicide attempt wasn’t simply a cry for help.
“You only cry for help if you believe there is help to cry for,” he said. “And I didn’t need it, I wanted out… at 15.”
Miller announced he was gay last month while taking a stand against homophobia in Russia.
He had declined an invitation to the St Petersburg Film Festival after Russia had passed a series of anti-gay laws.
“As a gay man, I must decline,” he told the festival organisers.
“I am deeply troubled by the current attitude toward and treatment of gay men and women by the Russian government.”
Miller also revealed that he grappled with the question of outing himself while he was a star on Prison Break.
“In that time, I gave thousands of interviews,” he said.
“I had multiple opportunities to speak my truth which is that I was gay.
“But I chose not to. I was out to family and friends and people I learned to trust but publicly I was not.
“I chose to lie – when I thought about the possibility of coming out, how that might impact me and the career I worked so hard for, I was filled with fear. Fear and stubborn resistance that had built up over many years.
“When I thought about kids out there who might be moved or inspired by me taking a stand or speaking my truth, my mental response was consistently, no thank you.”