“Prison Break” star Wentworth Miller was diagnosed with autism last year.
The Flash actor posted a white square to Instagram on Monday, with a caption explaining his diagnosis and decision to share the news publicly.
“Like everyone, life in quarantine took things from me. But in the quiet/isolation, I found unexpected gifts. This fall marks 1 year since I received my informal autism diagnosis. Preceded by a self-diagnosis. Followed by a formal diagnosis,” he explained.
Miller continued by revealing that the process of being formally diagnosed was “long” and “flawed”, one that “needs updating.” He also shared how he feels he should talk about his diagnosis going forward – noting that when public figures share personal information about themselves, they often “dedicate (their) platform” to it.
“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 (sic). That will take time,” Miller wrote.
The actor acknowledged that those in the autistic community are “historically talked over” and that if any of his fans want resources to learn more about the condition, he will gladly point to creators that “speak to the relevant issues more knowledgeably/fluently than (he) can.”
He closed his caption by thanking those who have been kind to him over the years.
“Oh – 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,” he concluded. “And to those who made a different choice… well. People will reveal themselves. Another gift.”
Fans of the actor showed their support for his decision to share his diagnosis publicly, with one commenter writing, “Welcome to the autistic club! Happy to have you here!”
– Cover Media