Ezra Miller was told he was ruining his career by coming out as queer in Hollywood.
Miller, 25, came out as queer in an interview with Out magazine in 2012. He revealed to Shortlist that people around him were concerned his acting career would be hurt from his honesty.
“I was told, when I gave that interview…This is an interesting thing to talk about. I was told by a lot of people I’d made a mistake,” Miller told Shortlist.
“Folks in the industry, folks outside the industry. People I’ve never spoken to. They said there’s a reason so many gay, queer, gender-fluid people in Hollywood conceal their sexual identity, or their gender identity in their public image. I was told I had done a ‘silly’ thing in…thwarting my own potential to be a leading man,” he continued.
Since then, Miller’s film credits have included major roles in “Perks of Being a Wallflower” and “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.”
“‘You’ve made a mistake’ is such a hard thing to hear. Maybe if I’d actually made a serious mistake? But not for this,” Miller says. “I didn’t think I’d done anything wrong, though there have been moments of doubt as a result of those conversations. But… what they said was, in fact, ‘rubbish’, as you might say. We are the ones. It’s up to us to manifest the world we want to exist in. But we’re ready. Humans are ready.”
Miller appears as the Flash in “Justice League” which hits theaters on Nov. 17.