Wentworth Miller has revealed he received an autism diagnosis a year ago, and heâ€™s sharing his feelings about it with the world.
The â€œPrison Breakâ€ star said on Instagram, â€œThis isnâ€™t something Iâ€™d change â€¦ immediately being autistic is central to who I am. To everything Iâ€™ve achieved/articulated.â€
He did not include a picture alongside the caption, and instead posted a blank white square. He continued: â€œThis fall marks 1 year since I received my informal autism diagnosis. Preceded by a self-diagnosis. Followed by a formal diagnosis. It was a long, flawed process in need of updating. IMO. Iâ€™m a middle-aged man. Not a 5-year-old.â€
Wentworth is 49.
Miller wrote that he knows â€œaccess to a diagnosis is a privilege many do not enjoy,â€ and that the diagnosis was â€œa shockâ€ but â€œnot a surprise.â€
â€œI donâ€™t know enough about autism. (Thereâ€™s a lot to know.),â€ he wrote. â€œRight now my work looks like evolving my understanding. Re-examining 5 decades of lived experience thru a new lens.â€
Meanwhile, he adds, â€œI donâ€™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. I donâ€™t wish to do additional harm. Only to raise my hand, say, â€˜I am here.â€™ Have been (w/o realizing it).â€
Miller thanked people in his life who â€œconsciously or unconsciously gave me that extra bit of grace + space over the yearsâ€ and allowed him to â€œmove thru the world in a way that made sense to me whether or not it made sense to them.â€