'Prison Break' Star Wentworth Miller Opened Up About His Autism Diagnosis

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Prison Break hero Wentworth Miller has announced his autism diagnosis on Instagram.

Next to a blank white square, the Michael Scofield star wrote earlier this week: "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. It was a long, flawed process in need of updating."

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Miller went on to suggest this news ultimately shocked him, but it wasn't "a surprise".

"Right now my work looks like evolving my understanding," he continued. "Re-examining 5 decades of lived experience [through] a new lens. That will take time.

"Meanwhile, I don'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 don't wish to do additional harm. Only to raise my hand, say, "I am here. Have been (w/o realizing it).""

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The actor, who wrote the screenplay for 2013's psycho-thriller Stoker, then offered to point anyone interested in autism and neurodiversity towards public speakers "unpacking terminology", "adding nuance" and "fighting stigma" on social media platforms.

Miller then added that "that's the extent of what I'm inclined to share atm" and expressed how his new diagnosis "isn't something I'd change" and that he got "immediately being autistic is central to who I am. To everything I've achieved/articulated."

He closed off his message thanking "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."

Prison Break is available to watch on Amazon Prime Video, while seasons 1-5 are also out on Blu-ray and DVD.

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