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11 June 2009   2 Comments

Here is a translation from The City Pictorial interview which scans I added yesterday. Credit goes to fallinblue for it. Thanks !!!

Wentworth Miller: “We need to sense any emotion no matter how subtle it is.”

2009 is the fourth year of Prison Break. On April 17, the 17th episode of the fourth season of the series, which experienced Writer Strike and initiated the popularity of American TV series in China, was on Fox. The end is about to reveal. In the meantime, Miller, who has a huge die-hard Chinese fandom because of Prison Break, was working in China: becoming an official spokesperson for Chevolette Cruze China District. Steve Betz, the head of Marketing Department of Shanghai GM Cruze said: “Miller’s personality, and his confidence, intelligence, and his international star-appeal, all match with Chevy Cruze’s characteristics perfectly.”

City Pictorial x Wentworth Miller

CP: Could you describe one day of your life in LA? Is it like “one day of a happy ‘stay-home’ single male’s life”?
Miller: I stay in the world of Prison Break for the past four years, spending a lot of time for preparing shooting. I get up at 8 every morning, start to work at 9, have a short break for lunch, then go back shooting again until 6 or 7 in the evening, and then I go home. As for the days I don’t work, I’ll make myself completely relaxed because you know I have to work five days a week, very busy. So most of my spare time, I will relax, read novel, work out. I like lying in a couch, being a couch potato and enjoying a DVD.

CP: Could you still remember your first role? Did you have learnt some lesson from this experience?
Miller: I played a high school student in Buffy the Vampire Slayer in 1997. The main plot is a high school teacher injected Shark DNA into four high school students in order to make them turn. This is my first role. I am very happy that I didn’t get fired. That’s it. I was too nervous back at that time. Although I have some stage-play experience, it’s two things, facing audience on stage and facing a camera.

CP: What’s your bottom line for choosing a project?
Miller: I will ask myself first whether I like the story. It’s two different concepts, spending three hours to watch a story and shooting a three-hour story. For some story, I’d rather enjoy it in the theatre with pop corn than participating in the making process.

CP: Which is your favorite American TV show?
Miller: Law and Order.

CP: If you have a chance to be a guest star in a series, which one would be?
Miller: Still Law and Order. As long as it’s Law and Order, no matter whatever role they offer me, an attorney, a criminal, even a passerby around street corner, I will take it.

CP: Which actors do you feel resonance with among American performance history?
Miller: Denzel Washington, Meryl Streep, and John Malkovich.

CP: It’s late spring now. Do you have any special memory about this season?
Miller: it happens to be the season that I graduated from Princeton. It was a profound memory. Acting is a “dangerous” dream. I was uncertain and confused about the future. I went to LA from Princeton and tried to find a job in Hollywood. In a production company, I had a face-to-face interview with an executive. After the interview, I thought I did well. And at the moment, he took me to a room next door and said to me: “The toilet in this restroom doesn’t work. Since you graduated from Princeton, I guess it won’t be any problem for you to fix it, will it?” So, that whole afternoon, I was squatting at the company’s restroom fixing that toilet.

CP: Did you fix it at last?
Miller: of course. I fixed it and got the job. So finally, the four-year Princeton life got rewarded. At least I know how to fix a toilet.

CP: What does driving mean to you?
Miller: I enjoy the time being alone. I may not turn on music while in a car, but being alone makes me feel very free. The ideal car should be reliable, but it doesn’t mean it has to be an expensive car. I becoming a spokesperson for Chevy Cruze because Chevolette is a representative brand in American. It’s a part of American culture. It has both the energy of a sports car and the comfort of a luxury car.

CP: In an American talk show, you said you are allergic to cat, dog, even human being. Are you a very sensitive person?
Miller: I am slightly allergic to animal, but not to human. Actors are all sensitive, or you can say you have to be sensitive in this business. We need to sense any emotion no matter how subtle it is.

CP: You graduated in English literature major from Princeton, yet you choose a career which barely has a connection with your major. Is there any special aspect you treasure about Princeton?
Miller: I don’t think there is no connection between Princeton and my current career. I spent four years studying literature, analyzing stories, languages and transcripts, and learning the tricks of playing with words. All these help me understand my job better, understanding scripts and performance. On the other level, I also learnt discipline, endurance, and forgiveness from Princeton.

CP: A Chinese proverb says “at 40, one no longer suffered from perplexities”. You are 37. Do you feel any middle-age crisis while you are getting near 40?
Miller: In my opinion, people think they can do anything at 20. Then they start to realize their limitation at 30. However, near 40, you will become more flexible. By that time, it’s easier to be calm and relaxed.

CP: It was said that you are going to do an independent movie. What kind of character is it?
Miller: Right now, there are several movie projects proposals, but no specific schedule. One is a horror movie. The difference between shooting an independent movie and shooting a TV show is the former only needs one and two months and the latter needs one season or even a couple of seasons. For Prison Break, I have been shooting it for the past four years.

CP: If there hadn’t been Prison Break, where would you have been right now? Have you ever thought about this?
Miller: Even if there hadn’t been Prison Break, I think I still would have been an actor, maybe wandering around LA, being on a waiting list, playing tiny roles, walking dogs for stars, but I would still have been acting. Maybe it’s a glamorous thing to become famous at 20s, but it’s still great now. I am very grateful for what I have right now.

  • Mihaela
    Posted on June 12, 2009

    Nice ……interview!!!!!!
    Goog luck Wentworth!!!!!!
    I want to see you in another movie!!!!!


  • Heba
    Posted on June 14, 2009

    Went is so decent & nice in his interviews as usual.I wish 4 him best of luck & success like PB in his new rols.
    He’s so talented & deserves the best
    BTW I don’t like the reporter’s question about age,but his answer is great as he always is.
    I agree with him it’s great to be famous in 20s & Went started 2 b at 33,but that doesn’t mean he has less talent than any lucky actor who people knew him at 20.
    We all love Went soooo much maybe more than some other very famous actors in Hollywood & I think we’ll support him & love
    whatever he does.
    IMO that’s a fabulous gift from God to him

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