Actor Ezra Miller said several people were not supportive of his decision to publicly come out as queer several years ago.
Miller, who starred in “Justice League” and “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” revealed he was queer in a 2012 interview with Out Magazine while promoting the film “The Perks of Being a Wallflower.”
On Wednesday, he told the Shortlist in an interview that he was told after the interview he had made a “mistake.”
“I don’t feel pressure. Pressure would only come from a dam, or a block. And when I came out I took the block away, removed the dam. I’ve undammed my identity in the world,” he responded when asked if he felt pressured to be an LGBTQ role model. “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.”
While Miller, 25, would not reveal specifically who told him that, he said it was people both in the industry and outside of it.
“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,” he continued. “I was told I had done a ‘silly’ thing in … thwarting my own potential to be a leading man.”
This image released by Summit Entertainment shows, from left, Logan Lerman, Ezra Miller and Emma Watson in a scene from “The Perks of Being a Wallflower.”
Miller said he has had some doubts since those conversations, but enough to hold him back from discussing who he is.
“What they said was, in fact, ‘rubbish’, as you might say,” Miller said.
He later gave an interview with the Daily Beast where he expanded on his sexuality even further.
“The way I would choose to identify myself wouldn’t be gay,” he told the Daily Beast. “I’ve been with many people and I’m open to love wherever it can be found.”
He told the Shortlist he never once felt like it was a mistake.
“‘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. I didn’t think I’d done anything wrong.”