Ezra Miller Was Told By Hollywood Execs That Coming Out Was A ‘Mistake’

Well, Ezra Miller sure showed them. The 25-year-old actor is having a career most of his peers would die for.

Back in 2012, the then 19-year-old publicly came out in a candid interview with OUT magazine, titled “I’m Queer.” It was a bold step for a leading man and one so early in his career. This all happened before The Perks Of Being A Wallflower hit theaters. He was told by Hollywood execs that the interview he gave was a “mistake.”

“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,” Miller told ShortList

Clearly, those people underestimated the talent and power of Ezra. Since then, he’s appeared in Madame Bovary, Trainwreck and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. In addition, he snagged the coveted role of The Flash in the DC Cinematic Universe, becoming the first queer actor to play a superhero.

Check out the rest of his interview over at ShortList. He talks about what his lovers have nicknamed him, how he dropped out of high school because Beethoven came to him in a dream and much more.