Ezra Miller first came to many people’s attention as the teen title character in We Need to Talk About Kevin back in 2011. Then, going against the grain of most up and coming actors in Hollywood, he spoke to Out in 2012, saying “I’m Queer. I am very much in love with no one in particular.”
It hasn’t affected his career too much though, having starred in the likes of The Perks Of Being A Wallflower and Madame Bovary, before scoring a couple of massive roles that in 2016 saw him appearing as The Flash in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and as Credence Barebone in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.
However, it appears some thought he’d ruined his chances of ever getting such high profile gigs when he came out. He told Shortlist recently, “I won’t specify, [but] I was told by a lot of people I’d made a mistake.
“Folks in the industry, folks outside of 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.”
He adds, “I was given a lot of stern talking-tos.. ‘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, though there have been moments of doubt as a result of those conversations. But… what they said was, in fact, ‘rubbish’, as you might say.”
Miller certainly doesn’t seem to be having any problems with his career. He’s about to appear in cinemas as The Flash once more in Justice League, and will play the character again in the standalone Flash movie, Flashpoint, in 2020. He’ll also return as Credence in the second Fantastic Beasts movie, which is due for release at the end of 2018.