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Wentworth Miller has returned to TV and starring on the CW’s Legends Of Tomorrow. The show is a spin-off of the already successful CW superhero shows: “Arrow” and “The Flash.” If the first few episodes are any indication of the show, then this spinoff series is going to be just as successful as its predecessors.
SD: What was it about the role of Captain Cold that had you return to TV?
WM: Initially it wasn’t about the role. When I got the offer I’d never even heard of Captain Cold. It was about going back to work after a break from acting. Getting my feet wet. And as far as what I found on the page, when the character was first introduced – this was back on THE FLASH – it didn’t resonate with me. I got where the writers were coming from, but their version felt very traditional. Very classic crime boss. A throwback. I’m more interested in Captain Cold as a throw forward. How is he progressive? And progressed? And I’ve been exploring that in his walk, his talk, his dress. The way he carries himself. I pitched him to the writers as pansexual. I feel confident that if Captain Cold met another superhero or villain with the right combination of smarts, and wit, and badassery, he’d be into them. Their sex or gender would be totally irrelevant.
SD: Are there any similarities between you and Leonard Snart/Captain Cold
WM: If there are similarities, I’m keeping them to myself. When PRISON BREAK was on the air I was constantly being asked if and in what ways I was like my character. And I’d try and outline certain commonalities. But I don’t think that’s helpful. Ultimately. There are enough fans out there who think of me as “‘Michael,” who address me as “Michael” online and on the street, without me helping to sell the idea that we’re the same person. So I’m choosing to handle that question differently this time around.
SD: If you have not watched Arrow or The Flash do you need to before watching Legends?
WM: No idea. I don’t watch any of these shows. Actually at the moment I’m not watching TV period. Nothing against the medium. I was a big TV watcher not too long ago. But I was using it to check out. Take a break from reality. From my reality specifically. These days I’m looking to be as present in my life as possible.
SD: It is time for a gay superhero on TV and who do you think it should be?
WM: I don’t know. All of them?
SD: After you came out, did you feel that there was a possibly that you may lose your career?
WM: No. At the time I was writing, not acting. So I wasn’t worried about missing out on any roles. To be honest, the decision to come out didn’t have much to do with Hollywood. My focus was on using my coming out to help draw more attention to Russia’s abuse of its LGBTQ community. And to speaking my truth publicly.
For more information on DC’s Legends of Tomorrow visit www.cwtv.com and tune in to Legends of Tomorrow on Thursdays at 8 p.m. on The CW.