Wentworth Miller says that despite his cover boy good looks and newfound fame as the lead in "Prison Break", his status as hunk du jour hasn't resulted in the expected deluge of saucy fan mail.
The fine man says he's be getting kiddie letters of idol worship, but it's the other stars on the show (such as eye candy Amaury Nolasco who plays cellmate Fernando Sucre, and Robert Knepper who plays T-bag) he says who are flooded with steamy letters.
"T-bag gets all those and I'm quite disappointed that I never get any rude stuff," Wentworth said. "I actually get a lot of letters from kids - who I'm not sure should even be watching the program. They admire Michael (his character) and have him down as some sort of hero."
Actually, the hottie says that he is quite grateful for his career and his big "break," expecially considering that "The Human Stain" with Anthony Hopkins, which was supposed to be his ticket to fame, flopped at the box office. As a result, he struggled like a lot of other unknown actors to find work.
"This is an incredibly brutal profession," Wentworth said. "Don't get me wrong, we're not working in a coal mine, but to be rejected day in and day out does take its toll, and if you're someone like myself, who I don't think fits into a pre-established mould, it can become even more difficult.
"If you're a young Tom Cruise, Hollywood knows what to do with you because Tom Cruise has worked so well. They're desperate for a young Tom Cruise. But if you don't fit into a particular mould, you have to actually go out and establish that type first. "It's my greatest hope that in 10 to 15 years there's some casting director in Los Angeles who says, 'I need a young Wentworth Miller'."
But Wentworth understands he needs to establish himself first. So, when production on "Prison Break" went into hiatus recently, he rejected film roles to maintain the integrity of his character. "Ideally I want to do something that inspires me, but in the end I decided not do anything over the break because 'Prison Break' is a means to an end," he says.
"I do hope it leads to other projects, but it's also an end in and of itself, and I want to have just as much energy going into the second season as I do going into the first, and that will, I think, buy a couple of months of rest and relaxation."
"The wonderful thing about 'Prison Break' is that it's being seen all around the world," he said, "and I think it will go a long way towards establishing me as a commodity, for better or for worse."