Ezra Miller had a knife held to his throat as a queer student
Ezra Miller has spoken out about the frightening abuse he suffered at school.
The 26-year-old Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald star, who came out as queer in 2012, said that privileged students at his “failing private school” would attack him.
“People whose parents gave money to the school had carte blanche,” he told The Sunday Times, before finishing the thought by adding: “To put a knife against my throat.”
“And be fine, because their grandfather gave money,” continued Miller, who left school at 16.
“There were moments in my life where I felt ostracised from my contemporaries or my peers.”
— Ezra Miller
He added that his “best friend for the first two weeks was a person of colour on financial support who got slightly bad grades, so was kicked out.”
In 2016, Miller revealed that he was bullied by others when he was younger, saying: “There were moments in my life where I felt ostracised from my contemporaries or my peers.
“Those times were very painful, but also very formative because they prompt us to step outside of society and to look at the world with fresh eyes, which is why I think so many of our great minds have been ostracised folks and disenfranchised people.”
Ezra Miller reveals his true self
The US actor, who reprises his role as Credence Barebone in the second Fantastic Beasts film, has repeatedly talked about his identity and his past in interviews around the release of the blockbuster.
The star said last month that he doesn’t see himself as a man or a woman, before clarifying in a different interview that he opposes labels, saying that they exist because people would rather constrain each other than deal with human complexity.
He added it was “fascinating that we all naturally see to limit each other for the ease of our own minds,” condemning this inclination to reduce people “to the lowest common denominator.”
After revealing he was in a group of polyamorous lovers, Miller dismissed any notion of him identifying as polyamorous, calling the practice of identifying by one label or another “probably the most unfortunate natural tendency.
“Human beings are cool because we can actually choose which natural tendencies we want to foster and bring to the surface of our perception and engagement. But we have just unfortunately chosen the worst ones.”
Ezra Miller talks about dream partner
Last month, the Fantastic Beasts actor explained what he was looking for in a sexual partner.
Speaking on his 95-acre farm in Vermont, the star explained that his roosters “will die for any of the chickens,” distracting eagles who were targeting the young birds by pretending to be injured and making themselves easier pickings for the predators.
“That’s masculinity,” he said. “I’m going to pretend to be weak, I’m going to pretend to be vulnerable so that you attack me before you’d attack one of the women in my posse. You feel me?”
He added: “I’m looking for a man like that. I’m looking for a rooster-type man.”
Ezra Miller and his fierce outfits
Miller has made a succession of wonderful clothing choices this year.
The actor turned heads earlier this year when he showed up to Comic-Con as sexy Toadette, and has repeatedly caused a stir at Fantastic Beasts premieres.
He wore a majestic padded gown to the Fantastic Beasts world premiere in Paris earlier this month, which some Twitter users said looked like a “human sex toy” or a Dalek from BBC show Doctor Who.
And for the UK premiere, the Fantastic Beasts actor dressed as a swan and inked the deadly Harry Potter spell “Avada Kedavra” on his hands, posing for photos with spiky hair, glitter below his eyes and several large rings on his fingers.