Wentworth Miller has admitted that he was "feeding a fantasy" before coming out as gay.
The former Prison Break star, who opened up about his sexuality for the first time last August, was quoted saying that he has a better relationship with his fans now.
The 42-year-old actor told Details magazine: "I feel more fully expressed. After Prison Break, I came to grips with the fact that my public persona was in misalignment with how I actually felt."
He said, "I was out to a handful of people in my twenties, and once I hit 30, I was out to family and friends. But professionally, I was feeding a fantasy. I created this air of 'We don't address that thing."
Asked if he felt like he was lying about his sexuality in the past, he said: "My face was on billboards, and I thought it was my job to act a certain way. But I think audiences knew to a certain degree."
"The people onscreen aren't the characters they're playing. They're our projection of who we want them to be. I think it's possible to have a man-crush if you're not gay or to have a crush on a guy you know to be gay if you're a woman."
"Attraction is fluid and we think our imaginations are strong enough to hold a container for all of this complexity, even if we know on a subconscious level something's not what it appears to be," he added.
Later this year, Miller will be seen in a thriller movie The Loft, about a group of men who find a dead body inside the secret apartment they keep for their mistresses.