Actor and screenwriter Wentworth Miller came out as gay on Wednesday.
As the "Prison Break" star settles into his new role as an openly gay man, we couldn't help but think back to another role he played earlier in his career on the classic WB series "Popular."
"Popular" was Ryan Murphy's first television series, which aired from 1999-2001, and it was a treasure trove of over-the-top goodness -- especially for those who were in on the joke. What began as a straight forward, serious show about a high school and the various social circles within it, quickly transformed into a campy hilarious spectacle that could put any daytime soap opera to shame.
Miller guest-starred on two episodes during the show's first season, during which he played a transfer student vying for a spot on the cheerleading team. The episode, entitled "All About Adam," in which he plays the title character, is a nod to the classic film "All About Eve" and shows him blackmailing and taking down the popular girls on the cheerleading team one by one until they are forced to give him a spot on the squad.
Adam's sexuality is never bluntly stated but the way he delivers a biting insult and his knowledge of film, music and theater divas could definitely be read as indicating which way his pom pom points. To see all of the best moments from this episode, check out part one above, with parts two and three below. Also, extra gay bonus points for series regular Tammy Lynn Michaels (Melissa Ethridge's ex-wife).
And if you haven't seen "Popular" what are you waiting for?! Get thee to Netflix!