Wentworth Miller is delighted critics have been falling over themselves to praise his performance in THE HUMAN STAIN - but resents being called an 'overnight success'.

The 31-year-old - who stars alongside SIR Antony Hopkins and Nicole Kidman in the movie - has landed a dozen parts in his career, but has been to hundreds of auditions in the hope of becoming a big screen star.

He says, "You might look at my CV and see I've had 12 jobs, but I've been to over 450 auditions so I've heard 'No' a lot more than I've heard 'Yes'.

"So if I go in looking only to meet my own standards, then that will make taking that rejection that little bit easier. And when I do get that job it will seem like the icing on the cake."

Miller was even on the brink of quitting acting altogether, because it was too risky a career path.

He says, "When I got to college acting suddenly seemed like a very risky proposition and all my friends were going to law school or med school or WALL STREET.

"I realised that I still had this small 'What if?' feeling in the back of my mind, and if I didn't answer that I would always wonder about the might-have-been so I took the leap and seven short years later I'm an overnight success."

06/01/2004 21:35