To many, an actor is only the character he or she portrays on screen. Our notions of an actor mostly derive from the voices, mannerisms, and costumes they put on with the sole intention of making us believe that they are someone else.

In lots of ways, we own the actor. Who they are depends entirely on how we choose to see them. But in reality, we are merely distant spectators observing them through a tiny keyhole. If we opened the door, a thousand secrets would emerge, destroying the illusion.

While some actors have been open about their past, others have chosen to keep theirs backstage, so to speak. There are also some ...

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