Evan Peters

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Evan Peters
Evan Peters 2014 (cropped).jpg
Peters at the 2014 WizardCon
Born (1987-01-20) January 20, 1987 (age 27)
St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 2004–present

Evan Peters (born January 20, 1987)[1] is an American actor. He made his acting debut in the 2004 drama film Clipping Adam. He is best known for his multiple roles on the FX anthology television series American Horror Story, his supporting role as Todd Haynes in the 2010 superhero film Kick-Ass, and his role as the mutant Quicksilver in the 2014 blockbuster X-Men: Days of Future Past.

Early life[edit]

Peters was born in St. Louis, Missouri, son of Julie and Phil Peters. He was raised in Ballwin, Missouri, and attended a Roman Catholic grade school.[2] Peters moved to Grand Blanc, Michigan, where he pursued modeling and took local acting classes.[3] He attended Grand Blanc Community High School, before moving to Los Angeles to pursue his acting career, where he then attended Burbank High School, and later began homeschooling classes.

Career[edit]

2004–2011: Early career[edit]

On his second audition, Peters was chosen by producer Michael Picchiottino for the role of Adam Sheppard in the film Clipping Adam. The role earned him the award for Best Breakthrough Performance at the Phoenix Film Festival. He performed in numerous television commercials for Sony PlayStation, Progressive Insurance, Moviefone, Sour Patch Kids, Papa John's Pizza, and Kellogg. In 2004, he starred in the MGM film Sleepover as Russell "SpongeBob" Hayes, and appeared in the ABC series The Days as Cooper Day. From 2004 to 2005, he had a recurring role as Seth Wosmer in the first season of the Disney Channel series Phil of the Future. From 2005 to 2006, he portrayed Jesse Varon in the ABC sci-fi thriller series Invasion.

Peters then had supporting roles in the films An American Crime (2007), Gardens of the Night (2008), Never Back Down (2008) and its sequel Never Back Down 2: The Beatdown (2011). He has also starred in several theater plays, including playing Fagin in a production of Oliver Twist at the Met Theater. In 2008, he had a recurring role as Jack Daniels on The CW teen-drama series One Tree Hill. In addition, he landed many one episode guest spots in television series such as The Mentalist, House, Monk, The Office, In Plain Sight, and Parenthood. In 2010, he appeared in the supporting role of Todd Haynes, the main character's best friend, in the critically acclaimed superhero film Kick-Ass. Peters was unable to reprise his role in the 2013 sequel due to scheduling conflicts with his role in the second season of American Horror Story.[4]

2011–present: Breakthrough with American Horror Story[edit]

Peters' breakthrough role was playing the teenage sociopathic murderer Tate Langdon in the first season of the FX anthology series American Horror Story.[5] In the second season, subtitled Asylum, he starred as Kit Walker, a man wrongly accused of killing his wife; this role earned him a nomination for the Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film.[6][7] In the third season, subtitled Coven, he portrayed Kyle Spencer, a frat boy who is killed and brought back to life as a Frankenstein's monster type of creature. In the fourth season of the series, subtitled Freak Show, he plays Jimmy Darling, a circus performer with deformed hands.[8]

In 2014, Peters starred in the in the independent comedy film Adult World, opposite John Cusack and Emma Roberts.[9] In May 2013, director Bryan Singer announced that Peters had been cast as the mutant Quicksilver in the 2014 film X-Men: Days of Future Past.[10] He will reprise his role in the next film in the series, X-Men: Apocalypse.[11] In 2015, Peters will star in the films Safelight, alongside Juno Temple, and Lazarus, opposite Olivia Wilde.

Personal life[edit]

Peters began dating actress Emma Roberts in early 2012 after they worked together in the film Adult World.[12] In July 2013, while they were staying at a hotel in Montreal, Quebec, someone at the hotel overheard a dispute coming from their room and called the police. After a "heated argument", they had begun hitting each other.[13] When the police arrived, they arrested Roberts. Peters was not arrested because Roberts did not have any immediately visible injuries.[14] Peters declined to press charges and Roberts was released several hours later.[12] In a joint statement, the couple called it "an unfortunate incident and misunderstanding," and stated that they "are working together to move past it."[12] They became engaged in December 2013.[15][16]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
2002 Clipping Adam Adam Sheppard
2004 Sleepover Russell "SpongeBob" Hayes
2007 An American Crime Ricky Hobbs
2007 Mama's Boy Keith Uncredited
2008 Remarkable Power Ross
2008 Gardens of the Night Brian / Rachel
2008 Never Back Down Max Cooperman
2010 Kick-Ass Todd Haynes
2011 Never Back Down 2: The Beatdown Max Cooperman
2011 Queen Frat Guy Short film
2011 The Good Doctor Donny Nixon
2014 Adult World Alex
2014 X-Men: Days of Future Past Peter Maximoff / Quicksilver
2015 Safelight Charles Completed
2015 Lazarus Completed

Television[edit]

Year Series Role Notes
2004 The Days Cooper Day 6 episodes
2004–05 Phil of the Future Seth Wosmer 5 episodes
2005–06 Invasion Jesse Varon 21 episodes
2008 Dirt Craig Hope Episode: "God Bless the Child"
2008 Without a Trace Craig Baskin Episode: "A Bend in the Road"
2008 Monk Eric Tavela Episode: "Mr. Monk and the Genius"
2008 House Oliver Episode: "Last Resort"
2008–09 One Tree Hill Jack Daniels 6 episodes
2009 Off the Clock Jew Episode: "Gorgonzola y Pinto"
2009 Ghost Whisperer Dylan Episode: "Excessive Forces"
2010 Criminal Minds Charlie Hillridge Episode: "Mosley Lane"
2010 The Mentalist Oliver McDaniel Episode: "18-5-4"
2010 The Office Luke Cooper Episode: "Nepotism"
2011 Parenthood Brandon Episode: "New Plan"
2011 In Plain Sight Joey Roston / Joey Wilson Episode: "Crazy Like a Witness"
2011–present American Horror Story Tate Langdon 12 episodes (Murder House)
Kit Walker 13 episodes (Asylum)
Kyle Spencer 11 episodes (Coven)
Jimmy Darling 4 episodes (Freak Show)

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Association Category Nominated work Result
2004 Phoenix Film Festival Best Breakthrough Performance Clipping Adam Won
2005 Young Artist Awards Best Performance in a Feature Film – Young Ensemble Cast Sleepover Nominated
2012 Satellite Awards Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film American Horror Story: Asylum Nominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Evan Peters: Biography". TV Guide. Retrieved January 7, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Sean Faris and Evan Peters Interviews - Sleepover". About Entertainment. 
  3. ^ "Young Grand Blanc Township actor Evan Peters finds full-time acting work". MLive.com. Retrieved July 22, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Kick-Ass 2 Plot Synopsis Revealed And Other Updates". Cinema Blend. October 17, 2012. 
  5. ^ Andreeva, Nellie. "'American Horror Story' Casts Young Leads". Deadline. Retrieved September 4, 2013. 
  6. ^ Bricker, Tierney (March 2, 2012). "American Horror Story Season Two Scoop: Three More Castmembers Confirmed to Return!". E! Online. 
  7. ^ "2012 Categories International Press Academy". Press Academy. 
  8. ^ "'American Horror Story': Entire Cast Revealed In First Full-Length Trailer". Hollywood Life. September 8, 2014. 
  9. ^ "John Cusack, Evan Peters & Shannon Woodward Join Emma Roberts In 'Adult World'". Indiewire. February 22, 2012. 
  10. ^ "Evan Peters to play Quicksilver in X-Men: Days of Future Past". Variety. May 23, 2013. Retrieved February 7, 2014. 
  11. ^ "Quicksilver Will Have Expanded Role in X-Men: Apocalypse". IGN. May 21, 2014. Retrieved September 23, 2014. 
  12. ^ a b c Shira, Dahvi (July 17, 2013). "Did Emma Roberts's Relationship with Evan Peters Turn Violent?". People. Retrieved July 17, 2013. 
  13. ^ "Emma Roberts arrested for hitting boyfriend Evan Peters". London Evening Standard. 17 July 2013. Retrieved 27 October 2014. 
  14. ^ "Emma Roberts shows badly bruised legs after domestic dispute with boyfriend Evan Peters". NY Daily News. 18 July 2013. Retrieved 27 October 2014. 
  15. ^ "Emma Roberts Engaged to Evan Peters". People. January 6, 2014. Retrieved 7 January 2014. 
  16. ^ "How Do Emma Roberts and Evan Peters Really Feel About Being Engaged? Watch Now!". E! News. 31 March 2014. Retrieved 27 October 2014. 

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