Peters at the 2014 WizardCon
January 20, 1987 |
St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.
Evan Peters (born January 20, 1987) 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.
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. Peters moved to Grand Blanc, Michigan, where he pursued modeling and took local acting classes. 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.
2004–2011: Early career
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.
2011–present: Breakthrough with American Horror Story
Peters' breakthrough role was playing the teenage sociopathic murderer Tate Langdon in the first season of the FX anthology series American Horror Story. 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. 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. Peters is returning for the fourth season of the series, subtitled Freak Show, playing Jimmy Darling, a freak show performer with deformed hands.
In 2014, Peters starred in the in the independent comedy film Adult World, opposite John Cusack and Emma Roberts. 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. He will reprise his role in the next film in the series, X-Men: Apocalypse. In 2015, Peters will star in the films Safelight, alongside Juno Temple, and Lazarus, opposite Olivia Wilde.
Peters began dating Emma Roberts in mid-2012. In July 2013, Roberts was arrested in Montreal, Quebec for domestic violence against Peters. Someone at the couple's hotel overheard a dispute coming from their room and called the police, who arrived to find Peters with a bloody nose and several bite marks. Roberts was released several hours after her arrest when Peters declined to press charges. In a joint statement, Roberts and Peters called it "an unfortunate incident and misunderstanding," and stated that they "are working together to move past it." On January 6, 2014, the media reported that the couple had become engaged over the holidays.
|2002||Clipping Adam||Adam Sheppard|
|2004||Sleepover||Russell "SpongeBob" Hayes|
|2007||An American Crime||Ricky Hobbs|
|2008||Gardens of the Night||Brian / Rachel|
|2008||Never Back Down||Max Cooperman|
|2011||Never Back Down 2: The Beatdown||Max Cooperman|
|2011||Queen||Frat Guy||Short film|
|2011||The Good Doctor||Donny Nixon|
|2014||X-Men: Days of Future Past||Peter Maximoff / Quicksilver|
|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||2 episodes (Freak Show)|
Awards and nominations
|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|
- "Evan Peters: Biography". TV Guide. Retrieved January 7, 2014.
- "Sean Faris and Evan Peters Interviews - Sleepover". About Entertainment.
- "Young Grand Blanc Township actor Evan Peters finds full-time acting work". MLive.com. Retrieved July 22, 2013.
- "Kick-Ass 2 Plot Synopsis Revealed And Other Updates". Cinema Blend. October 17, 2012.
- Andreeva, Nellie. "'American Horror Story' Casts Young Leads". Deadline. Retrieved September 4, 2013.
- Bricker, Tierney (March 2, 2012). "American Horror Story Season Two Scoop: Three More Castmembers Confirmed to Return!". E! Online.
- "2012 Categories International Press Academy". Press Academy.
- "'American Horror Story': Entire Cast Revealed In First Full-Length Trailer". Hollywood Life. September 8, 2014.
- "John Cusack, Evan Peters & Shannon Woodward Join Emma Roberts In 'Adult World'". Indiewire. February 22, 2012.
- "Evan Peters to play Quicksilver in X-Men: Days of Future Past". Variety. May 23, 2013. Retrieved February 7, 2014.
- "Quicksilver Will Have Expanded Role in X-Men: Apocalypse". IGN. May 21, 2014. Retrieved September 23, 2014.
- Shira, Dahvi (July 17, 2013). "Did Emma Roberts's Relationship with Evan Peters Turn Violent?". People. Retrieved July 17, 2013.
- "Emma Roberts Busted for Domestic Violence with Famous Boyfriend". TMZ. Retrieved January 7, 2014.
- "Emma Roberts Engaged to Evan Peters". People. January 6, 2014. Retrieved January 7, 2014.
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