Peters at PaleyFest 2014 for American Horror Story: Coven
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 and starred in the ABC science fiction TV series Invasion from 2005 to 2006. 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 film X-Men: Days of Future Past.
Peters was born in St. Louis, Missouri, son of Julie and Phil Peters, a vice president of administration for the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation. He attended a Roman Catholic grade school. He has two siblings: a brother, Andrew, and a sister, Michelle. In 2001, Peters' family 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 at age 15 with his mother at to pursue his acting career. He attended Burbank High School as a sophomore, but 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. In the fourth season of the series, subtitled Freak Show, he played Jimmy Darling, a circus performer with deformed hands.
In 2014, Peters starred 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 starred in the horror film The Lazarus Effect, and will next appear in the drama Safelight and the comedy-drama Elvis & Nixon.
Peters began dating actress Emma Roberts in 2012 after they worked together on the film Adult World. In July 2013, while they were staying at a hotel in Montreal, Quebec, someone overheard a dispute coming from their room and called the police. After a "heated argument", they had begun hitting each other. When the police arrived, they arrested Roberts. Peters was not arrested because Roberts did not have any immediately visible injuries. Peters declined to press charges and Roberts was released several hours later. In a joint statement, the couple called it "an unfortunate incident and misunderstanding," and stated that they "are working together to move past it." They became engaged in December 2013.
|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|
|2015||The Lazarus Effect||Clay|
|2016||Elvis & Nixon||Dwight Chapin||In post-production|
|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||American Horror Story: Murder House||Tate Langdon||12 episodes|
|2012–13||American Horror Story: Asylum||Kit Walker||13 episodes|
|2013–14||American Horror Story: Coven||Kyle Spencer||11 episodes|
|2014–15||American Horror Story: Freak Show||Jimmy Darling||13 episodes|
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|
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