Ezra Miller

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Ezra Miller
Ezra Miller by Gage Skidmore 2.jpg
Miller in 2017
BornEzra Matthew Miller
(1992-09-30) September 30, 1992 (age 26)
Wyckoff, New Jersey, U.S.
OccupationActor, singer
Years active2007–present

Ezra Matthew Miller[1][2] (born September 30, 1992)[3][4][5] is an American actor and singer. They made their feature film debut in Afterschool (2008). They starred as Kevin in the drama We Need to Talk About Kevin (2011) and co-starred in the film adaptation of The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012). In 2015, they co-starred in the drama The Stanford Prison Experiment and the comedy Trainwreck. Miller played Credence Barebone in the Harry Potter spin-off Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016) as well as its sequel, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018).

They have portrayed Barry Allen / The Flash in the DC Extended Universe, first in a cameo in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) and in a cameo in Suicide Squad (2016), and later as a lead in Justice League (2017).

Early life[edit]

Miller was born and raised in Wyckoff, New Jersey.[6][7][8] Their mother, Marta Miller (née Koch), is a modern dancer.[7] Their father, Robert S. Miller, was senior vice president and managing director of Hyperion Books, and later became a publisher at Workman Publishing.[9][10] Miller has two older sisters, Saiya and Caitlin.[9] Miller's father is Jewish and their mother, who has German and Dutch ancestry, is from a Christian background.[11] Miller considers themself Jewish, and "spiritual".[12][13][14]

At the age of six, Miller started to train as an opera singer, in order to overcome a speech impediment.[15] They have sung with the Metropolitan Opera,[16] and performed in the American premiere of Philip Glass's opera White Raven.[7] They attended Rockland Country Day School and The Hudson School, dropping out at age 16[17] after the release of the film Afterschool.[10][18][19]

Career[edit]

Miller at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival

Miller's start in film began in 2008 with Antonio Campos' Afterschool, in which he played a teenager at a boarding school who accidentally films the drug-related deaths of two classmates, and is then asked to put together a memorial video.[7] He appeared in City Island (2009), with Andy García, Julianna Margulies, and Steven Strait, and co-starred in Beware the Gonzo and Every Day, both of which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival. Miller next appeared in the BBC Films film We Need to Talk About Kevin (2011), alongside Tilda Swinton and John C. Reilly, which was adapted and directed by Lynne Ramsay from American author Lionel Shriver's 2003 novel of the same name. The film became a Cannes Film Festival sensation, receiving critical acclaim.[20] Miller played Damien on the Showtime hit comedy series Californication.[21] He appeared on Royal Pains as Tucker Bryant for two seasons. In the 2012 film adaptation of the novel The Perks of Being a Wallflower Miller portrayed Patrick, alongside Logan Lerman and Emma Watson.[22]

Miller has been credited with singing, drumming and percussion on musical recordings by the band Sons of an Illustrious Father,[23] as early as 2011. The band is a trio that features Lilah Larson (vocals, guitar, bass and drums), Josh Aubin (bass, keyboards, guitar, vocals) and Miller.[24][25]

Miller played Credence Barebone in the 2016 film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, a spin-off to Harry Potter. He has been announced as part of the cast for the sequel, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, scheduled for release on November 16, 2018; he will reprise his role as Credence.

Miller portrays Barry Allen / The Flash in Warner Bros.' DC Comics adaptations, first appearing in cameos in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad, and then snatching the role as one of the leads in Justice League. He is set to play the character in the solo Flash film Flashpoint.[26][27] Miller attended Middle East Film and Comic Con in 2018 representing his character in the DC Comics franchise film Justice League.[28]

Personal life[edit]

Miller identifies as queer,[15] specifying: "The way I would choose to identify myself wouldn't be gay. I've been attracted mostly to 'shes' but I've been with many people and I'm open to love whatever it can be";[19] and to have "a lot of really wonderful friends who are of very different sexes and genders. I am very much in love with no one in particular."[15][29] Miller has said that they found out at a young age that they liked "kissing boys".[30]

Miller does not identify as male or female; “Queer just means no, I don’t do that. I don’t identify as a man. I don’t identify as a woman. I barely identify as a human."[31] Additionally, Miller has started to use all pronouns interchangeably. [32] Miller proudly embraced his non-binary identity in a November 2018 interview in GQ Style.[33] The story featured him modeling a broad range of masculine, feminine and androgynous styles.

On June 28, 2011, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, while shooting The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Miller was a passenger in a vehicle that was pulled over for a broken brake light, and police discovered 20 grams of marijuana in his possession.[1][34] Initially, Miller was charged with drug possession, but the charge was later dropped by a judge. Instead, Miller faced a penalty of $600 for two citations of disorderly conduct.[21] Miller later commented: "I don't feel like there's any need to hide the fact that I smoke pot. It's a harmless herbal substance that increases sensory appreciation."[35]

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Miller revealed having had a personal MeToo experience with a Hollywood producer and a director, both unnamed. Miller said, "They gave me wine and I was underaged. They were like, 'Hey, want to be in our movie about gay revolution?' And I was like, 'No, you guys are monsters.'" Miller then went on to show support for the #MeToo movement.[31]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2008 Afterschool Robert
2009 City Island Vincent "Vinnie" Rizzo Jr.
2010 Beware the Gonzo Eddie "Gonzo" Gilman
2010 Every Day Jonah
2011 Another Happy Day Elliot Hellman
2011 Busted Walk Jay Turner Short film
2011 We Need to Talk About Kevin Kevin Khatchadourian
2012 The Perks of Being a Wallflower Patrick
2014 Madame Bovary Leon Dupuis
2015 The Truth According to Darren Wilson[36] Co-author and Director Scene
2015 The Stanford Prison Experiment Daniel Culp / Prisoner 8612
2015 Trainwreck Donald
2016 Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Barry Allen / The Flash Cameo[37]
2016 Suicide Squad Cameo[38]
2016 Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Credence Barebone
2017 Justice League Barry Allen / The Flash
2018 Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald Credence Barebone

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2008 Californication Damien Patterson 5 episodes
2009 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Ethan Morse Episode: "Crush"
2009–10 Royal Pains Tucker Bryant 5 episodes

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Nominated work Result
2011 Hamptons International Film Festival for Breakthrough Performer Another Happy Day Won
2011 BIFA Award for Best Supporting Actor We Need to Talk About Kevin Nominated
2012 Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Young Performer Nominated
2012 Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actor The Perks of Being a Wallflower Won
2012 Hollywood Film Festival Spotlight Award Won
2012 San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Cast Won
2012 Santa Barbara International Film Festival — Virtuoso Award Won
2012 Detroit Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actor Nominated
2013 MTV Movie Award for Best Breakthrough Performance Nominated
MTV Movie Awards for Best Musical Moment (shared with Logan Lerman and Emma Watson) Nominated
2013 Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actor Nominated
2017 San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Comedic Performance Justice League Nominated

References[edit]

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  9. ^ a b "Walt Disney Company To Reorganise Publishing Business: Disney Publishing, Worldwide And Hyperion". Prnewswire.co.uk. 1999-04-12. Retrieved 2011-10-25. and is now the President of Macmillan's newest imprint, Flatiron Books.
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  11. ^ Moran, Michael (November 20, 2017). "Meet The Flash, the latest Jewish superhero". The Jewish Chronicle. Retrieved May 5, 2018.
  12. ^ Saar, Yuval (2012-01-19). "Ezra's Way (Weekend)". Haaretz. Retrieved 2012-06-01. My father is Jewish, my mother is not, but I consider myself entirely Jewish even though according to Jewish law I am not. I encourage everyone to understand that the rules were written before anyone could do DNA tests... I know that I am a descendant of Abraham through my father." And a visit to Israel? "I definitely plan to do this.
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