Who is Evan Peters?
Evan Peters is a well-known American film and TV actor. He has played supporting roles in popular TV shows, such as 'Phil of the Future' and 'Invasion.' He has also appeared in several films, including 'X-Men: Days of FuturePast' as well as its sequel ‘X-Men: Apocalypse.’ Born in St. Louis, Missouri, in the United States, Peters aspired to become an actor from an early age. Along with pursuing modeling, he also attended local acting classes. His first film role was in the 2004drama movie 'Clipping Adam' for which he won an award at the ‘Phoenix Film Festival’ for ‘Best Breakthrough Performance.’Over the years, along with his appearance in films and TV series, he has also appeared in numerous television commercials for ‘Sony PlayStation,’‘Progressive Insurance,’‘Moviefone,’‘Papa John's Pizza,’ and ‘The Kellogg Company.’ In 2011, he started appearing in 'American Horror Story,’ an anthology horror TV series, which can be regarded as his most significant work till date. His performance in the series has been appreciated.It has alsoearned him nominations for various awards.
Childhood & Early Life
Evan Peters was born on 20 January 1987, in St. Louis, Missouri, United States, to Julie and Phil Peters. He has two siblings, a brother named Andrew, and a paternal half-sister named Michelle.
Peters first attended ‘Grand Blanc Community High School.’Soon, he moved to Los Angelesin order to pursue an acting career. He then attended ‘Burbank High School,’ but soon dropped out and turned to homeschooling instead.
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Evan Peters’ first role was in the film 'Clipping Adam' in 2004. His brilliant performance won him an award at the ‘Phoenix Film Festival’ for ‘Best Breakthrough Performance.’
Later, he appeared in the 2004 American teen film 'Sleepover,' which was directed by Joe Nussbaum. In the film, he portrayed‘Russell Hayes’ who has a crush on the main character and wants to make her fall in love with him. Along with Peters, the film also starred actors like Alexa Vega, Sara Paxton, and Mika Boorem.
He then appeared in 'Phil of the Future,' an American science fiction series, that aired on Disney channel from 2004. The story revolved around a family that comes from the future, only to get stuck in the 21st Centurydue to thedamage incurred to theirtime machine. In the series, Peters appeared as a nerdy kid named ‘Seth Wosmer.’ Other prominent actors in the cast includeRaviv Ullman, Aly Michalka, and Amy Bruckner.
In 2005, he appeared in 'Invasion,' an American sci-fi television series,which aired on ABC network. Set in Florida, the story focuses on the aftermath of a hurricane in a small town where water-based creatures begin to take over the bodies of the town’s inhabitants. It also starred actors, such as William Fichtner, Eddie Cibrian, Kari Matchett, Lisa Sheridan, and Tyler Labine.
Over the next few years, he did supporting roles in various movies, such as 'An American Crime' (2007), 'Gardens of the Night' (2008), 'Never Back Down' (2008), 'Kick-Ass' (2010), and 'Never Back Down 2: The Beatdown' (2011).
In 2011, he started appearing in a popular horror anthology series titled 'American Horror Story.' Each season of the show is shown as a new miniseries, with different stories and different characters. Apart from Peters, the show also starred actors like Connie Britton, Dylan McDermott, Taissa Farmiga, and Denis O'Hare.
Evan Peters played a supporting role in the 2011 American thriller film 'The Good Doctor.' In 2013, he appeared alongside Emma Roberts in the comedy movie 'Adult World.' Meanwhile, he also made guest appearances on several TV shows, such as 'The Mentalist' (2010), 'The Office' (2010), 'Parenthood' (2011), and 'In Plain Sight' (2011).
In 2014, he appeared in the American superhero film 'X-Men: Days of Future Past.' Directed by Bryan Singer, it starred several popular actors, including Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Halle Berry, and Anna Paquin. In the film, Peters played a mutant named ‘Quicksilver’ whose superpowers include the ability to move, speak, and think in supersonic speed.
Over the next few years, he appeared in films, such as ‘The Lazarus Effect’ (2015), ‘Safelight’ (2015), and ‘X: Men Apocalypse’ (2016).
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He played the lead role in the 2017 drama film ‘The Pirates of Somalia.’ In the film, he was seen alongside industry veterans Al Pacino and Melanie Griffith. The following year, he landed a recurring role in the FX drama series ‘Pose’ and a cameo in the superhero film ‘Deadpool 2.’
In 2019, he reprised his role as‘Quicksilver’ inSimon Kinberg's superhero film ‘Dark Phoenix.’ He was also part of the biographical drama film ‘I Am Woman.’
Evan Peters' role in 'American Horror Story,' a popular horror anthology series, can be regarded as the most significant work of his career. Though the series also starred several other popular actors, such as Connie Britton, Dylan McDermott, Zachary Quinto, Sarah Paulson, and TaisaFarminga, only three actors appeared in eight of nine seasons, Peters being one of them. Each season shows a different story with different set of characters and some of the stories are said to be inspired by true events. The showwas first broadcast on FX network in October 2011.
Evan Peters appeared in the 2015 American drama film 'Safelight,' which is one of the few significant films of his career. Written and directed by Tony Aloupis, the film starred Evan Peters and Juno Temple in lead roles, while Kevin Alejandro and Ariel Winter played supporting roles. The film premiered at the ‘Nashville Film Festival’ on April 17, 2015. Set in the 1970s, the story focuses mainly on the lives of a high school student named‘Charles,’ played by Peters, and a prostitute named‘Vickie,’ played by Temple.
He appeared in the 2016 American comedy film 'Elvis & Nixon.' Directed by Liza Johnson, the film starred Kevin Spacey and Michael Shannon in lead roles, while Peters, Johnny Knoxville, Colin Hanks, and Alex Pettyfer appeared in supporting roles. The story focuses on a meeting held between President Richard Nixon and singer Elvis Presley in December 1970. Unfortunately, the film did not do well commercially.
Awards & Achievements
Evan Peters won his first award in 2004 at the ‘Phoenix Film Festival’ for ‘Best Breakthrough Performance’ for his debut film 'Clipping Adam.'
His role in the 2004 film 'Sleepover' earned him a nomination for 'Young Artist Award' under the‘Best Performance by an Ensemble Cast’ category.
For his role in 'American Horror Story,' he received ‘Best Supporting Actor’ nominations for‘Satellite Award,’‘Online Film & Television Association Award,’‘Broadcast Film Critics Association Award,’‘Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films Award,’ and ‘Fangoria Chainsaw Award.’
Personal Life & Legacy
In 2012,Evan Peters started dating Emma Roberts with whom he co-starred in the 2013 film 'Adult World.' In 2013, Roberts was arrested for physically assaulting Peters after a heated argument. However, Roberts was released a few hours later, as Peters declined to press charges. Though the incident made headlines, the couple decided to look past theincident, and mended their relationship.
The couple announced their engagement in March 2014.However, they separated in early 2019.From 2019 to 2020,Peters was in a relationship with American singer-songwriter Halsey.