Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Evan Peters: From Simple Portrayals to Breakthrough Roles

Evan Thomas Peters is known for his latest portrayal of the serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer in the Netflix series ‘Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story.’

Evan Peter’s Own Story

This actor was born on January 20, 1987, in Missouri. His father is Phil Peters, the Vice President of the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, and his mother is Julie Peters. He has an older brother, Andrew, and an older half-sister from his father’s side, Michelle. He attended a Catholic school and pursued modeling, and attended acting classes. Peter also enrolled at Grand Blanc Community High School and then moved to Los Angeles with his mother to his dream of being an actor when Peter reached 15. He mentioned that he wanted to act because he liked to meet the Olsen twins. He attended Burbank High School in his second year but eventually took homeschooling classes.

Different Roles and a Variety of Projects

He got his first acting role in the 2004 American drama film, ‘Clipping Adam.’ Peter also appeared in the movie ‘Sleepover’ in the same year ‘Phil of the Future’ a show on Disney Channel, and ABC’s sci-fi thriller series ‘Invasion’ and ‘The Days.’ He was also cast in the films ‘An American Crime, Gardens of the Night, Never Back Down, and its sequel ‘Never Back Down 2: The Beatdown.’ Aside from movie appearances, he also starred in many theaters like ‘Oliver Twist.’ He also had short roles in many series like ‘One Tree Hill,’ ‘The Mentalist,’ ‘House,’ ‘Monk,’ ‘The Office,’ ‘In Plain Sight,’ and ‘Parenthood.’ 

He also portrayed a supporting role of Todd Haynes in the superhero film ‘Kick-Ass.’ However, he couldn’t reprise his in its sequel because of conflicts in the schedule with the second season of ‘American Horror Story.’

Peter started to become famous when he played the role of Tate Langdon in the FX anthology series ‘American Horror Story.’ He continued portraying roles in this series, such as Kit Walker in the second season. He earned a nomination for this role in the Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor-Series, Miniseries, or Television Film.

Aside from horror stories, he also starred in the comedy film ‘Adult World and portrayed Peter Maximoff or Quicksilver in the 2014 film ‘X-Men: Days of Future’ and its sequel ‘X-Men: Apocalypse in 2016.’ Peter returned getting roles in horror and serial killer films in 2015, like ‘The Lazarus Effect,’ and in the fifth season of ‘American Horror Story’ which was subtitled ‘Hotel’ He did not also miss getting drama films like ‘Safelight’ and ‘Juno Temple.’

The following year, he was offered in the comedy-drama Elvis & Nixon alongside another season of American Horror Story: Roanoke. He continued receiving offers in the American Horror Story seasons until its end and earned nominations.

In 2019, he reprised his portrayal as Quicksilver in the Dark Phoenix film. However, when Walt Disney purchased the 21st Century fox, all X-Men characters were returned to the Marvel Studios. So, in 2021, he appeared surprisingly in the WandaVision, a Disney+ series. Again, Peter showcased his talent in different genres and even had an HBO project titled Mare of Easttown. That time he won a Primetime Emmy Award. Then another breakthrough role in 2022 was his portrayal as a serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer in the miniseries of Netflix’s Dahmer- Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story. It is the story of a serial killer convicted of 15 murder charges and sentenced to almost 1000 years in prison after killing 17 men from 1978 to 1991. Peters received much positive feedback on this project as he worked on it.

At first, Peters wasn’t sure if he would take the role of a serial killer. He also knew that the story was very dark and challenging for him as an actor. He said that when he received the script, he immediately watched Dahmer’s interview in 1994, ‘Dateline,’ to understand the psychology behind his behavior, read biographies, interviews with psychologists and detectives, and even the 1992 police report containing Dahmer’s confession. Peters prepared for four to six months mentally and physically for the role. He led weights around his arms and lifted them in his shoes, so he got the physical appearance of Jeffrey Dahmer apart from his behavior. Peters also Dahmer’s shoes, jeans, and glasses, and he even put a cigarette in his hands most of the time to copy the nature of the character. Peters also shared that he worked with a dialect coach to get his voice, how he spoke, and speech patterns, especially during the private moments of his life or whenever he wasn’t conscious about himself or interviewed.

Although they received good feedback, the writer also received comments that Ryan Murphy did not ask for the consent of the victims’ families and friends who were killed by Dahmer. Still, he slammed the issues, and they did a lot of research for three-and-a-half years and contacted the families and friends of the victims to get information for the series. Murphy said that 20 responded to their invitation and were all cooperative.

Dating History

There were rumors in 2010 that Peters and Pixie Geldof, the lead singer of Violet, were dating. Though the two did not confirm nor deny the speculations. He also dated Alexia Quinn, but they separated as he was busy filming the Adult World. 

After shooting the said film, he dated Emma Roberts in 2012. The couple was in an on-and-off relationship but was engaged in 2014. Their on-and-off relationship continues, but they did not get back together on their third split in 2019. There were reports that the pair split because of their toxic relationship. In one incident, while they were at a hotel in Canada, someone reported a dispute in their room and called the police. The pair had a heated argument and hurt each other. Police officers arrested Roberts because of Peters’ injuries. However, he did not file any charges as they had a misunderstanding. 

The actor also dated Alexandra Breckenridge, Kayle, and Halsey. Halsey and Peters separated on March 2020.