Evan Peters was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri. When he was 14, his father took a job in Grand Blanc, Michigan, where the family moved to begin their new life. It was in Grand Blanc that Peters met Bob Lamb, a photographer who put him on tape for Los Angeles talent manager Craig Wargo. Upon viewing the tape, Mr. Wargo knew he had found his next great talent.
Weeks later, Peters and his family came to Los Angeles for a visit, which would soon turn into a permanent stay. Mr. Wargo sent Peters to Innovative Artists Agency, who signed him immediately. His next meeting was his first audition for the independent film "Clipping Adam." Within a couple of weeks he landed the title role of Adam, and his career was underway.
"Clipping Adam" won a number of film festival best feature awards. Peters also won several awards for his role in the film, including SAG Emerging Actor at the St. Louis International Film Festival, Jury Award-Best Actor at the Eclipse Film Festival in St. George, Utah, Best Young Actor at the Down Under International Film Festival in Darwin, Australia, and Best Breakthrough Performance at the Phoenix Film Festival.
Numerous commercials followed, including Sony Play Station, Progressive Insurance, Moviefone, Sour Patch Kids, Papa John's Pizza and Kellogg.
In 2004 Peters made his television debut in the recurring role of Seth on Disney's "Phil of the Future." That same year he played the laughable-yet-loveable skateboarder, Russell, in the motion picture "Sleepover."
Most recently Peters starred in the ABC series "The Days" as the cynical but witty teen, Cooper.
Evan was born in St. Louis and was a student at St. Joseph Catholic School in Manchester before the family moved to Michigan. As a way to get involved in his new home, Evan got interested in acting and entertaining. A photographer at one of his classes made a tape of some of his performances and sent it to friends in California.
After getting an agent, Evan and his mother, Julie, moved to Burbank, Calif., to go after an acting career full-time. Evan with his Emerging Actor plaque On just his second audition, he was picked by producer Michael Picchiottino for the role of Adam. Evan said the selection was a "stroke of luck." Another stroke of luck for him was the selection of the rest of the cast. Many were veterans, including Oscar-winning Louise Fletcher to be his grandmother. Ms. Fletcher won an Oscar for her role in "One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest," with Jack Nicholson.
"Clipping Adam" took 26 days to shoot. Evan said they were the toughest days of his life. "After all, this was the first time I was ever in front of a camera on stage," he said. But, he added, "I soaked up as much experience as I could." The movie ended up as a 92-minute feature film.
The title of the movie refers to Adam's refusal to cut his very long hair. In the film, Evan had to use "hair extenders." St. Louis Post-Dispatch movie reviewer Joe Williams said "Clipping Adam" isn't a movie where "every after-school conversation is a life-or-death encounter."
Because of the lack of emotional tension, Williams said, "Fortunately, the cast is strong and Peters gracefully carries his weight as an angel with a human face and clipped wings." Since that movie, Evan has continued to be busy. "When I'm not working, I'm always going to auditions," he said. His agent has him trying for all sorts of parts, not just movies. Evan has a role in another movie, "Sleepover," which is now in production. Asked about his role, Evan said, "I'm a geek-loser type who happens to be a good dancer." In the movie, the "geeks" never get to go out with the popular girls. But, because of his dancing ability, Evan gets to enter a contest with the most popular girl. Of course, in the end, his team wins the dancing contest. Others in the cast include Alexa Vega, who was in "Spy Kids," and Mika Boorem, who acted in "Hearts in Atlantis."
Evan also has done work on commercials, for companies such as PlayStation, Progressive Insurance and Moviefone.
He also has a recurring role in an upcoming Disney TV show, "Phil of the Future." The sit-com is about a family from the past whose time machine breaks down in the present. Evan said," I play a character named Seth. I'm only in a few episodes." Asked about his time in California, Evan, who is now 18, said, "I love it."
About what he misses about St. Louis, he said, "Imo's Pizza." A typical California working day consists of getting up, going to the set and then three hours of school work. He is taking part in a Options for Youth home-schooling program. "Everything has been a huge learning experience," he said. Evan said he wants to continue with his acting career. However, if that doesn't develop fully, he has a Plan B. "I like weather. Maybe I'd be a meteorologist," he said.
Eightteen year-old Evan Peters was Cooper Day on The Days. Cooper is the eyes, ears and voice of the Day family, and chronicles their daily tribulations.
Peters came to acting through a sense of determination: He saw several actors he admired on television, and thought the best way to meet them was to become an actor himself. He took acting classes and was instantly hooked.
Among Peters' credits are playing Fagin in a production of Oliver Twist at the Met Theater. He has appeared in two feature films, Sleepover, a Disney film directed by Joe Nussbaum, and Clipping Adam, an independent film directed by Michael Pincchioptino. He has also had a recurring television role in Disney's Phil of the Future.
Peters enjoys playing guitar, reading and playing frisbee on the beach with his dog, Fido. He hails from St. Louis, Missouri. … Expand
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|X-Men: Apocalypse||May 27, 2016||Peter/Quicksilver||tbd|
|Lazarus||Jan 30, 2015||Cast||tbd|
|X-Men: Days of Future Past||May 23, 2014||Peter/Quicksilver / Pietro Maximoff/Quicksilver||8.4|
|Adult World||Feb 14, 2014||Alex / Alex||5.9|
|Kick-Ass||Apr 16, 2010||Todd||8.3|
|Never Back Down||Mar 14, 2008||Max Cooperman||7.5|
|Sleepover||Jul 9, 2004||Russell||4.6|