Evan Peters skyrocketed to fame after his portrayal of Tate in American Horror Story: Murder House. He played the sadistic character with a lovable edge and became a sensation, becoming the face of the franchise and gracing Tumblr feeds worldwide. Before this point, he had only featured in small roles in movies such as Kick-Ass. Still, his acting talents were obvious, and his career would soon flourish.
Peters continued his success after he was cast as Quicksilver in the X-men reboot franchise. This took his career to new levels, as he was part of a blockbuster franchise, moving his success from the small screen to the big screen. His career has only blossomed since then, starring alongside Kate Winslet recently in Mare of Easttown (a role for which he won an Emmy), and shows no sign of slowing down. Here’s a look at the best Evan Peters performances, ranked.
Before his big break in American Horror Story, Peters had a role in Matthew Vaughn’s black comedy superhero movie Kick-Ass. His co-stars included Aaron Johnson and Chloë Grace Moretz, and the story follows Dave Lizewski (Johnson) as he sets out to become a real-life superhero known as ‘Kick-Ass’. Peters plays Dave’s friend Todd Haynes, who later becomes a superhero as well. It’s enjoyable to watch Peters in a role just before he became a household name.
6 Adult World
Scott Coffey’s Adult World featured Emma Roberts and Evan Peters, who would later co-star together on American Horror Story as well as John Cusack. The story followed Amy (played by Emma Roberts) who is an aspiring poet, aiming to be like John Cusack’s character Rat Billings. Peters plays Alex who is a co-worker of Amy’s, later turned love interest. The film had limited release as a small budget indie film, and it’s one that would slip under many people’s radars. It’s an enjoyable watch, and feels free flowing and carefully constructed at the same time.
5 Elvis & Nixon
Elvis & Nixon is a comedy-drama directed by Liza Johnson with a cast including Michael Shannon as Elvis, Kevin Spacey as Nixon, Alex Pettyfer, Johnny Knoxville and Colin Hanks. The film depicts the White House meeting between President Nixon and Elvis, and offers an insight into two men who are iconic American figures who no longer feel that they understand the culture. Peters plays Dwight Chapin, and delivers a strong performance even as a secondary character.
Ryan Murphy’s Pose has been hugely successful, and one of the most monumental shows of all time. The series focuses on New York City’s ballroom culture scene in the 80s and 90s, featuring an ensemble cast including Mj Rodriguez, Dominique Jackson, Billy Porter and Indya Moore. Pose made history with Rodriquez being the first transgender woman to win a golden globe, and the show broke a lot of equality barriers. For his part in Pose, Peters played Stan Bowes, an employee of Trump Tower who was a lover of Angel (Indya Moore). The relationship is heart-breaking and unfair, highlighting the inequalities the community often face.
3 X-Men: Days of Future Past
After his appearance in American Horror Story, Peters secured the role of Quciksilver in the X-Men franchise, which would familiarize him with the world of blockbusters. Quicksilver is a mutant who has the ability of super speed. Peter’s starred in X-Men: Days of Future Past and X-Men: Apocalypse, receiving strong reviews and securing himself a place in the X-Men franchise history.
2 Mare of Easttown
Mare of Easttown follows detective Mare Sheehan as she explores a murder in a small town. The series was acclaimed by critics and garnered 16 Emmy nominations. Kate Winslet plays Mare Sheehan, and Peters plays Detective Colin Zabel, who assists Mare on her investigation, a role he would win an Emmy for. Peters and Winslet have great chemistry together, and Peters even remarked on how great an opportunity it was to work with Winslet. Mare of Easttown is a refreshing show which depicts its women characters well and is well worth a watch.
1 American Horror Story
American Horror Story has run for 10 seasons so far, and Peters has had a main role in 9 of them. The franchise presents a new story with a new set of characters every season, making is a huge challenge for the cast to constantly adopt new roles; however, Peters does so very easily and successfully. After his first portrayal of Tate In American Horror Story: Murder House, he has succeeded in a variety of roles over his time on the show. Peters has remarked on how playing dark characters has taken a toll on his mental health, perhaps why he took a break for one series, however his performances have been excellent and added to what makes American Horror Story so great.
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