Ezra Miller
Ezra Miller by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Miller in 2016
Born (1992-09-30) September 30, 1992 (age 29)
OccupationActor
Years active2007–present

Ezra Matthew Miller (born September 30, 1992) is an American actor. Miller's feature film debut was in Afterschool (2008), which they[N 1] followed by starring as the title character in the drama We Need to Talk About Kevin (2011) and in the film adaptation of The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012). In 2015, Miller co-starred in the drama The Stanford Prison Experiment and the comedy Trainwreck, before playing Credence Barebone / Aurelius Dumbledore in the Fantastic Beasts films Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016), Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018), and Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore (2022). In 2020, they also had a recurring role on the miniseries The Stand as Donald Merwin "Trashcan Man" Elbert.

Miller also portrays Barry Allen / The Flash in films and television series set in the DC Extended Universe (DCEU), most notably Justice League (2017), its director's cut Zack Snyder's Justice League (2021), and their own standalone film The Flash (2023).

Early life

Ezra Matthew Miller[1][2] was born in Wyckoff, New Jersey,[3][4][5] on September 30, 1992.[6][7][8] They have two older sisters named Saiya and Caitlin.[9] Their mother, Marta Miller (née Koch), is a modern dancer.[4] 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's father is Jewish, whereas their mother is a Christian of Dutch and German descent.[11] Miller self-identifies as Jewish and "spiritual".[12][13][14] At the age of six, they 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.[4] They attended Rockland Country Day School and The Hudson School, dropping out at age 16 after the release of the film Afterschool.[10][17][18][19]

Career

Miller in 2009

Miller's start in film began in 2008 with Antonio Campos' Afterschool, in the role of 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.[4] The following year, they appeared in City Island with Andy García, Julianna Margulies, and Steven Strait. In 2010, Miller portrayed the lead of Beware the Gonzo and had a supporting role in Every Day, both of which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival. They 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.[citation needed] Miller played Damien on the Showtime hit comedy series Californication.[20] They then 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 played Patrick, alongside Logan Lerman and Emma Watson.[21]

Miller has been credited with singing, drumming and percussion on musical recordings by the band Sons of an Illustrious Father as early as 2011.[22] The band is a trio that features Lilah Larson (vocals, guitar, bass and drums), Josh Aubin (bass, keyboards, guitar, vocals), and Miller.[23][24] In 2019, the band released a cover of "Don't Cha" by the Pussycat Dolls and Miller appeared in its music video.[25]

Miller played Credence Barebone in the 2016 film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, a spin-off of the Harry Potter film series. They reprised the role in the film's sequel, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, which was released in November 2018, and in Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore, released in April 2022.[26]

Miller portrays Barry Allen as the Flash in Warner Bros.' DC Comics adaptations, first appearing in cameos in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad, and continuing the role as one of the leads in Justice League. They are set to play the character in the standalone film The Flash, which is set to be released in 2023.[27][28][29] Miller attended Middle East Film and Comic Con in 2018 representing their character in the DC Comics franchise film Justice League.[30] In 2020, they reprised the role of the Flash for a cameo appearance in the Arrowverse crossover event, Crisis on Infinite Earths.

In 2020, it was confirmed that Miller would portray Trashcan Man in the Paramount+ television miniseries The Stand.[31][32] The series premiered in December 2020.[33]

Personal life

In 2010, Miller dated Zoë Kravitz while they were filming Beware the Gonzo.[34]

Miller came out as queer in 2012,[35] but said in 2020 that they do not use the label "queer".[36] They had also said in 2018, "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."[37] Miller uses they/them pronouns, which GQ wrote in 2020 was "a pointed refusal to be gendered".[36] They previously used all pronouns interchangeably,[38][39] but as of 2022 uses they/them, it, or ze pronouns.[40] Having expressed an interest in "kissing boys" at a young age,[41] Miller said, "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] Miller also commented on having "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][42]

In 2018, Miller showed support for the #MeToo movement and revealed a personal experience of that kind with a Hollywood producer and a director, both of whom were left unnamed: "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.'"[37] Later that year, they announced that they were in a polyamorous relationship with multiple people, including their bandmates in the rock band Sons of an Illustrious Father.[43]

On January 27, 2022, Miller posted a video on Instagram that seemed to threaten members of the Ku Klux Klan operating in Beulaville, North Carolina.[44] In response, the Southern Poverty Law Center reported no knowledge of recent Klan activity in Beulaville.[45]

Legal issues

On June 28, 2011, while shooting The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Miller was a passenger in a vehicle that was pulled over in Pittsburgh for a broken brake light; police discovered 20 grams of marijuana in Miller's possession.[1][46] The actor was initially charged with drug possession, but the charge was later dropped by a judge. They instead faced a penalty of $600 for two citations of disorderly conduct.[20] They 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."[47]

On April 6, 2020, a video surfaced in a since-deleted tweet that appeared to show Miller choking a woman and throwing her to the ground. The video was confirmed by Variety to have taken place at Prikið Kaffihús, a bar in Reykjavik that Miller frequents when in the city.[48][49][50] A bar employee identified the person in the video as Miller, who was escorted off the premises by staff after the incident.[48]

Hawaii

On March 28, 2022, Miller was arrested in Hawaii following an alleged physical confrontation with patrons after having hurled obscenities at clients at a karaoke bar and was charged with disorderly conduct and harassment.[51][52] The next day, a Hawaii couple residing in Hilo filed for a temporary restraining order against Miller after claiming the actor threatened to kill them.[53] The official complaint documents filed with the local police alleged that Miller "burst into the bedroom of the petitioner(s) and threatened" by shouting "I will bury you and your slut wife."[54] Miller had been staying at the couple's home while in Hawaii after one of them met the actor at a farmer's market. The couple had bailed Miller out of jail on a $500 bond following the actor's previous arrest at the karaoke bar. The restraining order case was dismissed by a judge two weeks later solely per the couple's request.[55][54] On April 19, 2022, Miller was again taken into custody for second-degree assault by Leilani State Subdivision police authorities in Pāhoa for allegedly throwing a chair which hit a 26-year-old woman and left a half-inch cut on her forehead after being told to leave during a private get-together.[56] Miller had been arrested 20 minutes after the attack during a traffic stop at the intersection of Highway 130 and Kukula Street in Kea'au.[57][58] Just hours after this second arrest within weeks, Miller pleaded no contest to the karaoke incident and was fined $500 for disorderly conduct by Judge Kanani Laubach.[59][60]

Filmography

Key
Not yet releasedDenotes works that have not yet been released

Film

YearTitleRoleNotes
2008AfterschoolRobert
2009City IslandVincent "Vinnie" Rizzo Jr.
2010Beware the GonzoEddie "Gonzo" Gilman
Every DayJonah
2011Another Happy DayElliot Hellman
Busted WalkJay TurnerShort film
We Need to Talk About KevinKevin Khatchadourian
2012The Perks of Being a WallflowerPatrick
2014Madame BovaryLeon Dupuis
2015The Stanford Prison ExperimentDaniel Culp / Prisoner 8612
TrainwreckDonald
2016Batman v Superman: Dawn of JusticeBarry Allen / The Flash
Suicide SquadCameo
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find ThemCredence Barebone / Aurelius Dumbledore
2017Justice LeagueBarry Allen / The Flash
2018Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of GrindelwaldCredence Barebone / Aurelius Dumbledore
2021Zack Snyder's Justice League[N 2]Barry Allen / The Flash
Asking For It[61]Mark Vanderhill
2022Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of DumbledoreCredence Barebone / Aurelius Dumbledore
2023The Flash Not yet releasedBarry Allen / The FlashPost-production
TBADalíland Not yet releasedYoung Salvador DalíPost-production

Television

YearTitleRoleNotes
2008Cakey! The Cake from Outer SpaceBully1 episode
CalifornicationDamien Patterson5 episodes
2009Law & Order: Special Victims UnitEthan MorseEpisode: "Crush"
2009–2010Royal PainsTucker Bryant5 episodes
2020ArrowBarry Allen / The FlashEpisode: "Crisis on Infinite Earths: Part Four"; cameo
2021The StandTrashcan Man3 episodes
InvincibleD.A. Sinclair (voice)Episode: "You Look Kinda Dead"
2022PeacemakerBarry Allen / The FlashEpisode: "It's Cow or Never"; uncredited cameo

Video games

YearTitleVoice roleNotes
2016Lego DimensionsCredence BareboneDLC

Awards and nominations

YearAwardNominated workResult
2011Hamptons International Film Festival for Breakthrough PerformerAnother Happy DayWon
BIFA Award for Best Supporting ActorWe Need to Talk About KevinNominated
2012Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Young Performer
Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting ActorThe Perks of Being a WallflowerWon
Hollywood Film Festival Spotlight Award
San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Cast
Santa Barbara International Film Festival — Virtuoso Award
Detroit Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting ActorNominated
2013MTV Movie Award for Best Breakthrough Performance
MTV Movie Awards for Best Musical Moment (shared with Logan Lerman and Emma Watson)
Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actor
2017San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Comedic PerformanceJustice League

Notes

  1. ^ Miller uses they/them pronouns.
  2. ^ Miller filmed an additional scene for this new cut of the film.

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