Yesterday, actor Evan Peters made his way to the Edwards Auditorium at the University of Rhode Island for an evening event. The 27-year-old actor is most famous for his appearances on the Disney Channel’s “Phil of the Future” and multiple roles in each new season of “American Horror Story” on television, as well as supporting roles in films such as “Kick-Ass” and the upcoming “X-Men: Days of Future Past.”
After an extended bout of enthusiastic applause from the mostly-female audience when Peters walked out on stage, URIÂ film professor Keith Brown moderated the interview, starting with questions about how he got into acting and who were some of his acting role models.
Peters replied that he has always been interested in acting since he watched a lot of movies while growing up. He followed that up by stating that two of his biggest acting inspirations are Johnny Depp and Joaquin Phoenix, singling out Phoenix’s performance in last year’s “Her” as a highlight.
For the aspiring actors in the crowd, Peters advised to not only go to many acting classes, but to watch and study a lot of films also. He also said that he would love to become a director at some point, and that he has become particularly inspired by the creativity of his “American Horror Story” director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon.
When it came to the difference between working in television and film, Peters drew attention to being able to work with big name superstars like Hugh Jackman and Michael Fassbender in “X-Men.” However, he also emphasized the close friendships he has formed with his “American Horror Story” actors like and Emma Roberts, to whom he is engaged, as well as Jessica Lange and Sarah Paulson.
The actor also talked about the challenges he faces when figuring out how to portray his various characters on the show since many story details are kept hidden until just before production begins. During the audience Q & A, he was asked what it was like adjusting to darker roles, to which he said, “I wasn’t sure and it was excruciatingly hard but awesome too.”
The audience also asked which of his three “American Horror Story” characters were his favorite and most difficult as an actor, which were Tate and Kyle respectively. “Kyle was the most difficult to play because he was so weird and abstract,” said Peters. He also explained that if he were to become anything other than an actor it would probably be a musician or singer, but with “American Horror Story: Freak Show” comingÂ out later this year that does notÂ look likely.