Miller at the 2016 San Diego Comic-Con
Ezra Matthew Miller
September 30, 1992
Wyckoff, New Jersey, U.S.
Ezra Matthew Miller (born September 30, 1992) is an American actor. Miller's feature film debut was in Afterschool (2008). Miller starred as Kevin in the drama We Need to Talk About Kevin (2011) and co-starred 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. Miller played Credence Barebone in the Fantastic Beasts films Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016) and Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018).
Miller portrayed Barry Allen / The Flash in the DC Extended Universe, first in a cameo in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) and in a cameo in Suicide Squad (2016), and later as a lead in Justice League (2017).
Miller was born and raised in Wyckoff, New Jersey. Miller has two older sisters, Saiya and Caitlin. Mother Marta Miller (née Koch), is a modern dancer. Father Robert S. Miller was senior vice president and managing director of Hyperion Books, and later became a publisher at Workman Publishing. Miller's father is Jewish and Miller's mother, who has German and Dutch ancestry, is from a Christian background. Miller self-identifies as Jewish and "spiritual".
At the age of six, Miller started to train as an opera singer, in order to overcome a speech impediment. Miller has sung with the Metropolitan Opera, and performed in the American premiere of Philip Glass's opera White Raven. Miller attended Rockland Country Day School and The Hudson School, dropping out at age 16 after the release of the film Afterschool.
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. Miller appeared in City Island (2009), with Andy García, Julianna Margulies, and Steven Strait, and co-starred in Beware the Gonzo and Every Day, both of which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival. Miller 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. The film became a Cannes Film Festival sensation, receiving critical acclaim. Miller played Damien on the Showtime hit comedy series Californication. Miller 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.
Miller has been credited with singing, drumming and percussion on musical recordings by the band Sons of an Illustrious Father, as early as 2011. The band is a trio that features Lilah Larson (vocals, guitar, bass and drums), Josh Aubin (bass, keyboards, guitar, vocals) and Miller. In 2019, the band released a cover of "Don't Cha" by Pussycat Dolls and Miller was seen in its music video.
Miller played Credence Barebone in the 2016 film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, a spin-off of the Harry Potter film series. Miller reprised the role in the film's sequel, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, which was released in November 2018.
Miller portrays Barry Allen / 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. Miller is set to play the character in the standalone film The Flash. Miller attended Middle East Film and Comic Con in 2018 representing their character in the DC Comics franchise film Justice League.
Miller identifies as queer, specifying: "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"; and to have "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." Miller expressed interest in "kissing boys" at a young age. Miller does not identify as a man or woman; "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." Additionally, Miller has started to use all pronouns interchangeably. Miller revealed having had a personal #MeToo experience with a Hollywood producer and a director, both unnamed. Miller said, "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.'" Miller then went on to show support for the #MeToo movement.
On June 28, 2011, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, while shooting The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Miller was a passenger in a vehicle that was pulled over for a broken brake light, and police discovered 20 grams of marijuana in their possession. Initially, Miller was charged with drug possession, but the charge was later dropped by a judge. Instead, Miller faced a penalty of $600 for two citations of disorderly conduct. Miller 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."
|2009||City Island||Vincent "Vinnie" Rizzo Jr.|
|2010||Beware the Gonzo||Eddie "Gonzo" Gilman|
|2011||Another Happy Day||Elliot Hellman|
|Busted Walk||Jay Turner||Short film|
|We Need to Talk About Kevin||Kevin Khatchadourian|
|2012||The Perks of Being a Wallflower||Patrick|
|2014||Madame Bovary||Leon Dupuis|
|2015||The Stanford Prison Experiment||Daniel Culp / Prisoner 8612|
|2016||Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them||Credence Barebone|
|Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice||Barry Allen / The Flash||Cameo|
|2018||Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald||Credence Barebone|
|2008||Californication||Damien Patterson||5 episodes|
|2009||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Ethan Morse||Episode: "Crush"|
|2009–10||Royal Pains||Tucker Bryant||5 episodes|
|2015||Lego Dimensions||Credence Barebone (voice)|
Awards and nominations
|2011||Hamptons International Film Festival for Breakthrough Performer||Another Happy Day||Won|
|BIFA Award for Best Supporting Actor||We Need to Talk About Kevin||Nominated|
|2012||Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Young Performer||Nominated|
|Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actor||The Perks of Being a Wallflower||Won|
|Hollywood Film Festival Spotlight Award||Won|
|San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Cast||Won|
|Santa Barbara International Film Festival — Virtuoso Award||Won|
|Detroit Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actor||Nominated|
|2013||MTV Movie Award for Best Breakthrough Performance||Nominated|
|MTV Movie Awards for Best Musical Moment (shared with Logan Lerman and Emma Watson)||Nominated|
|Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actor||Nominated|
|2017||San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Comedic Performance||Justice League||Nominated|
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My father is Jewish, my mother is not, but I consider myself entirely Jewish even though according to Jewish law I am not. I encourage everyone to understand that the rules were written before anyone could do DNA tests... I know that I am a descendant of Abraham through my father.
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