Peters started acting when his family moved to Grand Blanc, Michigan, in 2001, because his father took a new job there. He attended Grand Blanc High School. In 2002, when Peters was 15 years old, he became obsessed with the Olsen Twins and wanted to meet them. He decided the best way to do that was to become an actor. He enrolled in a local talent agency in Michigan and took some acting classes. There, the local Grand Blanc photographer Bob Lamb saw him. Bob Lamb took pictures of Evan for his book "American Boy" and put him on a tape for agent Craig Wargo in Burbank, California. Craig Wargo told Peters to move out to Los Angeles and audition. Craig was Evan's manager for several years. He died in 2004, at age 48, of liver disease. His parents -- father Phil is vice president of administration for the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, which is committed to supporting projects that promote a just, equitable, and sustainable society -- decided to give Evan a year to pursue acting in California. "The talent manager said that a year was enough time to know if he could succeed or not," his father said. "The commitment was they (Evan and Julie) would give it a year." His father stayed home. The couple's oldest son, Andrew M. Peters, attended the University of Michigan, and daughter Michelle lived in St. Louis. "It was a busy year," Julie Peters, Peter's mother, said. "He got that movie, then a commercial for Sony PlayStation, four or five episodes of 'Phil of the Future,' and they just kept coming. At an American Model and Talent Conference in Florida, Peters won a number of acting awards, and his mother, who accompanied him, received a lot of advice. "Everybody seemed to think he had something," she said. The family flew to California for a combination vacation and get-info-for-Evan trip, following Craig's advice. In one week, Peters signed with a manager, Craig Wargo, and an agent (he was signed by Innovative Artists Agency) and began auditions. On just his second audition, he was picked by producer Michael Picchiottino for the role of Adam, in Clipping Adam. Peters 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. Peters 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 title of the movie refers to Adam's refusal to cut his very long hair. In the film, Peters had to use hair extensions. The role in "Clipping Adam" earned him a Screen Actors Guild Emerging Actor award 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. Initially, Peters mostly landed TV commercial spots, including Sony Play Station, Progressive Insurance, Moviefone, Sour Patch Kids, Papa John's Pizza and Kellogg. Taking it one year at a time, Peters would audition and continue to land promising rolls in MGM's Sleepover, Disney's Phil of the Future and a starring role in the ABC series The Days. Peters also landed a role in the ensemble cast of ABC's sci-fi thriller series Invasion. Supporting roles in films such as Gardens of the Night, An American Crime, Kick-Ass and Never Back Down (1+2), and guest starring roles on The Mentalist, House, Monk, The Office, In Plain Sight and Parenthood have showcased Peters’ comedic diversity and dramatic depth. He has also starred in several theater plays, including playing Fagin in a production of Oliver Twist at the Met Theater. Peters' breakthrough role was that of the teenage sociopathic murderer Tate Langdon in the first season of the hit FX series American Horror Story. Peters' performance as Tate has been widely critically praised. He also starred in the second season of American Horror Story, American Horror Story: Asylum, as Kit Walker, a man who was wrongly accused of killing his wife, a role that has also been critically praised. He is set to headline in the third season of American Horror Story, American Horror Story: Coven, in an undisclosed role opposite Taissa Farmiga, his love interest in the first season. Peters maintains that the best way to stay in this business is “to have a good work ethic, aesthetic sensibility, and a good sense of humor... Russell Crowe said that and he's awesome. Throws phones and stuff.” Peters will next be seen as Quicksilver in 2014's X-Men: Days of Future Past. Peters previously lived with his Phil in the Future co-star Raviv Ullman and The Veronicas' singer Lisa Origliasso. Lisa Origliasso and Peters were in a relationship. Lisa was later engaged to Evan's co-star in Never Back Down 2, Dean Geyer, in 2008. Peters currently resides in Burbank, California. Past girlfriends include Pixie Geldof, lead singer of a band called Violet, Alexandra Breckenridge, Peters' co-star in the first season of American Horror Story, fellow actress Alexia Quinn and most recently, Scream 4 actress, Emma Roberts.
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