Evan Peters shot to fame on American Horror Story, where he blew television audiences away with his terrifying ability to transform into different characters in the anthology series. Having debuted in the TV chiller in 2011, more small and big-screen credits followed for the 31-year-old, including a prominent role as Quicksilver in the X-Men franchise. However, when Peters is not in character, he is – thankfully, if you are familiar with any of his American Horror Story parts – a very different person. And, furthermore, the St. Louis, Missouri-born actor has plenty of interesting, and occasionally quite hilarious secrets to share.
20. Scary movies used to be a freaking nightmare
“I wasn’t a huge horror movie fan before, because they kinda stress me out,” Peters informed People magazine in 2011. But, in light of this, if anything could cure a person of such anxiety, appearing on American Horror Story surely would. “Since working on the show, I’ve definitely gotten into it a lot more…” the star continued. “I used to look at horror movies as being really real, and it would totally freak me out and give me nightmares. Now I watch and think, ‘Whoa! How’d they do that?’”
19. He tried out for The Hunger Games
When it was announced that Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games novel would be adapted for the big screen, young actors’ ears pricked up all over Hollywood. In fact many stars were super keen to play Peeta – the love interest of Jennifer Lawrence’s lead character, Katniss. Reportedly, among those hopefuls to audition for the 2012 role were Alex Pettyfer, Lucas Till, Hunter Parrish… and Evan Peters. But, as we know know, our hero did not win through in the end – the job went to Josh Hutchinson instead.
18. His mom and dad can’t bear to watch
As many TV fans have witnessed for themselves, watching American Horror Story can be extremely hard-going. After all, most of the staples of the horror genre – blood, guts, bodies, clowns… you name it – feature heavily in the series. Psychological horror is very much a part of the picture too, and unfortunately this can be too much for more sensitive viewers. When People asked Peters in 2011 what his folks thought of the show and his character, he answered candidly. The actor revealed, “My mom can’t watch it. My dad told her, ‘Don’t ever watch [the school shooting] episode.’”
17. He’s totes not into, like, modern slang, bae
For the most part, Peters is quite the hit with younger women. But, never mind the fact that the actor has a huge fan base of teenage girls, he is on record as saying he does not understand the way they talk. And, apparently, “Bae” is a particular bugbear to say nothing of certain other shortened words. “I only learned about it a couple of years ago. I was like, ‘What the hell are you saying? Is that babe?’” Peters told Cosmopolitan magazine in 2015. “Teenage girls don’t finish words. Like “amaze” and other things I just can’t think of right now… Oh, totes. Ah, there you go – totes.”
16. Getting into the Rubber Man role required flexibility
To play his character Tate Langdon’s terrifying latex-clad alter-ego, the Rubber Man, poor Peters had to endure a lot. “It’s really uncomfortable in the – I don’t know how else to say it – crotch area,” he confessed to entertainment website Vulture in 2011. “It’s tight; it’s tight everywhere. It’s all latex, so it’s very thin, almost like you’re walking around naked. And it’s chilly. You gotta lube up for it and slip it on… it feels kind of gross.” In a word, urgh…
15. He was backwards on the fashion front
In the final analysis, the 1990s was a notoriously strange decade for fashion. Unfortunately, that was the era when Peters began to buy his own clothes. “Parachute pants was where it was at with me,” he ’fessed up to W Magazine in 2018. “We had those net mesh shirts that were cut off and that we’d wear outside with our parachute pants. We were also into Kris Kross, and we did the backward pants for a little while, too.” And that look definitely needs to be Krossed out.
14. He once worked for the Mouse
American Horror Story is one of the furthest things possible from the wholesome world of Disney. But, believe it or not, Peters actually started his career on the Disney Channel with a small part in the family-friendly broadcaster’s Phil of the Future show in 2004. Peters was by no means a major Disney star, but fans of his more recent work may still be surprised to hear about his involvement.
13. He boasts a bizarre taste in bagels
Bagels may be a popular foodstuff, but Peters likes his served a certain way. And it is a bit of a horror story for foodie traditionalists. “I actually put peanut butter on my bagel. I really like peanut butter and I like to ruin the bagel,” he proudly told respondents in a Yahoo Q&A in 2013. “You know what’s even crazier that I do sometimes? I do cinnamon raisin bagels with peanut butter. It is really, really out there. People say, ‘Evan, don’t do it! Don’t put that peanut butter on that bagel.’ And I do it anyway.”
12. Steve Carrell once showed him a spanking good time
Famous comic actor Steve Carrell once put Peters over a desk and spanked him… But don’t worry – the script called for it. The humiliating exercise was all for the cameras in an episode of TV comedy The Office, and it was hilarious. Back in 2010, Peters played the character of clerk Luke Cooper on the show, and got to interact with Carrell in a way that presumably few other people have. According to Peters on a 2016 episode of Conan, before the scene started, Carrell whispered to him that he was “really gonna go for it.” Is it too late for a The Office meets American Horror Story crossover episode?
11. It took him a while to tumble to Tumblr
The social-media platform Tumblr provides a home to a scary amount of Evan Peters fangirls… but the man himself was in the dark. “I literally didn’t know what Tumblr was [until] I did a photo shoot with Tyler Shields,” the actor informed Vulture in 2011. “He texted me, and he’s like, ‘Dude, all the girls love you.’ I was like, ‘What are you talking about?’ And he said there were all these Tumblr views or something…”
10. He wasn’t into Instagram either
It seems that Peters is not a social media savvy sort of person at all. “Instagram – I never really understood it; I still don’t get it,” he confessed to Cosmopolitan in 2015. He added, “I’m not very good at it. I just chalk it up to not being good at it.” However, he does actually have an Instagram account these days, and it has almost four million followers. So he – or someone very close to him – must have learned to be very good at understanding it.
9. He disobeyed direction while filming a real-life drama
For 2018 heist movie American Animals, Peters was cast to play a real-life person, Warren Lipka. The film’s director, Bart Layton, did not want his actors to speak with the people they were portraying, but Peters decided to ignore that. “I did talk with [Lipka], I broke the rules and found him through Twitter. But that was immediately stopped,” he informed film-fan website Cinema Blend in 2018. However, all things considered, Peters’ research for his role seemed to work out as the thriller received positive reviews.
8. He was a sucker for a good yarn
There are quite a lot of celebrity knitters these days, and for a while Peters was in the loop. But eventually it seems that the pastime gave him the needle and he subsequently gave it up. Maybe he will pick up the thread again one day? Or, of course, he could always take his old knitting needles to the American Horror Story set and use them as a highly creative pair of murder weapons.
7. He was a shoo in for Quicksilver
Apparently, Peters was a massive fan of the X-Men franchise when he was growing up. Indeed, he told online film information resource Moviefone as much in 2015. The actor recalled, “I always wanted to play someone with a superpower, specifically an X-Man, because I loved the movies so much as a kid.” So when Peters was cast as Quicksilver for 2014’s X-Men: Days of Future Past, he was awestruck. Not least because director Bryan Singer asked for Peters personally, and the actor did not even have to audition for the part.
6. He’s just not cut out to be first-date material
Peters may have an army of fans, but nonetheless the star insisted to Cosmopolitan in 2015 that he was no soldier of love. He told the magazine that he was likely to “say the wrong thing or do something stupid or fumble or spill s*** on my shirt” on an initial date. “I need a couple more chances than just the first one… I’m more of an acquired taste I think. I’m just shy and I don’t know what to say.” Awww…
5. He listened in to a massacre to get inside the head of a murderer
One of the many roles Peters played in American Horror Story was that of crazed cult leader Kai. To fully embody the murderous character, the actor decided to conduct some real-life research online. Unfortunately, it led to a pretty harrowing discovery. The inquisitive star ended up listening to a recording of 1970s cult leader Jim Jones instigating the notorious Jonestown Massacre. “It’s just a horrific experience to listen to that,” Peters told online TV and film portal Decider in 2017. But nevertheless, he still wanted to hear it because, “People were killed, and that’s a real thing.”
4. His cock sock did not quite come off
Appearing on the Conan talk show in 2016, Peters had an unfathomably awkward anecdote to relate about a “cock sock.” It seems that the device was meant to hide his private parts while wearing a hospital gown, as he leant over veteran actress Jessica Lange in an episode of American Horror Story. Horrifically, the sock gambit did not quite work and furthermore it did not go unnoticed on set. “I look over and Ms. Lange is telling the PA that apparently my balls were in her face the whole shot,” Peters informed the studio audience. “Apparently, a cock sock is not just a cock sock – it’s a cock and ball sock. So, lesson learned.”
3. His childhood crush was a twin obsession
In their heyday as teenage superstars around the turn of the century, the Olsen Twins bewitched many young boys. And in fact Evan Peters was one of them. When W Magazine asked him in 2018 who he crushed on growing up, the actor answered honestly. “First, it was the Olsen twins. For sure,” he conceded. “Yeah, they kind of got me out to L.A. in a way, because I was like, “I gotta meet ’em!’” So in a very roundabout fashion, it could be said that Mary-Kate and Ashley gave the world the teenage horror Tate Langdon…
2. He is cast against type and the toll is hurting his soul
As has been noted, Peters was no fan of scary content prior to his stint on American Horror Story. And, reportedly, playing horrible person after horrible person on the show has not been easy on the actor. Moreover, in a 2018 interview for GQ magazine, the sensitive soul actually got quite emotional about the subject. “I don’t like to yell and scream. I actually hate it,” Peters confessed. “I think it’s disgusting and really awful, and it’s been a challenge for me… It’s hurting my soul and Evan as a person.”
1. He has weathered a behind-the-scenes bust up
In July 2013, Peters’ personal life suddenly made the headlines. In brief, the star and his girlfriend, actress Emma Roberts, had the police called on them after worrying noises were heard from a Canadian hotel room they were occupying. Peters was allegedly found with a bloodied nose and a bite mark, and Roberts was arrested for domestic violence. Nevertheless, a joint statement from the thespians later claimed the whole incident was a “misunderstanding.” In fact, the two are very much still together and may even be engaged now.