Ezra Matthew Miller (born September 30, 1992) is an American actor. Miller's feature film debut was in Afterschool (2008). They 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. They played Credence Barebone in the Fantastic Beasts films Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016) and Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018).
Ezra Matthew Miller
September 30, 1992
Wyckoff, New Jersey, U.S.
Miller also portrays Barry Allen's Flash in the DC Extended Universe, beginning with a role in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016), a cameo in Suicide Squad (2016) and later as one of the leads in Justice League (2017), and its director's cut Zack Snyder's Justice League (2021), and will reprise the role in the standalone film The Flash (2022). They also reprised the role of Barry Allen on television in The CW's Crisis on Infinite Earths crossover in 2020. In 2020, they also had a recurring role on the miniseries The Stand.
Miller was born and raised in Wyckoff, New Jersey. They have two older sisters, Saiya and Caitlin. Their mother, Marta Miller (née Koch), is a modern dancer. Their 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. They have 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. 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. Miller played Damien on the Showtime hit comedy series Californication. 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.
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 the Pussycat Dolls and Miller appeared 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. They reprised the role in the film's sequel, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, which was released in November 2018. Miller is set to reprise the role in Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore, to be released in July 2022.
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 2022. Miller attended Middle East Film and Comic Con in 2018 representing their character in the DC Comics franchise film Justice League. In 2020, they reprised the role of the Flash for a cameo appearance in the Arrowverse crossover event, Crisis on Infinite Earths.
Miller came out as queer in 2012. Having expressed an interest in "kissing boys" at a young age, they stated, "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." 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."
Miller uses they/them pronouns, which GQ stated is done "in a pointed refusal to be gendered." Miller stated that, for them, queer means "I don't identify as a man. I don't identify as a woman. I barely identify as a human." Having used all pronouns interchangeably, Miller has also stated that they are "comfortable with all the pronouns" and that they "let he/his/him ride, and that's fine." Although Miller has been credited as a queer icon, GQ Britain stated that they also eschew the term queer, "as even queer is a label to [Miller]."
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.
In 2010, Miller dated Zoë Kravitz while they were filming Beware the Gonzo. In 2018, Miller revealed themself to be in a polyamorous relationship with multiple people, including the members of Sons of an Illustrious Father.
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. They instead faced a penalty of $600 for two citations of disorderly conduct. 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."
|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||Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice||Barry Allen / The Flash|
|Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them||Credence Barebone|
|2017||Justice League||Barry Allen / The Flash|
|2018||Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald||Credence Barebone|
|2021||Zack Snyder's Justice League[N 1]||Barry Allen / The Flash|
|Asking For It||Mark Vanderhill|
|2022||Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore||Credence Barebone||Post-production|
|The Flash||Barry Allen / The Flash||Filming|
|TBA||Dalíland||Young Salvador Dalí||Post-production|
|2008||Cakey! The Cake from Outer Space||Bully||1 episode|
|Californication||Damien Patterson||5 episodes|
|2009||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Ethan Morse||Episode: "Crush"|
|2009–2010||Royal Pains||Tucker Bryant||5 episodes|
|2020||Arrow||Barry Allen / The Flash||Episode: "Crisis on Infinite Earths: Part Four"|
|2020||The Stand||Trashcan Man||3 episodes|
|2021||Invincible||D.A. Sinclair (voice)||2 episodes|
|2016||Lego Dimensions||Credence Barebone||DLC|
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|
|Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actor||The Perks of Being a Wallflower||Won|
|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 Actor||Nominated|
|2013||MTV 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|
|2017||San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Comedic Performance||Justice League|
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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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