Ezra Matthew Miller (born September 30, 1992) is an American actor and singer. He made his feature film debut in the film Afterschool (2008). He 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, he co-starred in the drama The Stanford Prison Experiment and the comedy Trainwreck. He plays Barry Allen / The Flash in the DC Extended Universe, first in a cameo in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016), and later as a lead in Justice League (2017). He also played Credence Barebone in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016).
Miller was born and raised in Wyckoff, New Jersey. His mother, Marta (Koch), is a modern dancer. His father, Robert S. Miller, was senior vice president and managing director of Hyperion Books, and later became a publisher at Workman Publishing. Miller has two older sisters, Saiya and Caitlin. His father is Jewish and his mother, who has German and Dutch ancestry, is from a Christian background. Ezra considers himself Jewish, and "spiritual".
When he was six, Miller started to train as an opera singer, to help him overcome a speech impediment. He has sung with the Metropolitan Opera, and performed in the American premiere of Philip Glass's opera White Raven. He attended Rockland Country Day School and The Hudson School, dropping out after the release of the film Afterschool. He dropped out at age 16.
Miller began his film career in 2008 with the Antonio Campos's Afterschool, in which he played a teenager at a boarding school who accidentally filmed the drug-related deaths of two classmates, and is then asked to put together a memorial video. After that, 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 movie We Need to Talk About Kevin with John C. Reilly and Tilda Swinton, which was directed and adapted by Lynne Ramsay from American author Lionel Shriver's 2003 novel of the same name. The film became a Cannes Film Festival sensation, winning critical acclaim. Miller also acted as Damien on Showtime's hit comedy television program Californication. He appeared on Royal Pains as Tucker Bryant for two seasons. In the movie adaptation of the novel The Perks of Being a Wallflower he played Patrick, opposite Logan Lerman and Emma Watson. The film was released on September 21, 2012.
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.
Ezra also played Credence Barebone in the 2016 film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, and has been announced as part of the cast for the sequel, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald. The movie is expected to be released on November 16, 2018, and Miller will return as Credence.
Miller plays 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 then snatching the role as one of the leads in Justice League. He is set to play the character in the solo Flash film Flashpoint.
Miller has described himself 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 wherever it can be"; and that he has "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 has also stated in an interview that he found out he 'liked kissing boys' when he was younger.
On June 28, 2011, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where he was 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 that he had 20 grams of marijuana in his possession. He was initially charged with drug possession, but the charge was later dropped by a judge. Instead of these charges, 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|
|2011||Busted Walk||Jay Turner||Short film|
|2011||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|
|2016||Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice||Barry Allen / The Flash||Cameo|
|2016||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||Post-production|
|2008||Californication||Damien Patterson||5 Episodes|
|2009||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Ethan Morse||Episode: "Crush"|
|2009–10||Royal Pains||Tucker Bryant||5 Episodes|
|2011||Hamptons International Film Festival for Breakthrough Performer||Another Happy Day||Won|
|2011||BIFA Award for Best Supporting Actor||We Need to Talk About Kevin||Nominated|
|2012||Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Young Performer||Nominated|
|2012||Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actor||The Perks of Being a Wallflower||Won|
|2012||Hollywood Film Festival Spotlight Award||Won|
|2012||San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Cast||Won|
|2012||Santa Barbara International Film Festival — Virtuoso Award||Won|
|2012||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|
|2013||Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actor||Nominated|
|2017||San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Comedic Performance||Justice League||Nominated|
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." And a visit to Israel? "I definitely plan to do this.