Ezra Miller was born in Hoboken, NJ to Marta Miller, a modern dancer, and Robert S. Miller, who was a managing director at Hyperion Books and a publisher at Workman Publishing. Performing on stage started early for Miller, who at age six landed a role in the U.S. premiere of Philip Glass' contemporary opera "White Raven" and was a member of New York's Metropolitan Opera Children's Chorus. Training for opera at such a young age helped Miller overcome a speech impediment. At age 16, Miller dropped out of The Hudson School in New Jersey to pursue acting. The year 2008 saw the release of "Afterschool," his film debut in which he starred as an Internet-addicted student who records on video two girls overdosing on drugs. That same year, Miller started appearing on the hit series "Californication" (Showtime, 2007-14), as the boyfriend of Madeleine Martin's character. He built up his résumé with guest appearances on "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (NBC, 1999-) and an appearance in the independent comedy "City Island" (2009), as a teenager with a fat fetish. He also had featured roles in the 2010 films "Beware the Gonzo" and "Every Day," as a gay teenager whose parents (Liev Schreiber and Helen Hunt) struggled with an unexpected romantic crisis.While he continued to take on mainstream projects, such as a recurring role on the comedy series "Royal Pains" (USA Network, 2009-16), Miller was steadily making a name for himself on the independent film circuit. In 2011, critics raved about his chilling performance as a deeply disturbed teenager who commits a mass massacre at his high school in Lynn Ramsay's controversial thriller "We Need to Talk About Kevin." Based on the 2003 novel by Lionel Shriver, the film is told through the eyes of Kevin's mother (Tilda Swinton) who, through flashbacks, tries to make sense of her son's horrific actions. Given the extremely dark nature of the film, Miller still delivered a convincing performance and deftly portrayed a character who managed to intellectually justify his actions. Following the critical success of "Kevin," Miller delivered a scene-stealing performance in the 2012 film "The Perks of Being a Wallflower," based on the 1999 coming-of-age novel by Stephen Chbosky. Miller played Patrick, the gay stepbrother of Sam (Emma Watson), the object of affection of Charlie (Logan Lerman), an introverted freshman who slowly opens up and gains new experiences the more time he spends with the siblings. Unlike his previous roles where he played emotionally deranged teens, Miller's life-of-the-party character in "Wallflower" was decidedly more carefree, showing his range and potential to tackle a variety of roles.By Candy Cuenco
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