Many actors and actresses in the industry will clamor on about pursuing ‘versatility’ in their careers as a noble challenge, like a well-scripted line that all highbrow creatives are mandated to say in order to be taken seriously about their craft. Outwardly, the words can feel empty, especially in the face of such oversaturated talent (or lack thereof). But when you come across real versatility in an actor, coupled with a subtlety, humility, and greatness of artistry, you’re able to witness the almost spellbinding freedom that allows them to rearrange themselves in a creative field with true poise.
Evan Peters—best-known for his various roles in American Horror Story and blockbusters like X-Men: Apocalypse—is one of those greats, and he’s only just getting started. We’ve been able to witness his creative determination to humbly weave in and out of great opportunities with his head down, taking each new pursuit in stride; from drama to comedy, action to historical epics, the rate at which he swings from one end of the film genre spectrum to the next never ceases to enthuse. Here, we talk to him about his foray into acting, his philosophies around being creatively flexible, and what he’s learned so far throughout the course of his career.