In director Lynne Ramsay’s artful bad seed drama, We Need to Talk About Kevin, Hoboken-born actor Ezra Miller terrorizes onscreen mom Tilda Swinton (poor girl!). Ah, if only Kevin was the son of a GOP candidate.
Of course, the off-screen Miller would represent a potential migraine headache to any and all of today’s nominees. Pot-smoking (and vocally pro-legalization), drums-playing (in the band Sons of an Illustrious Father), pro-LGBT, and happily inhabits sexually unorthodox and queer roles (e.g. an adolescent chubby chaser in 2009’s City Island and gay in 2010’s Every Day). In fact, he even one-ups Tom Hardy’s famed acknowledgement of real-life, same-sex experience when asked. “I’ve had many, you know, ‘happy ending sleepovers’ in my early youth,” he admits. “My period of exploration. I think that’s essential. Anyone who hasn’t had a gay moment is probably trying to avoid some confrontation with a reality in their life.”
Next up, Miller appears in writer/director Stephen Chbosky’s The Perks of Being a Wallflower as Emma Watson’s gay older brother, Patrick. “Patrick has a boyfriend that he keeps a secret,” he reveals, “because the guy’s closeted and ashamed. He’s the high school quarterback. One of those.” —Lawrence Ferber