It was a series of “synergetic instances” that led Ezra Miller to the indie film world. Previously a classically trained alto soprano at New York’s Metropolitan Opera, Miller has been gaining some serious credibility as an actor since his debut in Antonio Campos’ acclaimed “Afterschool” back in 2008.
“It almost feels like it happened by default sometimes, but maybe that’s just hindsight,” says the 17-year-old thesp. “But I just feel incredibly grateful. The fact that I’ve been able to continue to get work that I’m passionate about has been just the most amazing and eye-opening experience.”
One surprise was “City Island,” a modest family drama in which Miller starred alongside Andy Garcia and Julianna Margulies. The film, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2009, went on to become one of the year’s biggest indie hits when it was released this past spring, earning $6.7 million.
Miller’s visibility should only increase next year with Lynne Ramsay’s “We Need to Talk About Kevin.” The actor landed the title role in the film (based on the award-winning Lionel Shriver novel) alongside Tilda Swinton and John C. Reilly, playing a boy who goes on a massacre of students and teachers at his high school.