Evan Peters has shown off his acting chops on American Horror Story many times over, portraying more than 16 characters over nine seasons. His roles have run the gamut between good and evil, subtle and flamboyant, fictional and factual. Each unique character study is a masterful take on a complex person.
With such range, it is nearly impossible to choose a favorite. Did you fall for his unstable teen ghost Tate Langdon from Murder House, or find yourself fascinated and replused by his creepy modern-day cult leader Kai Anderson in Cult? Regardless, you have to hand it to the immensely talented actor for fully embodying his characters, no matter how disturbed they may be.
Previously a near-unknown, Peters blew it out of the water in his first role on American Horror Story. As the deeply disturbed, lovesick ghost Tate Langdon in Murder House, the audience somehow felt for the teenager at times, despite his dark history.
Peters nailed Tate’s hopeless romantic/sociopathic villain dichotomy, solidifying his place in the AHS ensemble and leaving a sense of excitement over which complicated role the talented young actor would tackle next.
In his first turn as a primary antagonist in the anthology, Peters played the eccentric, sadistic villain James Patrick March to flamboyant perfection in Hotel. Based on the infamous real-life serial slayer H.H. Holmes, March takes pleasure in his unimaginably violent crimes.
Ever the enigma, Peters portrays the sick “gentleman” slayer with raucous humor. Only a master can so easily swirl gut-wrenching cruelty with laugh-out-loud moments.
Peters’s portrayal of the highly moral but deeply unlucky Kit in Asylum was a major departure from his first role in the anthology. Falsely accused of slaying his wife and others, Kit finds himself imprisoned in a dark asylum and is subjected to sick medical experiments by a doctor with a questionable backstory.
Kit is intensely loyal and never loses hope despite insurmountable odds. Peters made the “good guy” role of the season immensely interesting, which is not always an easy task.
As a circus “lobster boy” in Freak Show, Jimmy Darling is a good-hearted, tragic character. Though born into a life of exploitation, Jimmy never gives up on the world and does what he believes is right.
Though not the most complex of his roles, Peters portrays Jimmy with his signature heart and precision.