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Q&A: Evan Peters Talks ‘Adult World,’ Horror Stories, and Sex Toy Shops at Tribeca

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Q&A: Evan Peters Talks ‘Adult World,’ Horror Stories, and Sex Toy Shops at Tribeca

Evan Peters at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival (Getty Images)


Evan Peters is the kind of actor who flies under the radar, and yet he's easily one of the most versatile stars gracing screens right now. The 26-year-old star is best known for playing creepy teenager Tate Langdon on the first season of "American Horror Story" and for his off-screen romance with Emma Roberts.

This spring, the Missouri-native is taking a break from scary television in favor of a lighthearted turn in the Scott Coffey-directed project, "Adult World." The film, which debuted at the Tribeca Film Festival last week, showcases Peters' talent as a comedic actor as he stars opposite his real-life girlfriend. The pair, who meet while working in a sex toy shop, dish up a sweet coming-of-age story with a little bite but not too much bark.

Despite the fact that his star is definitely on the rise, Peters remains humble about his work, telling Yahoo! Movies that he still gets a case of cold feet when he hits the red carpet. Check out what else he shared about his role, his New York vices, and the third season of "American Horror Story."

Tell me about your role in "Adult World."
I play Alex, who works at a porn shop called Adult World, which Emma's character, Amy, comes to work at because she is an aspiring poet but she's kind of failing at it. We end up helping each other out and I show her where she's making mistakes and she shows me where I am making mistakes.

Did you learn anything from your time spent in a porn shop?
No, I didn't learn anything crazy. Well, other than those toys are expensive. They're really expensive. Who knew?

[Related: Emma Roberts Talks 'Adult World,' Adulthood, and NYC at Tribeca Film Festival]

How was working with your girlfriend on the set?
It was awesome. She's so nice and so funny and really talented. It was really easy to work with her.

Would you work with her again?
Yeah. I would definitely do it again. We can't wait. We want to do a really funny movie together. We're excited. It is going to be really good.

This role is a big departure from your role on "American Horror Story." Which do you prefer?
I like both. It was nice because this was a little bit less to do. The roles on "American Horror Story" are so complicated. With this, we tried to add a little complexity to it, but nothing crazy. It was pretty relaxing.

[Related: Tribeca Q&A with Will Forte]

In Season 1 of "AHS," you played a kid who was involved in a school shooting. In light of recent events, would you still play that role as an actor?
I don't know. That is a very serious question. Obviously what has been done is absolutely atrocious and horrible, but I think that it depends on the story. It depends on what the message of the film or show is. I think it would definitely have to depend on the context of what the character was.

Kathy Bates is joining the show this season. Who would be your dream guest star?
I wouldn’t mind working with Shia LaBeouf. I doubt that he would ever come on the show, but that would be dope. That would be really cool to work with Shia. He's a great actor. I think he's one of the best. In our age range, he's the go-to.

Do you like the horror genre?
Honestly, not really. Before the show, I wasn’t [a fan], but now that I've been doing the show, I'm a big fan of horror. I watch a lot of the horror movies now. I go to the theater to see them, where before I would avoid it. It gets too scary. Now that I see the behind-the-scenes, and how it is done, I appreciate it more and it is really cool.

Do you like posing on the red carpet?
I get very nervous before. I get very intimidated and I don't know how to stand or hold my hands or what not, so it is very scary for me. I get really panicky. I am getting better though.

Have you ever tried street meat in New York?
No. But I definitely want to eat it. I want a hot dog. I love the pizza. I love to go into the little pizza shops and just grab a slice. It is amazing.

Pizza is good, but you know what is better? Bagels.
Bagels, really? I didn't know New York was famous for bagels. Wow. Emma had some bialys today. That's not a quite a bagel though. I love bagels.

Do you have a favorite bagel topping?
I actually put peanut butter on my bagel. I really like peanut butter and I like to ruin the bagel. You know what's even crazier that I do sometimes? I do cinnamon raisin bagels with peanut butter. It is really, really out there. People say, 'Evan, don't do it! Don't put that peanut butter on that bagel.' And I do it anyway.