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Young Actor Drawn to Knotty Role in ‘We Need to Talk About Kevin’

January 19, 2012

For a young actor trying to establish himself, Ezra Miller succeeds in a major way.

“This film generates a reaction like an ouch,” says the 18-year-old actor, who makes an indelible impression playing a coldhearted teenager in “We Need to Talk About Kevin,” based on a 2003 novel by Lionel Shriver.

“My first thought when I read the script was this was clearly an off-putting character and someone who was hard to identify with for most of us. Certainly, you can’t identify with his actions. But there is something motivating him that’s very human.”

Miller has a line on what motivates Kevin’s ruthless acts. “I think Kevin has a basic desire for the love of a mother, which we all have to some degree. We see in the movie that he didn’t receive that love in the way he needed it,” he says. “Now, he will do anything to capture that attention that he always hungered for in life. Read More