Here at FYA, we feel that it's our duty to introduce our readers to the charming new faces of Hollywood. After all, if you met a hot new boy at school, you would immediately introduce him to your friend, right?
It's a serious responsibility, and we don't take it lightly. So trust me when I say that you're about to develop a big ole crush on Miles Teller.
Fake Boyfriend Name: Miles Alexander Teller
Name says: I looked up "Miles" and the meaning was uncertain (something to do with "gracious" or "soldier"), but who cares, because Miles Teller is a totally rad name. It's the kind of name an author would make up for a YA love interest, amiright? And that's his real name, y'all.
Date of Birth: February 20, 1987
Age says: He's about to turn 27! Happy Birthday, Miles! Also, happy birthday to us, because it's not creepy for women over thirty to crush on a boy in his late 20s, right? Right?!
Place of Birth: Downingtown, Pennsylvania
Birthplace says: Thanks to his dad, who was a nuclear plant engineer, Miles moved around a lot as a kid. I would guess that changing schools frequently forced him to be outgoing, although I doubt he started out as a shy kid. In this Jimmy Kimmel interview, he talks about the group of friends he made in Florida and, more importantly, shows us some pictures of the shirts his mom made for his birthday. (Merry Teller = Mother of the Year.)
Education Background: Graduated from Lecanto High School (in Florida) in 2005; earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Tisch School of the Arts at New York University.
Education says: Miles did theater in high school (he was Willard in Footloose) and played in several bands (including one for his youth group!), but due to his passion for sports, he wanted to go into broadcasting. Thank god he changed his mind and attended Tisch, where he snagged a role in John Cameron Mitchell's Rabbit Hole a month before graduating. Hello, overachiever!
Where You Have Seen Him/Seen His Work:
The first time I encountered Miles was when I saw the Footloose remake. He reprised his high school role of Willard, and he was easily the best part of the movie, a.k.a. ADORABLE.
I knew I wanted to cast him in, like, every book report ever, but it wasn't until I saw The Spectacular Now that I realized my feelings weren't strictly platonic.
He is SO GOOD in this movie, you guys. He's charming and funny while hinting at the dark turbulence of his character's soul. Put this kid on your brochure, Tisch, cos the dude can ACT.
For That Awkward Moment, he teamed up with Zac Efron and Michael B. Jordan, two regulation hotties that still couldn't overshadow Miles' appeal. And if you've seen Zac Efron shirtless, then you know that says a lot.
Where You Can See Him Currently:
Miles made a big splash this year at Sundance with Whiplash, which won both the Grand Jury Prize and the Dramatic Audience Award, and I NEED TO WATCH IT LIKE YESTERDAY. He's also appearing in another film that we've all been dying to see-- Divergent.
He plays Peter, which means his scenes with Shailene Woodley will be totally different than their romance in The Spectacular Now.
Why You’ll Adore Him:
Miles Teller certainly isn't the hottest guy in Hollywood, although he does look a bit like John Cusack. He's got scars on his face from a car accident, and his voice reminds me of Danny McBride. In short, the dude has character, and that's why I find him utterly irresistible.
In addition to being an incredibly talented actor, he's a wildly charismatic real person, which I experienced firsthand thanks to my Divergent set visit. (Stay tuned for that post!) I mean, just watch him talk about his kickass grandma to Jimmy Fallon:
Miles Teller is going places, but he's already found his way to my heart. Due to Divergent and Whiplash, I have the feeling that things are about to get real crowded up in this swimfandom. So follow him on Twitter (@Miles_Teller) then join me in celebrating the fact that Peter appears in all three Divergent books. (THANKS VERONICA!)