Surging miles ahead

Surging miles ahead
Actor Miles Teller (C) attends the 87th Annual Academy Awards at Dolby Theatre on February 22, 2015 in Hollywood, California.

Miles Teller isn't a household name - yet. Fresh from supporting his Oscar-winning drama Whiplash during awards season, the 28-year-old US actor reprises his role as cocky bully Peter in Insurgent, the second instalment of the popular Divergent franchise.

In the movie, which opens here on March 19, Teller's character continues to give protagonist Tris (Shailene Woodley) a hard time in various ways, from criticising her new hairdo to selling her out to the diabolical Erudite leader Jeanine (Kate Winslet).

In August, we'll see him take the lead as Reed Richards or Mr Fantastic in superhero flick Fantastic Four.

After that, he will be appearing in the Martin Scorsese-produced biopic Bleed For This, about the inspirational true story of former world champion boxer Vinny Pazienza.

Teller has definitely come a long way from his early days of playing the "cool bro sidekick" or the wild teenager in films like Footloose (2011), Project X (2012) and That Awkward Moment (2014).

"That's why I've been showering and taking care of my hair," he casually joked to M when asked about the shift from supporting actor to male lead during a recent interview at the Four Seasons Beverly Hills.

"I always want the most interesting character in a movie. For Footloose, I was way more into (my character) Willard than the main guy (played by Kenny Wormald). If I read a script that I like and am more into the other character, I'll take it, but I'm ready to be given the opportunity to carry a film and be a lead because I can deliver."

Teller, who wants to follow in the footsteps of his idols Al Pacino and Robert De Niro, added: "I'm excited to take on more good leading stuff, and for an actor you don't really get those parts until you're older. The juicy roles for actors come in your 30s and 40s..."

After graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the prestigious Tisch School of the Arts at New York University, Teller made his feature debut opposite Nicole Kidman in the 2010 family drama Rabbit Hole.

It was his role in the 2013 romantic dramedy The Spectacular Now that gained him more recognition in the industry since he and co-star Woodley won the Special Jury Award for Acting at that year's Sundance Film Festival.

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