Near the end of January in 2014, Whiplash — the story of a jazz student’s (Miles Teller) complicated relationship with his abusive instructor (J.K. Simmons) — burst onto the scene at the Sundance Film Festival, where it went on to win the Audience Award and prestigious Grand Jury Prize. More accolades followed over the next year, culminating in 5 Academy Award nominations and 3 wins (Best Supporting Actor for J.K. Simmons, as well as Best Film Editing and Best Sound Mixing).
While Teller had already been an indie darling for his performance in another Sundance hit, 2013’s The Spectacular Now, it was Whiplash (which is back at the Box!) that shot him into Hollywood’s stratosphere.
Since then, he’s done everything from comedies like War Dogs with Jonah Hill, to dystopian franchise films like the Divergent trilogy (reuniting him with his Spectacular Now co-star Shailene Woodley), to moving dramas based on true stories such as Bleed for This, Only the Brave, and his latest — Thank You for Your Service, a heart-wrenching look at PTSD based on the nonfiction book of the same name.
If you want to check out some of Miles’ earlier work, you can catch him briefly in the party movie Project X, or as the endearing cowboy Willard in the 2011 Footloose remake. When I saw that movie, I immediately knew Teller was destined for great things — he completely stole the show.
Next up for Teller? On the personal front, a wedding! He proposed to his longtime girlfriend, model Keleigh Sperry, at the end of the summer last year. Professionally, he’ll be playing Dan Aykroyd in the upcoming John Belushi biopic. Blues Brothers fans, get ready to “Hit it!”