BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA - MARCH 27: Evan Peters attends the 2022 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Radhika Jones at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on March 27, 2022 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
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Evan Peters Was Scared To Play Someone As Dark As Jeffrey Dahmer
Netflix's "Dahmer – Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story" is the streamer's most controversial project in recent years and Evan Peters managed to tap into the serial killer's terrifying psyche to portray him on the show. Peters is no stranger to dark characters — he has played his fair share of wicked roles, but none terrified him as Dahmer did.
In an interview with Netflix ahead of the show's release, Peters talked about what his research for the role entailed. The actor watched the serial killer’s interview footage and read material about his crimes, and Peters admitted it was a harrowing experience listening to Dahmer confess to his crimes.
Peters said, “Honestly, I was very scared about all of the things that he did, and diving into that and trying to commit to that was absolutely going to be one of the hardest things I've ever had to do in my life, because I wanted it to be very authentic, but in order to do that, I was going to have to go to really dark places and stay there for an extended period of time."
Peters also described the challenge of playing a seemingly-normal person who was keeping a dangerous secret from the whole world. Ryan Murphy had one rule for everyone in the series: "Monster" wasn't a story about Dahmer's perspective, but about the repercussions of his crimes and how a corrupt system failed to stop him even when they had the chance.