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Watch: How Gotham Nominee Miles Teller Got Bloody for 'Whiplash' (Exclusive Video)

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood October 24, 2014 at 12:48PM

Watch as Miles Teller talks getting bloody for director Damian Chazelle in 'Whiplash,' which opens October 10.
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Miles Teller in 'Whiplash'
Miles Teller in 'Whiplash'

I thought Miles Teller had a future when I saw his touching performance in 2010 drama "Rabbit Hole" at age 22. I figured he had a career when I saw him carry the lead opposite Shailene Woodley in Sundance romance "The Spectacular Now." He is now a rising star who holds his own in Sundance prize winner and Gotham nominee "Whiplash," a stealthy contender for the Best Picture Oscar.

This serious actor is only 27, so there's a lot more to look forward to. His CAA agent Tracy Brennan, who also reps Aaron Eckhart, was so impressed by Teller on the set of "Rabbit Hole," his first feature, that she immediately signed him. 

Damien Chazelle and Miles Teller at Sundance
Anthony Breznican Damien Chazelle and Miles Teller at Sundance

He grew up in a family of music lovers and plays piano, guitar, saxophone and rock drums, and discovered acting in high school and went on to study theater at NYU.  So he had some musical training going into "Whiplash," but he says he did get blisters on his fingers as he prepared to do some serious on-screen jazz drumming. (His director Damien Chazelle added fake blood during filming.) 

He wants to do a "Once"-style musical with Woodley, who he's worked with twice now in "Divergent" and "The Spectacular Now." He's got some experience under his belt. "I feel like I belong," he says. 

Watch our Sundance video interview below. 

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.