• Prada Shoot – Outtakes

    I’ve added some higher quality shots of Ezra for the Prada campaign, and a few unseen MQ’s :):

    MEDIA > Photoshoots and Portraits > Photoshoots 2013 > March: Prada Menswear Campaign

  • Prada Shoot – Behind the Scenes

    See how the new Prada menswear autumn/winter 2013 campaign, starring Christoph Waltz, Ben Whishaw and Ezra Miller, came to life.

    MEDIA > Photoshoots and Portraits > Photoshoots 2013 > March: Prada Menswear Campaign – Behind the Scenes

    null

  • Ezra Models for Prada Menswear

    MEDIA > Photoshoots and Portraits > Photoshoots 2013 > March: Prada Menswear Campaign

    Christoph Waltz leads Prada’s new men’s campaign

    Christoph Waltz, Ben Whishaw and Ezra Miller are the latest leading men to be cast in a Prada menswear campaign.

    Prada has scored a pretty impressive line-up of famous men to star in its campaigns so far: Gary Oldman, Jaime Bell, Willem Defoe, Garret Hedlund, Benicio Del Toro, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Harvey Keitel, Toby Maguire, Adrien Brody – need we really go on?

    Never ones to rest on their laurels, the Italian brand has enlisted three more of Hollywood’s finest male specimens to front its autumn/winter 2013 campaign. Heading up the trio is Austrian-German actor Christoph Waltz, famed for his Oscar-winning role in Inglourious Basterds , followed by British actor Ben Whishshaw, who’s probably best known for his role as Q in Skyfall , then there’s Ezra Miller, who starred alongside Emma Watson in The Perks of Being a Wallflower .

    Shot by famed photographer David Sims, the campaign is inspired by the irreverent world of 60s New Wave cinema with the three actors as the “protagonists in a drama of wit and enigma.”

    It’s the first fashion campaign for all three of the men – and we think you’ll agree that Prada is a pretty good place to start.

  • Press Updates

    Miller dreams of Shelley role

    Ezra Miller has revealed that he would like to play English poet Percy Shelley on the big screen.

    The We Need To Talk About Kevin star admitted that portraying the Romantic poet would be a dream come true because of his radical behaviour among writing circles in the early 1800s.

    “The idea is I might play Percy Shelley, which will be very exciting because he was the original dope-addicted revolutionary rock star. I’d say this is a dream role,” he said.

    “I love the poetry, I think the story of The Haunted Summer in Italy is a really fascinating tale. And I really like the explorations of moments in history when a small group of people going crazy sparked a movement.”

    Ezra – who spent ten days in the Arctic Circle for a Greenpeace campaign – has been practising his British accent.

    “There’s a classic exercise where coaches will make you put a cork in between your teeth. Then you talk with the cork there so that you’re not talking with your jaw – it’s to stop Americans from yapping,” he explained.

    The 20-year-old also joked that he has not become an honorary Brit after working with Tilda Swinton (We Need To Talk About Kevin) and Emma Watson (The Perks Of Being A Wallflower).

    “You guys don’t have me yet, although I am very charmed by your ways,” he said.

    “I’ll still tease them for saying something like ‘going on a jolly’ or other things that don’t quite make sense to me. I’ll be like, ‘You didn’t watch it on the telly, Emma, you watched it on the television or the TV if you will’,” he added.

    Ezra Miller roused by the call of the wild

    EZRA MILLER is sipping on a mug of tea and lighting a cigarette in a pub garden in London – worlds away from his trip to the North Pole at the start of April, during which he suffered severe frostbite and sickness and faced the possibility of death day after day.

    “I am mostly in a mode of decompression,” he says. “It was a trip in a number of ways. It’s very hard to discuss because a lot of what I experienced out there is entirely ineffable. Most of us had never been to the Arctic before, or done anything that demanding. We would trek 10km a day and we had to carry a lot of heavy technical equipment. It was demoralising at times. It was the hardest, most extreme and probably the most worthwhile thing I’ve ever done.”

    On the ten-day trip, the 20-year-old star of We Need To Talk About Kevin and The Perks Of Being A Wallflower was part of a 16-strong team tasked with lowering a capsule – containing almost three million signatures, including those of Cameron Diaz, Sir Paul McCartney, One Direction and Sir Richard Branson – and planting a flag on the seabed as part of an international Greenpeace campaign to protect the area from oil drilling and climate change.

    While they were successful in their mission, Miller has been left with a lack of feeling in his fingers and some of his toes, an “accumulative effect” from the bitterly cold temperatures, which dropped to minus 45 degrees at times.

    “Certainly, the toughest thing is the cold,” he admits. “It is an inhospitable environment because it is too cold for a human being to exist there. You remove your mittens for 30 seconds and you experience the worst pain you have ever felt in your life in your fingers.

    “I don’t have full feeling in three fingers and my toes and I am a little worried, but I’m hopeful my circulation and nerves will return. I’m really grateful and happy I still have all my digits. That’s a profound blessing.”

    But the physical pain was worth it, he says, adding: “I would have even given more.”

    He is currently fighting to get his body back into healthy mode. “I caught a disease called North Pole-io,” he jokes. “The humour got more tasteless and less and less funny as we trekked on. Any pun will do.

    “My body wasn’t ready for those conditions and smoking probably doesn’t help. I quit for two months during training, and then the second I got to Svalbard (in northern Norway), I thought immediately, ‘It’s cold, I want a cigarette’. It was the best I’ve ever smoked.”

    Miller survived on an unappetising diet of frozen butter, cheese cubes and salami throughout the trip.

    “I was raised as an organic granola child and my body could not handle the freeze-dried food that was our official food source. So on day two I stopped eating it, which left me with the option of trail mix, frozen sticks of butter, chocolate, frozen salami and frozen cheese. So I went in hard on the butter. That was what I subsisted on the whole time,” he says, laughing again.

    “Due to our limited amount of fuel, I would melt the butter, salami and cheese in the same pan and consume it straight from there. I’d call it ‘Arctic fat sludge’.”

    He often dreamt of eating fresh vegetables. “Someone told me you dream about your loved ones initially on an expedition like this, but then you dream about food you’re going to eat if you survive,” he recalls.

    “I spent a lot of time thinking about radishes, how delicious they are and how badly I wanted a fresh radish to crunch into. I’m on a devout vegetable-eating binge now in an attempt to restore my natural palate.”

    Aside from the food, Team Aurora, as they were known, had to trek each day with their heavy sledges to reach camps before they arrived at their final destination. Miller was joined by three other youth ambassadors – Renny Bijoux from the Seychelles, Josefina Skerk from the indigenous Sami community in Sweden and Canadian activist Kiera Kolson.

    “One of the greatest challenges is you are standing on a frozen ocean and you’re on a piece of ice that can drift in any direction,” Miller says.

    “We had the misfortune of having a rapid drift southwards so for most of our trekking time we were struggling to hold our geographic position. We would trek 10km a day, and then find we had moved backwards two kilometres. That was tough. But even though we trekked for five days with no progress, we did another day and pushed as hard as we could.

    “All our equipment malfunctioned because of the extreme cold. In the end, we were almost out of fuel, which would have meant certain death, and I almost fell off a pressure ridge at one point – they are scary.

    “I was also acting like a fool and leaping across the hole we made for the pod, and I very nearly slipped in, which would have meant being trapped in the Arctic ocean under a metre layer of ice.”

    He adds: “It was really important that we had such an incredibly loving group that was determined to keep smiling, even in harrowing circumstances.”

    Miller, who says he would do it all again without a doubt, wanted to get involved because he is a “humanist”.

    It is not the first time he has done something for the environment – in November he teamed up with hip-hop producer Sol Guy to help Native American tribes buy back a piece of land in south Dakota they consider sacred. The New Yorker has also been involved in anti-war and anti-globalisation protests, and the Occupy Wall Street movement in New York.

    “I view environmentalism from a human perspective. I think babies are adorable and they have an inherent right to experience all the pleasure of life as we know it, and they should have an opportunity to have babies of their own,” he says.

    “I embarked on this mission because I like to think of myself as a storyteller and I see humanity weaving one great story of our own survival. Right now, we’re telling the story of a lot of hubris and folly which usually, in conventional storytelling, precedes utter tragedy and catastrophe.”

    While the capsule containing the signatures represents the number pledging their allegiance to a mass movement to save the Arctic, he hopes more people will be aware of the effects oil drilling has on nature and stop supporting companies which want to drill there.

    “I think we can mitigate and reduce the effects of climate change on this planet. Three-quarters of the Arctic sea ice has gone since records began, from 1979 till now, and that is a direct result of human-caused climate change,” he explains.

    “Inevitably, there will be further efforts to bring destruction into the Arctic and we, as a civilisation, have to be prepared to collectively raise our voices to stop that happening. It’s sheer madness and lunacy.”

    Miller wants other celebrities to get involved. “I think a lot of artists feel very choked and incredibly frustrated with their ability to speak their minds or influence change, because we are employed by corporations which are part of larger umbrellas that are centrally involved in what is happening on our planet,” he says.

    “It’s a privilege to make art on a mass-media scale and it’s very scary to put all of that at risk simply to get a message across. But in the context of this short lifetime we’re given, and what our actions could mean to the future, then it seems pretty obvious what we should do.

    “Besides, what is there really to lose? Maybe it’s time some of these ‘heroes’ of modern mythology start acting like heroes. I encourage those veterans of this industry that know the power they hold to step forward and to do something courageous to make any effort to make a difference.”

    Miller said no to gay killer role

    Ezra Miller has revealed that he was offered a role in Kill Your Darlings.

    The Perks Of Being A Wallflower star admitted he was asked to play Beatnik writer Lucien Carr in John Krokidas’ drama, which later went to Dane DeHaan, but decided to turn it down because he didn’t want to be pigeon-holed.

    “I was offered a role in Kill Your Darlings. Lucien Carr was a gay murderer. And having just played a murderer and someone who was gay, I thought it would be the ultimate pigeon-holing manoeuvre if I was to play him,” he said.

    Daniel Radcliffe stars as Beat poet Allen Ginsberg, alongside Elizabeth Olsen as Edie Parker and Jack Huston as Jack Kerouac in the film, which premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.

    Ezra previously played a teenage killer in We Need To Talk About Kevin and a gay high-school boy in The Perks Of Being A Wallflower.

    He joked he should only play “heterosexual good guys” from now on to avoid being stereotyped.

    “A lot of actors are playing ‘the gay’ to avoid pigeon-holing. It’s a massive sport,” he explained.

    “For a studio, it’s about reliable names and the income they will produce, so it’s easy to have that person play a similar role throughout their career. But for an actor, the whole interest is to spread your exploration of human beings as far and wide as you can, so it’s almost like a competition between actors and film-makers to flee your pigeon-hole.”

    The 20-year-old, a youth ambassador for Greenpeace, added: “Pigeon-holing develops incredibly quickly, I found. I made one film where I played a murderer, and got a million murderer offers and nothing else for a while. So playing a straight good guy is about the most radical thing I could do right now.”

  • Arctic in London with AMAZING 3D projection ft. Jason Mraz and Ezra Miller

  • Ezra & Save The Arctic Team Reach the North Pole!

    Team Aurora has lowered the flag for the future and a capsule containing the names of nearly 3 million Arctic defenders to the seabed at the North Pole!

    Campaigns > Greenpeace Arctic Misson > April 15: Save The Arctic Team Reaches the North Pole

    null null null null
    On top of the world, a ceremony for millions

    Something incredible happened yesterday.

    Our four young explorers on a mission with Greenpeace have planted a flag on the seabed beneath the North Pole, at the same spot where a submarine planted a Russian flag claiming the Arctic for Moscow.

    After a gruelling week-long trek across the frozen Ocean, over giant pressure ridges and around icy pools of open water, we planted our ‘flag for the future’ 4km beneath the ice at the top of the world and called for the region to be declared a global sanctuary.

    The flag is attached to a glass and titanium time capsule containing the names of 2.7 million people who joined the campaign to Save the Arctic. We came to the Pole to say this special area of the Arctic belongs to no person and no nation, that it is the common heritage of everyone on Earth.

    As global warming melts the sea ice, companies such as Shell and Gazprom are moving in to exploit the region’s oil. We stand in solidarity with Indigenous Peoples across the Arctic whose way of life is threatened by the unchecked greed of industry. We’re asking that the area around the Pole be made off-limits to oil companies, industrial fisheries, and the claims of nation states.

    Before lowering the pod, the four ambassadors held a ceremony at the top of the world, offering their wishes for the future, their dreams for a different tomorrow. Here’s what they said:

    The ceremony to mark the pod drop at the North Pole

    Renny: Young  people like us are living in a world that has been shaped by others.   We deserve a chance to set a different course. I come from the Seychelles, a beautiful island which could disappear under rising seas. The melting of the Arctic matters to my people, and billions more.

    Josefina: Yet the world’s most powerful companies and governments are not trying to slow this melting. Instead they want to exploit the place where we stand today. 

    Kiera: We wish to create a sanctuary in the uninhabited area around the North Pole and keep destructive industry out of the Arctic.

    Ezra: We imagine a new politics that respects the next seven generations ahead and understands the connections between all things.

    Kiera: We see a world where the rights and culture of Indigenous Peoples are honoured and respected.

    Sol: We see a new economy that understands the value of life and puts people and the planet before profit.

    Renny: We ask our leaders to recognize that climate change is upon us and to work together to fight it, for of us and for our children. 

    Ezra: By creating a sanctuary we will take a symbolic first step towards redefining our relationship with Mother Earth. 

    Josefina: We offer these words with respect for those who came before us, and hope for those yet to be born. {greenpeace.org}

    Activists plant North Pole flag to fight oil drilling

    Members of a Greenpeace team (Left to right) Josefina Skerk, Renny Bijoux, Ezra Miller and Kiera Dawn Kolson lower a titanium-glass capsule into the seabed to call for the Arctic to be declared a global sanctuary protected from oil drilling, on April 13, 2013 at the North Pole on the Arctic ocean. -AFP Members of a Greenpeace team (Left to right) Josefina Skerk, Renny Bijoux, Ezra Miller and Kiera Dawn Kolson lower a titanium-glass capsule into the seabed to call for the Arctic to be declared a global sanctuary protected from oil drilling, on April 13, 2013 at the North Pole on the Arctic ocean. -AFP

    THE HAGUE: Activists have planted a flag at the North Pole along with millions of signatures calling for the Arctic to be declared a global sanctuary protected from oil drilling, lobby group Greenpeace said on Monday.

    Expedition members cut a hole in the ice and lowered the “flag for the future” onto the seabed along with a titanium-glass capsule containing 2.7 million signatures against the exploitation of the pristine Arctic.

    The flag, atop the titanium-ringed glass sphere, was lowered four kilometres (2.5 miles) to the bottom, near where a Russian mini-submarine in 2007 controversially planted a Russian flag at the bottom of the Arctic Ocean.

    The Greenpeace expedition included Hollywood actor Ezra Miller, indigenous Sami MP Josefina Skerk from Sweden and Renny Bijoux from the Seychelles, who all trekked for a week to reach the geographical North Pole, a statement said.

    “We’re here to say this special area of the Arctic belongs to no person and no nation, but is the common heritage of everyone on Earth,” said Sami parliament member Skerk, 26.

    “We stand in solidarity with Indigenous Peoples, in the whole of the Arctic, whose way of life is now being threatened by the unchecked greed of industry.”

    Amsterdam-based Greenpeace says the Arctic is under threat from climate change, oil companies, industrial fishing and shipping, with oil giants such as Shell and Gazprom moving in as nations lay claim to areas previously covered by ice.

    Shifting ice and dwindling supplies meant that the expedition members had to hitch a lift with a helicopter for one of the final legs of their journey.

    Picture taken on April 14, 2013 at the North Pole on the Arctic ocean shows a titanium-glass capsule bearing a flag being lowered into the seabed by Greenpeace activists. -AFP Picture taken on April 14, 2013 at the North Pole on the Arctic ocean shows a titanium-glass capsule bearing a flag being lowered into the seabed by Greenpeace activists. -AFP

    The Arctic seabed is thought to hold about 90 billion barrels of oil and 30 percent of the world’s undiscovered gas resources, according to the US Geological Survey.

    “I can’t feel the tips of my fingers or toes but my head and heart are filled with a newfound determination,” said Miller, star of the 2011 film “We Need to Talk About Kevin”.

    “Melting ice is a catastrophe, not a profit-making opportunity. To see it as such is utter madness.”

    The Arctic Council, the governing body comprised of officials from from Arctic states, held its first ever meeting at the North Pole during the expedition.

    Greenpeace said that Skerk requested a meeting with the group but was refused.

    The flag was designed by Malaysian schoolgirl Sarah Batrisyia in a competition judged by British fashion icon Vivienne Westwood. -AFP {/thestar.com.my}

  • Gallery Update: Greenpeace Arctic Mission

    Campaigns > Greenpeace Arctic Misson > April 04: Final Preparations for North Pole Expedition
    null null null null

    Campaigns > Greenpeace Arctic Misson > April 06: North Pole Expedition Begins at Barneo Base
    null null null null

    Campaigns > Greenpeace Arctic Misson > April 08: En Route to the North Pole
    null null null null

  • Ezra Sends Message From the Arctic

    LIVE MAP: Expedition races to North Pole for environmental awareness

    Sixteen young trekkers are now on an expedition to help save the Arctic, while meeting with a delegation of influential Arctic officials at the North Pole in the process.

    The group’s ski trek includes Hollywood actor Ezra Miller, two Arctic Indigenous representatives, and a young man from the Seychelles.

    “We ‘re here at the top of the world sending love and warmth to the Phillippines. We hope you can join us and think for a moment about the Arctic, and how we’re all connected to this amazing earth we live on,” Miller said in a personal message sent to GMA News Online.

    Message to the Philippines

    “What happens up here in this fragile and beautiful place affects every single one of us from the tip of Greenland to the bottom of the Philippines. It’s hard to imagine how far away we are right now. But all of this ice up here, this incredible canvas of texture and light and cold and snow — it regulates the temperature of the entire planet. Without it, or with less of it, weather patterns everywhere begin to change in ways that we’re only just beginning to understand,” he explained.

    “We want to fight climate change and protect our future together, and we can only do that by standing up to people who put profit before everything else. A better world is coming, we really believe that,” Miller concluded.

    “This is a unique chance for us to talk with the people responsible for protecting the Arctic and we know our supporters around the world would want us to go for it,” said Josefina Skerk, 26, a member of the Sami Parliament in Sweden.

    “I’m here with three young people from across the world who each have connections to the Arctic and it’s a great honor to deliver our message to the council at the place we all wish to protect for future generations,” she added.

    Accompanied by Greenpeace, the youths kicked off their trek at Barneo Base, aiming to cross the sea ice to the geographic North Pole.

    However, they are also hoping to meet with members of the Arctic Council, the governing body comprised of foreign ministers and senior officials from Arctic states, who will also be at the North Pole this week.

    Skerk sent a letter to Gustaf Lind, Swedish chair of the Arctic Council’s Senior Arctic Officials, requesting a meeting with the officials.

    Greenpeace said Lind accepted the invitation.

    Time capsule

    The trekkers are bringing a time capsule containing a declaration with 2.7 million signatures calling for the Arctic to be made a global sanctuary.

    They plan to lower the capsule and a “Flag for the Future” through 4.3 km of freezing water to the seabed under the North Pole.

    According to the activists, no one nation should own the Arctic or be allowed to exploit the melting Arctic sea ice, which itself is a crisis created by climate change.

    Now, the campaigners plan to use the unexpected meeting with the Arctic Council to challenge the council and relay their demand that the uninhabited areas around the North Pole be declared a global sanctuary. — TJD, GMA News {gmanetwork.com}

    The Arctic wallflower

    ACTOR Ezra Miller is one of the four young ambassadors trekking to the North Pole.

    It is late as we write this. We’ve been on standby for a call from somewhere close to the North Pole.

    No, the call won’t be coming from Santa Claus, but rather from Ezra Miller. Yes, Ezra Miller, who brought chills down our spines when he played Tilda Swinton’s crazy son in “We Need To Talk About Kevin.” Miller is most remembered for recently playing the brilliant and tender-hearted Patrick in “The Perks of Being a Wallflower.”

    The phone rings and we hear a cheerful voice say, “Hi! This is Ezra Miller calling from the negative 39th degree Celsius near the North Pole. Can you hear me?”

    His voice, despite coming from a satellite phone somewhere in the Arctic, is surprisingly clear, save for the constant whooshing of the wind in the background. We tell him we can hear him and he chuckles. “This is kinda miraculous. I’ve never done this before. My mind is kinda blown!” he says.

    Miller is not trekking to the geographic North Pole for fun, nor is he there researching for a role. He’s there as one of Greenpeace’s ambassadors to raise awareness of issues in the Arctic, and to have it declared a global sanctuary.

    He is joined by other young activists from different parts of the globe who want to raise awareness for personal reasons. Renny Bijoux, one of the other ambassadors, is from Seychelles, an island in danger of being submerged from rising sea levels.

    The group intends to release a time capsule containing millions of signatures from people who have joined its cause. “We want to tell a story through a symbolic action,” says Miller.

    Activism is not new to Miller. He was inspired by his sister, also an activist. “When I was 11 years old, I’d watch my sisters engage in acts of activism. My sister Saiya was in Miami for a protest and I was excited living through her vicariously. I’ve always looked up to my sisters.” he says.

     

    Realization

    After religiously following reports about the protest his sister was involved in, he would later read a report about how policemen started attacking the protesters, and this would spark a realization in Miller. “The people were attempting to express themselves but were easily quelled by violence. It was a wake-up call that I’m still answering,” he adds.

    For Miller, whose job as an actor is to interpret stories of people, activism is another way for him to relate to the world: “Less than a year ago I met a wonderful human being named Sol Guy and we started talking about many things, most notably globalization, corporate domination and how human beings could affect change in meaningful ways.

    “We started talking about the idea of storytelling—the idea that human beings quintessentially tell stories—pictures, works of art; we also tell big stories with how we act and how we proceed,” he says.

     

    ACTOR Ezra Miller with the North Pole expedition team makes final departure preparations at Barneo base in the high Arctic.

    Their successful collaboration on creating a documentary detailing the struggles of indigenous people in the Dakotas to reclaim their land whetted their appetite for more.

    “At that time, we agreed to make more new and original stories because a small measure of success can create a ripple of possibility,” explains Miller.

    Of the story they are trying to tell about the Arctic, Miller says: “Right now we are telling a pretty horrendous story. If it was a movie it would be a terrible disaster movie.”

    Before agreeing to the Arctic trip, Miller had doubts. “It sounded very terrifying. I didn’t want to get eaten by a polar bear or freeze my fingers off. I value my fingers. But now here I am, in a tent, melting snow just to be able to drink a bit of water. And I’ll tell you it’s really well worth it.

    “When I look at this place, it is an absolutely essential part of this planet.” he says. His fans will be glad to know that they haven’t come across any people-hungry polar bears yet.

     

    Naked in the cold

    One has to wonder how Miller got in shape in time for the arduous trek, since he only had a month and a half to prepare. “First time in my entire life, I’m ashamed to say, that I started to exercise every day. Mostly yoga, some cardio in a gym, a little bit of running on beaches while dragging tires.

    “I went up to northern Canada—three hours north of Montreal—for skiing and camping training; that was really the bulk of physical preparation. I also entered a funny mind state; instead of complaining about being cold, I’d take off all my clothing and stand naked to try to give my body understanding of how it is to be cold, which made me look crazy, standing in New York in my boxers and T-shirt,” he says.

    Miller adds, though, “Crazy is not an image I’m too desperate to avoid clearly, seeing where I am now!”

    While he was briefed on what to expect, nothing quite prepared him for the reality of being in the Arctic. “It’s far more beautiful than I could’ve imagined or fathomed. It’s impossible to describe, even with all the video documentation we’re doing; it would be impossible to communicate how gorgeous this place is. That it took millions of millions of years to form frozen oceans at each pole of its axis which regulate the entire climate system of the globe is so hard to contemplate.

    “But you get up here and for some strange reason it makes perfect sense. This is how it has to be. The reality that three-fourths of it have disappeared due to human-made climate change is unbelievably horrifying, especially from where I’m sitting right now,” he says.

    “That oil and gas companies wish to take advantage of the melted waters to further drill oil, to me, is disgusting. Irrational. Any human being would be unable to see any advantage in it unless they were driven by profit. Oil and gas extraction will make money only for a small number of people. I didn’t expect to be so emotionally moved by this place. Humanity has destroyed so much but there’s still a pristine corner, sparkling white and to see that and to just think about a possible oil spill here sends shivers up my spine,” adds Miller.

     

    NORTH Pole expedition team members see the glass time capsule, for the first time.

    He mentions how he needed to melt snow first in order to drink water, so we ask him about the food situation. “We’re actually making some food now, we have these very, very disgusting bags of freeze-dried food that they give fancy titles to, like chicken curry or beef stew, even if all they are processed freeze-dried stuff.

    “We melt a lot of snow, and then you pour melted water into a bag of freeze-dried food and shake it around and you attempt to eat it without vomiting. I must confess that there is nothing I’m thinking more about these days than fresh food. I’m constantly in food fantasy land,” he confesses.

    Rare steak

    We ask him what he wants to eat the moment he goes back to the city, and his voice takes on a longing quality. “I want a plate of vegetables, delicious vegetables and some sort of delicious piece of meat—a rare steak with some sort of creamy black pepper sauce—what a cruel question!” he exclaims.

    Though we are capable of reducing our carbon footprint as individuals, Miller says that big corporations need to overhaul their practices for real change to happen. “When we get back, we will immediately edit footage in the hope that we can show this in May, so that the public can be made aware about the situation.

    “Oil and gas extraction shouldn’t be allowed in the Arctic. We need to make sure it doesn’t happen. Mass movement needs to happen to hold corporate leaders accountable for the destruction,” he points out.

    The group is barely halfway through its journey. As it heads to the geographic North Pole, Miller explains that for every 10 kilometers of skiing, a movement in the ice can move him down nine kilometers back, making progress slow and unpredictable.

    Still, Miller’s Hollywood calendar back at home is already booked.

    “No breaks for the weary. I’m set to head to the studio with my band (Sons Of An Illustrious Father) to record an album and then we go on tour around the United States. There are a couple of films I’m excited to be in towards the end of summer to the end of fall, and other creative adventures. It will go on and on until the day I die,” he says.

    We ask him if there is a particular role he’s been dying to play. “I want to be able to play as wide a variety as I am humanly capable,” he says. Indeed, in real life, and only in his 20s, Miller has taken on many roles—musician, actor, activist, and now, the Arctic’s champion.

    As we end the call, Miller makes one last request: “Enjoy the gradient of warmth on your part of the world and please send it my way. And maybe send some delicious food by carrier pigeon, too.”

    Visit www.savethearctic.org to find out more about the campaign. {inquirer.net}

  • Press Updates

    Q&A: Ezra Miller’s Arctic Activism

    The ‘Perks of Being A Wallflower’ star heads to the North Pole with Greenpeace to protest oil and gas development

    As warmer summers and ever-diminishing ice make the Arctic easier to access, governments and companies are scrambling for access to oil, gas and shipping rights. It’s been called the next great land rush.

    Ezra Miller, the 20-year-old actor best known for his roles in We Need to Talk About Kevin and The Perks of Being a Wallflower, wants to help stop this developing crisis before it’s too late. Starting this week, Miller will be skiing to the North Pole on an icy protest trek, joined by a team from Greenpeace and millions of signatures from people opposed to Arctic development.

    “The Arctic is an epitomizing example of the kind of backward thinking that’s happening,” Miller tells Rolling Stone. “Offshore drilling because there’s new, melted ocean – the idiocy of that particular idea is so baffling.” Read on for our full Q&A with the actor and activist.

    Why did you decide to ski to the North Pole?
    My friend Sol invited me. My first response was, “No, that sounds awful.” But then I thought about it and said, “Wait a second, that actually makes a great deal of sense to me.” Even though it’s a little horrifying, I think it’s worthwhile. And that brought me to hop on later than everyone else – the youngest and by far least experienced member of this crew. I’ve been just in frantic Rocky-for-nature style training, trying to get fit and ready to pull off the demanding physical element of this journey.

    Why this specific action? What’s the impact you hope it will have?
    Ninety-seven percent of scientists are in complete consensus that human-caused climate change is a reality that we must contend with. You would think all of that awareness would mean that world leaders and corporate interests would take reparative measures to lessen the extremity of this situation and try to ensure our survival, but the opposite is taking place. The Arctic is an epitomizing example of the kind of backward thinking that’s happening. It’s warming faster than any part of the planet, and its melting has massive implications for the rest of the world. But the response to this newly opened ocean is not, “Oh, this is terrible, we should be working to correct it” – instead, the oil companies and the nations that protect their interests are cordoning off sections of the Arctic and starting to think about divvying it up to drill for more oil.

    Offshore drilling because there’s new, melted ocean – the idiocy of that particular idea is so baffling. It’s so symbolically off-base that a symbolic action in rebuttal seems called for. So this expedition – Team Aurora, which I have perhaps foolishly joined – is going to the North Pole on skis. We’ll be pulling 140-pound sleds on skis that keep slipping backward every time you take a step forward, so it’s like an endless icy treadmill. We’re hauling all this equipment to make a hole in the ice, and we’re lowering a petition – a capsule with three million names – to the sea bed and offering up the idea that this pristine area of the world should become a sanctuary, as a first step in stating our purpose as a society and a civilization to protect our earth, starting with the most crucial places, like the Arctic.

    Your fellow trekkers include people from “front-line communities” of climate change, including the Seychelles and indigenous communities in northern Canada and Sweden. What do you see as your contribution?
    Realistically, I think I’m just going to be trying to pull my weight and not slow up the trip as the silly actor on board. But what I’d like to contribute is to be a representative of the people who might think that they’ll be less affected – those of us living here in the United States, for example – who feel like the problems of the world will touch us last or won’t touch us at all.

    There’s a great deal of apathy and a lot of cynicism and pessimism, and also just some happy blissful ignorance, that we subject ourselves to and conform to in the United States. Especially in my generation – there’s either the feeling that it can’t be that big a problem or oh, no, it is an incredibly serious problem but what are we really going to be able to do about it?

    Those are valid concerns, but the reality of the situation is that it would be very possible for human society to change our course and secure our own survival. The problem is the very small number of incredibly rich people who would like to keep harvesting and burning fossil fuels until there are none left at all, it seems. It’s a cycle that we need to reverse if we’re going to stick around on this planet – which I, for one, think is a pretty fun planet. We’ve been having some good times on it, and it would be nice to continue.

    I was here in New York during Hurricane Sandy. I watched as a city that is rather well-to-do and on its feet most of the time was really brought to its knees. I’ve been learning that the temperature changes and melting ice in the Arctic was partially responsible for making Sandy a superstorm.

    While we understand how the Seychelles or northern Canada will be affected, it’s important for us all to remember that it will not only be a certain demographic or a certain people in a certain geographical location that will be affected by the changing climate. It will be all of us, and those who come after us.

    You were involved in Occupy Wall Street for a while. How does this trip fit into what you learned from that experience?
    I’ve been very interested in activism my whole life, since the anti-globalization movement from when I was very young. Having seen the ups and downs of traditional activism I’m very interested in new approaches – particularly ones that involve telling new stories that spark interest in new ways, that cause people to think about situations in a fresh context.

    There’s a line that gets drawn where the interests of the public come into conflict with the interests of corporate power. We saw the fallout of a massive populist uprising that happened all around the world, with massive police repression, a lot of violence, a lot of people getting hurt, and not too much progress in terms of opening conversations between those who are centrally involved and those who would like to place their voice and their feelings into the conversation.

    By watching the unbelievable sacrifice made by so many people who were occupying Wall Street – which was a really fun, happy, broad movement at first and became a very bitter and complex ordeal by the time it sort of fizzled out – you just get to wondering if that form of mass protest in the streets is the best way. It’s certainly not the only way. Mass movements will always be incredibly important, but I think the creativity of mass movements is going to become more and more paramount, especially as the physical response of police repression becomes more heightened and immediate and total. There’s a way in which we cannot win simply by marching. I don’t know if we can win by skiing, but it’s a new approach. I think mass movements using creativity may be an arena in which we can still win.

    Do you see a connection between your activism and your work as an actor?
    What it all comes down to is storytelling. When we make movies or music or any type of art, we’re telling stories in order to start conversations. This metaphor is used a lot, but as human beings, we’re constantly telling our own story, writing it about ourselves as we go. The goal is acknowledging where you stand from a historical perspective and acting accordingly instead of feeling like an insignificant part of an uncontrollable machine – you can actually affect the story. I value both of those forms of storytelling immensely, and they do seem interconnected.

    What part of the trek are you nervous about?
    Cold. Cold! Negative 45, the point where Celsius and Fahrenheit are the same. It’s just freezing-your-balls-off cold. Waking up every morning with frost covering your face and your shoelaces and anything that wasn’t in your sleeping bag with you. It’ll be just a physical effort to survive in an uninhabitable region. I mean, I’ve done a little hiking, a little camping, but usually in the summertime! I haven’t done anything in this ballpark. This is way outside my realm of expertise. I’m in way over my head.

    I’m nervous about little things, like going to the bathroom. I asked someone how that works and their answer was, “Fast. Just as fast as you possibly can.” And polar bears are pretty scary, apparently – they hunt you for days and then they charge you and swipe your head off. That’s what one of the guides said. He used the word “swipe.”

    That doesn’t sound like much to worry about.
    Right! In conclusion, nothing. I’m not worried about anything. It’s a little walk over a frozen ocean. {rollingstone.com}

    ‘Perks’ star to trek to Arctic with Greenpeace

    MANILA, Philippines – “Perks of Being a Wallflower” star Ezra Miller plays the carefree Patrick, who is bullied and nicknamed “Nothing” by his peers, yet his recent project proves that he is anything but.

    The 20-year-old actor, musician and activist is set to go on an expedition to the North Pole in early April to plant a “flag for the future,” which represents humanity’s fight to protect the Arctic and reverse climate change.

    The special flag, designed by children and hand-picked by designer Vivienne Westwood, will be lowered to the seabed, miles below the surface. Attached is a pod made of titanium and glass containing over 2.7 million names of supporters, with musical acts Jack White and One Direction, and actress Cameron Diaz, among them.

    According to Greenpeace International, the mission is to “create a sanctuary in the uninhabited area around the North Pole, which is melting rapidly. The pod will rest on the seabed for decades to come as a symbol of global unity and peace.”

    In preparation for camping out in temperatures as low as 31°F and for skiing for up to 8 hours a day, Miller completed a training course in Motereal, Canada. There he was made to drag over 170 pounds of equipment and taught to melt snow for cooking freeze-dried food, all in order to test his endurance.

    “Even after months of training I’m still pretty terrified about skiing across the frozen Arctic Ocean. But I feel really honored to have been asked to take part along with these amazing young people, and it’s a story that I will tell to my grandchildren once we’ve won this huge fight against climate change,” says Miller.

    Miller will be joined by 3 other advocates: Renny Bijoux from the Seychelles, an island nation in danger of disappearing due to rising sea levels; Josefina Skerk from the indigenous Sami community in Sweden; and Kiera Kolson, a young Tso’Tine-Gwich’in woman from Denendeh, Canada.

    Ezra the free spirit

    Among Miller’s other advocacies is Save Pe’Sla campaign, a global effort to preserve one of the Great Sioux nations’ most sacred sites in South Dakota.

    Truly a passionate mover, Miller also sings and plays the drums and keyboard for his band “Sons of an Illustrous Father.” In an interview with Advocate, he describes their sound as a “metallic variety of folk music” or “heavy meadow.”

    Aside from his well-received performance in “Perks of being a Wallflower,” critically-acclaimed film “We Need to Talk About Kevin” earned him a Best Supporting Actor nomination for the British Independent Film Awards. In the works is his role as Leon in the film adaptation of Falubert’s “Madame Bovary.”

    {rappler.com}

  • Ezra Begins Training for North Pole Trek

    ‘Perks of Being a Wallflower’ Star Ezra Miller to Join Arctic Expedition for Greenpeace (Video)
    Ezra Miller Training - H 2013
    Courtesy of Paradigm Agency

    The actor will plant a flag at the North Pole in early April.

    Ezra Miller’s next project is a chilly one.

    The 20-year-old star of The Perks of Being a Wallflower and We Need to Talk About Kevin will join an Arctic expedition team to plant a “flag for the future” as part of an international campaign to create a sanctuary in the rapidly melting area around the North Pole. The flag, whose design was chosen by Vivienne Westwood from submissions from young people around the world, will be attached to a glass and titanium pod containing the names of 2.7 million campaign supporters, including One Direction, Jack White and Cameron Diaz. The flag and pod will be lowered to the seabed several miles below the surface.

    “I’ve never camped in the snow before and I’m definitely not an Arctic explorer, but I’m determined to plant this flag at the North Pole to declare it protected,” Miller says in a statement. “The Arctic is melting in front of us, and right now companies are going up there to drill for more oil. It’s time to create a new story.”

    Miller will be traveling with three fellow Greenpeace youth ambassadors: Renny Bijoux from the Seychelles, an island nation threatened to be engulfed by rising sea levels; Josefina Skerk, a member of Sweden’s indigenous Sami parliament; and Kiera Kolson, a songwriter and spoken-word artist who belongs to Canada’s Tso’Tine-Gwich’in indigenous community.

    On April 5, the team will set off from Barneo, a Russian ice camp at the 89th parallel, skiing for up to eight hours a day, camping in temperatures that could drop to -31 degrees Fahrenheit and using GPS locators among shifting ice floes in order to reach their destination. The journey is expected to take four to 10 days. As preparation for the excursion, Miller recently completed a training course in Montreal, where he dragged a sled containing more than 170 pounds of equipment and learned to melt snow in order to cook freeze-dried food.

    “Even after months of training, I’m still pretty terrified about skiing across the frozen Arctic Ocean,” Miller says. “But I feel really honored to have been asked to take part along with these amazing young people, and it’s a story that I will tell to my grandchildren once we’ve won this huge fight against climate change.” {hollywoodreporter.com}