Shawn Carter Peterson

Actor / Director

Shawn Carter Peterson

Shawn Carter Peterson is a native of Baltimore, MD.  He graduated from Vassar College cum laude with a dual degree in Drama and Africana Studies.  Since moving to Los Angeles, Shawn has made a name for himself by becoming a recognized staple in tons of national commercials, and print ads.  As one of young Hollywood’s up and coming actors, Shawn's appearances on television have varied from 1 hour dramas like HBO’s Entourage, F/X’s The Shield & FOX’s House to half hour sitcoms like  CBS’ How I Met Your Mother & FOX's Til Death .  Most recently, Shawn landed roles on Showtime's United States of Tara, TNT's Franklin & Bash, CBS's $#*! My DAD SAYS, TNT's Common Law &  ABC's CASTLE.  Broadening his breadth of work to also encompass film, Shawn worked on the Lifetime movie Midnight Bayou billed alongside Jerry O'Connell & Academy Award winner Faye Dunaway. He also shared the screen with teen sensation Miley Cyrus in the hit film Hannah Montana-The Movie as well as with Billy Bob Thornton in the upcoming film The Baytown Outlaws.  This spring, Shawn will make his blockbuster debut as "Wes" in Stephanie Meyer's THE HOST  directed by Andrew Niccol.

Shawn Carter Peterson of The Host talks aliens and acting with Blast

Shawn Carter Peterson started his career at a Baltimore middle school in green tights. He hit the stage for the first time during a Friends School production of Peter Pan, as Mr. Pan himself. In the years since, the actor has leapt from role to role, climbing his way up the acting ladder.  On March 29, Carter Peterson will hit the big screen in The Host, alongside Saoirse Ronan and Diane Kruger.

The Host is an adaptation of a Stephenie Meyer novel, also the author of the Twilight saga. It takes place in the future when aliens have invaded Earth, trying to erase the human race. Human bodies act as hosts to parasitic alien souls, transforming them into shiny-eyed machines. The few humans left fight to stave off the aliens, while love, jealousy and anger threaten to thwart their battle. Carter Peterson, now in his thirties, plays Wes, one of the humans.

“Wes is a pretty cool character.  He’s one of the guys who is always around, he’s always there to help out,” Carter Peterson says in a phone interview with Blast. “He’s a supporting character.”

The character displays his dependability in one of Carter Peterson’s favorite scenes that he shot, in which Wes and Ian (Jake Abel) rescue Kyle (Boyd Holbrook) from drowning.  The producers didn’t make it easy on the cast, setting up an actual underwater river.

“It was hard! We had to really go for it, Carter Peterson says with a chuckle. “It was fun, yet stressful, yet scary, yet fun.”

Despite Meyer’s sparkling characters from Twilight, Carter Peterson says no one in this movie glitters. He does, however, hint at some pretty cool visuals.

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