TheInsider.com: What was your first impression of this script?
Dylan O’Brien: I just really loved what I got to do as this guy and I loved the dialogue. I almost wanted more of it. I just naturally get the words that Jon [Kasdan, writer/director] writes. I understand the way he speaks and what he’s trying to get across, so I could recite the entire movie by the time we started shooting because we did so much rehearsing.
Insider.com: Did that allow for improv?
Dylan: I wouldn’t tag it as improv because there was no need to go away from the script here, but it was free-range speaking in the sense that I had all the lines down, but I never once worried about specific wording with a sentence. I knew what Jon wanted me to say, but he let me say the words how I thought I should say them. That’s a good way of going about it I think.
Insider.com: What was the rehearsal process like?
Dylan: A few weeks before shooting start, Jon got me and Britt together, and we spent two weeks, just the three of us, running scenes, changing things, talking about everything – not even necessarily about the script. Sometimes it was just about getting to know one another. By the time we got to shooting, Britt and I were so comfortable with one another that it was really easy to keep riffing off that established relationship. It was so comfortable and made us more confident without realizing it. That’s something Jon does amazingly; he instills this quiet confidence in you that makes you feel like no choice is wrong, which lets you feel free.
Insider.com: While the characters are different, Dave and Stiles feel like they could almost be brothers. Is that unique energy something you thought both characters would have or just part of you?
Dylan: I think maybe a bit of both. The energy I give to Stiles and the energy I give to Dave is all intentional. I think maybe it’s because I have an energy inside myself that I don’t necessarily project in real life because I do it with my characters. It’s just something I think I can add to characters, but also, I wouldn’t have done it if it didn’t suit the character.
Insider.com: The movie raises the age old question of whether making mix CDs for a crush is allowed. What’s your opinion?
Dylan: I’m definitely not opposed. There’s no problem with making mixes for a girl. I’m somebody who is as inspired by music as much as the next person. I’ve always played and loved all kinds of music. Sharing something like a mix tape is really sweet. It’s a little piece of your heart at that moment. It’s like saying, “Here’s what I’ve been feeling recently.” Mixes are what you’re all about in that moment.