JustJaredJr.com: Hi Dylan! So tell us about the audition process for this role.
Dylan O’Brien: It was cool. It was just a regular couple reads, regular audition at first. You go through a casting director and then you get to the directors and producers. And reading with Vince was the highlight of that process. That was the last step. We all got to go in and audition with Vince. He was so cool in the room and so giving. He would just riff with you forever. It was my longest audition I think I ever had. And most of which was all made up. The audition should have only taken five minutes, technically, but then Vince would make it a whole thing and you would just go with him. He’d basically just see if you could hang, kind of. It was cool because a lot of what we said in the audition room made it into the movie and it kind of established our dynamic with them.
JJJ: You’ve been doing comedy back since your YouTube days, but that had to be pretty intimidating.
DO: Well, hell yeah (laughs)! Yeah, I’m comfortable improving, more so than having lines I think. But the Vince factor and just auditioning in general is very nerve-racking. Going into a room, you have like eight people looking at you and you’re sitting there, and you just have to do it. But what was so great was that it was such an awesome room. I was comfortable instantly. Once Vince starts riffing with you, you kind of settle in. The producers were all fun and great too. Everyone was just laughing. It was a lot of fun. Intimidating for maybe like a second, definitely. How could it not be? But then instantly comfortable and just a great time.
JJJ: You play a nice guy in most of your roles. Was it nice to play sort of a jerk in this film?
DO: Yeah, it was so much fun. That was intimidating at first. I was so afraid, like “Oh my God, I don’t know if I’m going to be able to pull this off.” The whole dynamic I established with Vince was that I just this jerk to him. And I was like, “Are people going to buy that?” But yeah, it was so much fun. And he does come around. Vince and Owen’s characters teach him to open up and let his guard down, let loose and have fun for a second and not be so uptight and dismissive of everyone around him.
JJJ: You look pretty good in those hipster glasses! Those were fake, right?
DO: Yeah, they were fake. When we went in for my first fitting, we were just like establishing what was happening and they were giving me this hipster-y vibe, all these layers with cardigans and stuff. I thought it was hilarious. And then so, the glasses for me, were just the classic top-off. I don’t know why, but it just so perfectly put together that sort of hipster-y… like “If I have to wear glasses, I want to make them cool glasses” thing, you know? Shawn [Levy] loved the lgasses too. So from then, we were just full-on with the glasses and the beanie too (laughs).
JJJ: If you could intern anywhere, where would it be?
DO: Google, for sure (laughs). If it’s anything like we shot, that’s the one to do. Just for the sake of answering the question, Google. I have no shot, obviously. But that would be even kind of fun going into with no shot because then it takes all the pressure off and I can just have fun (laughs).
JJJ: What kind of intern would you be – the overachiever or the slacker?
DO: I would definitely be the slacker intern, definitely. I would be working hard, but I think I wouldn’t… I don’t know, it depends! I think it depends on the internship. I think there are some things I would be an ace at and I think there are some things I would be terrible at, and just useless. Like “Oh my God, I feel so bad you have to endure my interning ways” (laughs).
JJJ: What was your favorite memory from filming?
DO: Everything, wow. A lot of the good friends I took away from it, I’d say. Definitely. We had such a great time doing the movie. This cast, we were together kind of nonstop and so it was just a great experience for all of us, between the work and what we got to be doing, who we were working with and learning from every day. And also, being with each other and growing so close, all of us coming away with this really great experience that we’ll always remember and we’ll always look back at. Everyone still sees each other, which is really cool.
JJJ: And now you’re on set of The Maze Runner! It’s such a beloved book. What was it like getting this awesome role?
DO: I’m so, so grateful for be considered for this job, let alone actually getting it and now being able to do it. I love the people I’m working with. The cast that we have is incredible. We have a really, really rare thing. The first-time director Wes Ball, I mean, could take over. I think he’s a genius, so young. All that’s important is what you take away on the day and the experience, and so far this experience shooting The Maze Runner has been great. And I think we are making something great for fans. Everybody is really into it and it’s feeling great so far.
JJJ: We’ve met and talked several times, and you’re just always so nice and very laid-back. It’s almost as if you’re unaffected by fame. Would you agree with that?
DO: I’d agree with the part of it that I do make it seem like I’m very laid-back and very unaffected (laughs). But no, it can affect me. It definitely can.
JJJ: How do you stay grounded?
DO: I don’t know, I just am. I’ve got good parents. I have a good family. I don’t really know how to be any other way, but I’m absolutely affected. Everyone’s affected by any sort of fame or minor celebrity. It’s just this weird kind of thing that starts happening. It’s nerve-racking a little. That’s the biggest thing for me is that it’s nerve-racking – the attention that you get that you wouldn’t ordinarily be getting. Like going to these MTV events and the red carpet, and having to do 40 interviews in a row and take all these pictures. Like that makes my heart go, you know? But you get used to it, I hear (laughs).
JJJ: I guess we’ll find out!
DO: Yeah (laughs), keep checking in with me.
JJJ: We will! By the way, we’re loving the new season of Teen Wolf. Every year the show kind of reinvents itself and we’re really liking season three.
DO: I agree with you there. I remember when we were first doing it and I found out the show would only be on in the summer. And then it takes a whole school year for kids, for it to come back, you know? I was like, “Oh my God. How is that going to work? People are going to lose interest. We’re never going to be able to keep track.” But you’re right, that’s kind of something that’s cool now we have. It allows us to create this whole new world and have each season be this new thing, the next level. I think that’s cool actually. I think it’s helped us almost.