He’s reached movie star status! Dylan O’Brien has graced the big screen before, but after having huge blockbuster success with his new film The Maze Runner, young and adult audiences alike will perhaps think of him as more than just Stiles Stilinski on MTV’s Teen Wolf.
O’Brien, 23, stars in the film adaptation of James Dashner’s young adult book as Thomas, who finds himself trapped in a maze with a community of boys after his memory has been erased. The film topped its first weekend’s box office with a whopping $32.5 million, and a release date for its sequel, The Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials, has already been given a release date for Sept. 18, 2015.
Before heading back for another Maze Runner viewing, find out 5 more things you may not know about the (swoon-worthy) hunk:
1. Gone Viral!
O’Brien did what worked for so many others — he started on YouTube! Filming from his hometown of Springfield, NJ., the budding star created his own channel at 14 in order to show off his acting chops and humor in quick skits. One of the most memorable was when he wore a low V-neck shirt and belted out “Wannabe” by the Spice Girls before getting interrupted (ahem, caught) by a friend.
2. Listen Up, Ladies!
Did you know that O’Brien used to be in a band called Slow Kids at Play? Yep, the actor is musical too, and was a drummer in the all-male group. “We had pop-punk elements but more of the beachy, reggae vibe,” he told Entertainment Weekly in August 2014. “I miss playing shows. Anonymously playing shows, too.”
3. Teen Wolf Switcheroo
Although he provides much-needed comic relief on Teen Wolf as Stiles, O’Brien wasn’t originally up for the endearing role. “I was supposed to audition for Scott, but I asked to audition for Stiles instead,” he told Seventeen magazine in May 2011. “I was reading the script, I was supposed to be reading Scott, but I couldn’t help but keep wanting to read the Stiles parts. I was just like, ‘This guy is freaking awesome.’ And I knew myself, and how I come off, and I’m way more like Stiles than I am Scott.”
4. His Gal
Sorry, he’s taken! O’Brien has been dating Under the Dome actress Britt Robertson since they costarred together in the 2012 indie film The First Time. The couple have remained low key about their relationship (did you see their chemistry on screen!?) but have made time to visit each other on set. O’Brien flew to Vancouver while Robertson, 24, was busy filming her George Clooney flick Tomorrowland in September 2013.
5. He’s Easy to Please
O’Brien loves the comfort of family and home-cooking. In an interview with Glamour in October 2012, he said his go-to meal is the no-frills combo of chicken cutlets, rice pilaf, and broccoli — and he’ll swig it down with some cold root beer! As for his favorite person to follow on Twitter? “My mom! She tweets and always retweets what I write. It’s really cute,” he said of Lisa. “She has the little egg as her icon.”