Dylan O’Brien Plays The Genuine Friend on MTV’s ‘Teen Wolf’

MediaBlvd> Can you start out by telling me how you ended up onTeen Wolf, and what the audition process was like?

Dylan> It was just an audition that came along through my manager.  I’d been auditioning for four months and I’d just started acting, and I wasn’t even available for the audition.  I had a test to take and it was an issue, so when my manager sent me the appointment email she was like, “Listen, I know you have your test and I know it’s an issue, so read it and look it over and if you want we can pass or try to reschedule it, it’s really not that big of a deal.” So we both read it and called each other back and were like, “Well, this is pretty fucking good!”  We were both obsessed with the script and it was just so impressive to us.  Jeff Davis’ writing is just that unbelievable.  It’s literally like reading a chapter novel.  So this was just this thing that I didn’t know anything about.  I didn’t know what the original Teen Wolf was.  So I just read this pilot script and I was originally supposed to be going for Scott.  But when I read it I just said, “Can we go after Stiles?”  And my manager said, “I’ll see if I can make that happen.”  So long story short, I skipped my test and went to the audition, and so four auditions later I finally got it.

MediaBlvd> Did they let you make up the test later on?

Dylan> No, I didn’t do well in school, and I only lasted one semester.

MediaBlvd> How would you describe the relationship between Stiles and Scott?

Dylan> I guess I would just have to say natural.  These are two guys who are just genuinely friends.  They just genuinely care about each other and would each do the same thing for one another.  If Stiles was bitten by a werewolf, Scott would be the Stiles in the situation. Neither of them would run away from this, but would just try to help support the other.  They are just that close and genuinely do love each other.  Because the audience has no background on this relationship and are just kind of leapt into the story with these two guys they know nothing about, the chemistry just kind of has to have a natural feel.  I think it starts with the writing, which is something that Jeff has done so well in writing this bond.  I think it helps that Tyler and I are also such good friends in real life and are on the same page with how this relationship needs to be, and how it has to come off with the audience.  Right from the get-go, you are out in the wood with these two kids you know nothing about and you have to be rooting for them and be attached to them.  They really clue you in on the relationship and you just feel like you are hanging out with two normal kids.

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14 June 2011

An epic Q&A with ‘Teen Wolf’s equally epic new Stiles, Dylan O’Brien

Danielle Turchiano recently had an interview with Dylan.  Below is part of the interview and you can read the entire interview by clicking the link!

LA TV Insider Examiner: We have to ask the question that’s surely on everyone’s mind. Stiles feels so natural, like you just adlib everything, and Jeff Davis [the showrunner] told us he wants you to co-write an episode next season. In fact, he told us he bought you some screenwriting books in order to do so. So have you cracked them open? Would you be interested in stepping into the writer’s room, even if just as a guest on an episode?

Dylan O’Brien: I did flip through one of them! Oh God, I’m such an asshole. But hey, it’s better than lying, right? [Laughs] It would be such an honor and a privilege. I guess I just never see it happening because I would be too nervous to even present something or some kind of material of writing to Jeff Davis. There’s actually one scene in Teen Wolf that I wrote– yeah, one scene.

Was it something you wrote ahead of time or something you needed to adlib on the spot?

D.O.: We were shooting the rest of the pilot, and there was one scene that Jeff didn’t like, so he sent me something, and he said ‘Send me something back.’ So I sent him something back, and he liked it, and we shot it, so that’s technically one scene of Teen Wolf that I’ve written.

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13 June 2011

Exclusive: Producer Jeff Davis and Director Russell Mulcahy Talk “Teen Wolf”

MULCAHY: Tyler Posey, and a number of other actors, came in to do screen tests. With Tyler, I turned to Jeff and said, “That kid has got the It Factor. I think we found him.” Once we found him, he was definitely the rock to then place the other characters around.

DAVIS: I remember a producer once saying about Mark Wahlberg – when he was Marky Mark, making the transition to Mark Wahlberg, the actor – “You just want to watch him on screen. That’s how you know he’s going to be famous. He’s going to be a great actor.” With Tyler Posey, he definitely has that quality. Crystal Reed is just utterly beautiful, but she also is a phenomenal actor. She can cry on cue. I don’t understand how people can do that. They seem to have an almost supernatural control over their tear ducts. Dylan [O’Brien] is a phenomenal comic actor.

MULCAHY: There are plenty of outtakes, especially from Dylan [O’Brien].

DAVIS: He’s so R-rated, though. But, special features are nice. I’m the kind of person who loves all the DVD extras myself, so look forward to commentary by me and Russell, on certain episodes. We can tell lots of backstories, and there are plenty of make-up effects to look forward to. We’ve taped some really good behind the scenes stuff. I love behind the scenes stuff, myself. I think we did a time lapse of the make-up effects, and we have different types of make-up work in the show.

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