'Teen Wolf': Tyler Posey talks Stiles and 'most intense season ever'
Teen Wolf fans, prepare to sink your teeth into Tyler Posey.
The winter premiere of TV’s craziest, wildest, bloodiest high school drama is at hand, and EW chatted with the Teen Wolf himself to find out what’s in store for the second half of the show’s third season. Posey promises an unforgettable installment of the devilishly dark thriller—and if the totally crackers first episode is any indication, then we’re in for one hell of a ride in 2014. (This season will also mark the premiere of Wolf Watch, a post-mortem interview show that will feature guest spots by cast members and celeb superfans.)
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Heading into season 3B, what’s the tone that you’re striking?
TYLER POSEY: We’re going back to the pace of the first season of Teen Wolf. There are obviously some huge things that we’ve never done on Teen Wolf that we’re doing this season, so it’s going to be crazier, but it’s a lot slower, which adds this very creepy, horror film-ish element to the show. It’s going to be really fun to watch. It’s by far going to be the most intense, unforgettable season ever. So far.
This season we’re seeing other characters like Stiles taking center stage. Did you get to sit back a little bit and get to watch someone else deal with the supernatural craziness?
It’s always been an ensemble cast, but Stiles is definitely the center of attention this round, which is nice. I felt like a normal person this season. I’ve never been happier at the end of a season than I am with this one. For me, every other season is just super intense work, which I love and I’m a huge fan of, but it was definitely nice to take a step back and relax a bit. Don’t get me wrong, I still work like a freaking madman, but it was slightly less intense. Stiles’ storyline this season is absolutely one of the coolest things ever. I’m a little jealous that I didn’t get to play it.
Sure, but you get to go full werewolf. Do you look forward to the episodes in which Scott transforms?
I love action stuff, doing stunts, and playing the werewolf. It progresses more and more every time I do it—it gets a little more aggressive, which is really fun to play because there are no rules when it comes to playing a werewolf. It feels second nature now. It’s completely changed [since season one]. I wouldn’t say it’s a freeing experience, but there’re no boundaries when it comes to it.
When you get a script, what’s the first thing you look for?
I view it very much as a fan of the show. I read each script, I get really sucked into it. Since we’ve been doing this for four years now, I can almost predict how every shot is going to look. When I do see that there’s a transformation in the episode, it’s just, okay, cool. Wednesday was our last day filming but we finished at 1:30 in the afternoon on Thursday. It was the longest day of my life. But I was a werewolf the whole entire day, so it was a very fitting way to end the season. I look for a lot of emotional scenes. It’s something that Scott hasn’t really done too often. This last season, 3A, he dabbled.
Well, we’ll see the big return of Scott’s previously MIA father.
Yeah, so that’s a huge part of the emotions for him. But it was also a really fun part to play because we’re trying to attack it a little differently than just a normal stereotypical teenager who’s pissed off at his dad. There are a lot more elements that come into play. There’s definitely going to be more of that next season.
Tease us up in terms of Scott and Allison’s relationship. Where do they go from here?
It’s really interesting. I think at the end of season 3A, Scott fully accepted and understands that they’re no longer going to be together. Now you can actually see their friendship. Not a romantic relationship, but a friendship, and they make a really good team. You see everyone this season become this huge team and this full-on pack. Not a normal werewolf pack, but you have a Banshee, you have a hunter, you have Stiles, plus a couple werewolves. It’s a really cool dynamic to play.
Poor Stiles! He’s just… Stiles.
[Laughs.] I know. But he’s got some good stuff this season, trust me.
Do you have a good handle on all the mythology, or does it trip you up sometimes?
I think we’re all pretty understanding of what happens. It’s shoved in our face every single day. It’s like, if you don’t understand it at first, you definitely get many more opportunities to figure it out. Trust me, it definitely gets a little confusing on set. The mythology is not the easiest thing to understand, no matter who you are, unless you’re a werewolf enthusiast. But I think if you ask me anything about the mythology of the show, I could probably give you a pretty good answer.
So when you’re on a hiatus, how do you de-wolf?
It takes awhile, it definitely does. Usually it takes me a good three weeks to really snap out of it. But like I said, this season treated me a lot better, so I feel great. There’s a shitload of stuff that happens in the season and it affects my character, and I like to pretend that I’m not one of those stereotypical actors who really gets sucked into their role, but I think I am. You’re dealing with a lot of the same stuff the characters go through, you’re exhausted, your adrenaline’s pumping every time you do a crazy stunt, and so it does get pretty funky sometimes towards the end.
Unrelated to anything: what TV are you geeking out over these days?
I honestly love Teen Wolf. I think it’s one of the coolest shows I’ve ever seen. I ask myself all the time, would I have watched it if I wasn’t in it? And I have no idea what the answer would be. But also I’m really into Dexter. My fiancée and I finished the season a couple months ago, and now we started it again, the whole series. I love it, I love it. We re-watch a lot of TV. Like The Office, that was one of our favorite shows and we watch it every single night when we go to sleep. What else? I like stupid reality shows. Hardcore Pawn is definitely one of my guilty pleasures. Breaking Bad was one of my all-time favorite shows. Let’s see…I really want to get into Walking Dead. We’re probably going to start that soon.
Breaking Bad, Dexter—you definitely gravitate to the anti-heroes.
I don’t consciously watch those shows to take stuff and incorporate it into Teen Wolf, but I think I do subconsciously. Dexter is a bad guy but he’s got such a unique storyline to watch, and I think I do take a little bit from that. I’m a werewolf, I’m a killer—Scott’s a good guy at heart but he is this monster, so he’s a little bit like Dexter.
What have you not gotten to do yet as Scott that you’d love to try?
I think we kind of dabbled in him being evil, but I think watching him be influenced by somebody to turn evil would be a really cool storyline. We’ve never really done that. In the first season there was one episode where we kind of did it, but I wasn’t good at acting then, so I think it’d be a lot more fun to play now!
Teen Wolf’s midseason premiere airs Monday, January 6 at 10 PM on MTV.