The hair apparent
BOOKING his first TV commercial at six, then schooled on Hollywood sets alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger ( Collateral Damage) and Jennifer Lopez ( Maid In Manhattan ), 19-year-old Tyler Posey ( pictured) has the CV of a showbiz veteran.
But in the era of Twilight, the new star of the Teen Wolf reboot had to flex more than just his acting muscles to win the role. Posey spends a large part of the new Southern Cross series half naked.
‘‘ I didn’t really know how to train my body to look like that but . . . they hired me a trainer,’’ Posey says.
‘‘ Oh my God, I can’t even tell you how intense it was and how much it helped. I threw up a lot.’’
The glamour on set doesn’t end there. ‘‘ Usually it’s freezing cold and I am being spritzed down with water to look like I’m sweating,’’ he says. ‘‘ Honestly, I’m freezing my nipples off.’’
For all the gratuitous body shots in this high-school-is-horror show, it’s also surprisingly smart. US critics who wanted to write it off as just another raunch fest had to think again.
Australian director Russell Mulcahy can take credit for its success. He was determined to balance the beefcake within a quality production.
‘‘ We had this mantra when we were shooting – make it sexy, scary and surprising,’’ he says.
A pioneer of music videos, then cult films such as Highlander and Razorback, Mulcahy’s signature can be seen in the frantic cinematography.
‘‘ Early on, we talked about just calling it Wolf,’’ Posey says.
‘‘ But MTV really wanted to relive and bring back that classic iconic role and see what we could do with it. It’s this classic story told through modern eyes.’’
Southern Cross, Monday, 9.30pm