The hair ap­par­ent

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - Television - DAR­REN DEV­LYN

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.’’

Teen Wolf,

South­ern Cross, Mon­day, 9.30pm

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