TAKING A BITE OUT OF SCHOOL
IT’S not easy being the only human in a supernatural high school clique.
You’re always being killed and coming back to life or being possessed.
But Dylan O’Brien (above), who plays a werewolf’s best friend in teen drama series Teen Wolf, wouldn’t have it any other way.
“That place is my home, literally, in terms of being an actor,” says the 23-year-old Californian. “I wasn’t an actor before that show, unless you count a few months of auditioning. I’ve really looked at that as my acting school.”
O’Brien plays Stiles, whose world got hairy when his best mate Scott (Tyler Posey) was turned by a werewolf. O’Brien was supposed to be the show’s comic relief and Posey the heart-throb, but O’Brien has won his own legion of ardent supporters – as evidenced by the cheers he received at this year’s geekfest Comic-Con.
Yet O’Brien swears that, unlike high school, the set of Teen Wolf is not a popularity contest.
“It’s a really rare thing with this cast: we all get along so well. I’ve made best friends for life.”
The schooling is paying off. This month, O’Brien is the lead in The Maze Runner –a potential next Hunger Games-style franchise.
TEEN WOLF FRIDAY 8.30PM, FOX8 By Neala Johnson