The time of the wolf

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school. I think I was in school just to hang out with my friends. I didn’t care about the cur­ricu­lum. I didn’t care about any of that. Which is bad,’’ he pauses, and speak­ing louder, he says, ‘‘Kids, stay in school, PLEASE.

‘‘When I say I didn’t try, there was a point when I did try. It just didn’t click with me. I think I’m ADD, that’s why. I would re­ally try and just get th­ese bad grades and I re­mem­ber I would go home and be so bummed I would cry some­times . . . I just don’t get it. And even though I had a lot of fun in high school, you grow up – it’s hard be­ing a teenager. It’s hard, you know?’’

There was a time when his fascination with act­ing dimmed. ‘‘When I got into high school I started get­ting out of act­ing a lit­tle bit and wanted to be more with my friends. I was go­ing through a re­bel­lious stage.

‘‘I was a young teenager and re­ally just wanted to fo­cus mostly on my friends. So I had this mo­ment where I stepped out of act­ing for a while and re­ally got to look at what a great thing it re­ally is. Ever since then I re­newed my pas­sion for it, and it’s just 110 per cent now, so it’s all I want to do, but I also have a band which is another thing I want to do.’’

As a kid he was shy about his av­o­ca­tion.

‘‘I didn’t want my friends to know what I did. I didn’t want my friends talk­ing about it. I hated be­ing recog­nised on the street. When any­one would recog­nise me, I’d say, ‘No, it’s not me. I just look like that kid’.’’

It’s dif­fer­ent now. ‘‘I own up to ev­ery­thing. I don’t know what it was, I was im­ma­ture. I was pretty shy. I grew up on the set and hung out with adults, so I ma­tured a lot quicker than the other kids. I was shy around my friends. It was weird. I think I was more ma­ture than them and they were just kind of an­noy­ing I thought. I grew out of that.’’

The au­di­tion for Teen Wolf was the first lead role he’d ever tried out for. He mus­tered through two au­di­tions when he was called for a third. ‘‘The whole MTV was in the room. The au­di­tion process was six hours long, but it was awe­some,’’ he says.

Tyler Posey: Plays a young man whose life is trans­formed by a sin­gle bite in Teen Wolf.

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