The time of the wolf
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.