Ian Bohen Talks How Much He Knows About His Character’s Arc, the Most Unexpected Storyline, and More on the Set of TEEN WOLF Season 3
Developed by Jeff Davis, the hit MTV drama series Teen Wolf returns for a super-sized, 24-episode third season that debuts on June 3rd. Picking up four months after the events that nearly ended Jackson’s (Colton Haynes) life and resurrected Peter Hale (Ian Bohen), Season 3 finds teen werewolf Scott McCall (Tyler Posey) and his friends Stiles (Dylan O’Brien), Lydia (Holland Roden) and Allison (Crystal Reed) beginning their junior year of high school unaware that a new threat has arrived in Beacon Hills – a deadly pack of Alpha werewolves intent on bringing Derek (Tyler Hoechlin) into their fold.
With the filming relocated to Los Angeles, Collider was invited to check out the set and chat with the cast for a series of exclusive interviews. While hanging out on the set of Derek’s new loft residence, actor Ian Bohen (who plays Derek’s questionable uncle Peter) talked about where things are at now for Peter, how much of an idea he has about his bigger season arc, adjusting to never knowing what’s coming next on the show, the most unexpected and surprising storyline for his character, whether there’s pressure to live up to the success of the first two seasons, and how much he enjoys the instant feedback from fans through social media. Check out what he had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers.
Collider: Where are things at for Peter, when the show picks back up for Season 3?
IAN BOHEN: There has been a little bit of a time lapse, and Peter has worked hard to get back into the good graces of everybody. He wants to be a part of the pack again and, in my opinion, he doesn’t want to be killing people anymore or getting back into his bad ways. He’s trying to reform himself, and I think he likes these guys. Having said all that, he’s definitely up to something and he has a master plan that we don’t know of yet. He’s really sewing the seeds of whatever sort of chaos he wants to happen, later on. I don’t actually believe he’s sincere, so we’ll have to see how far they’re willing to let him get back in, before something happens.
How much of an idea do they give you of your bigger season arc?
BOHEN: Almost none. They really keep that stuff close to the vest, so we’re guessing and playing our ideas. I come up with my own idea of what I think it is, and that’s what I’m playing, the whole season. If it’s not working, they’ll say something, but I think I’m pretty much in line with what it’s going to be. But, I don’t want to say what that is because it’s a spoiler.
As an actor, does it take some getting used to, to never know what’s coming next?
BOHEN: Yeah, it’s not easy. If you have that thing in mind and you know what that arc path is, you can play along it. If you don’t, you’re a little bit blind, at times, and you may look back at a decision that you made earlier in the season, once you know, and go, “Oh, that’s inappropriate because, if this future is true, than that wouldn’t have happened.” So, it’s tough. I’ve gotta be honest, it’s really tough. But, it goes along with the way we do things here. It’s so story-oriented that you can’t let people know because it does get out. It’s tricky. This show has a lot of twists and turns.
What have been the most unexpected or surprising storylines for your character?
BOHEN: Thus far, the reincarnation of Peter has been a huge surprise. That wasn’t planned, at all. That was an after-thought, after the first season, which was a huge compliment. That was shocking! I was very excited about that. As far as his behavior, I’m not shocked about anything that he does. Anything genuine, sympathetic and honest that he does, I believe is duplicitous and ultimately for some bad, self-serving purpose. In that sense, I think I’ve got him figured out and I’m not taken aback by anything that he does, at this point. He’s a great villain. He’s charismatic, he’s charming and he does bad things, but you kind of want to forgive him. He’s like a little puppy or a small child that you want to scold and be like, “Don’t do that anymore! Stop killing people!” And he’s like, “Okay, I’ll try not to do that.” He’s not a pat bad guy that no one likes, because that’s no fun. This is much more fun. The other characters get used to him and almost roll their eyes at him, which makes it fun. Hopefully, whatever the end result is will be more shocking and surprising.
How has it been to move the show to Los Angeles?
BOHEN: I think the machine is moving on all cylinders now and we’re turning it out. We move quicker and easier, just because we know it, we’re used to the directors, we’re used to the writing, we know the process, and it’s more oiled. I think it’s going smoother than it used to. That’s my feeling. The location is easier for everyone ‘cause you can go home at night, and you can see your friends and your family and have a life. I think that people’s moves are happier and just a little more joyous. There are a lot more smiles to be back, which is great. There’s no place like home, right?
After the success of the first two seasons, do you feel pressure to live up to that with Season 3?
BOHEN: I don’t feel pressure. The storytellers and (show creator) Jeff [Davis] may, to write their words, but as actors, we keep doing what we do. There’s probably less pressure because it’s more established. You’re already in the groove, so you just stay in the groove. It’s easier to do better and to embellish and make it more without feeling the pressure. I don’t feel any pressure, at all. I felt much more with the second season. The show was doing well and things were going good, so it was like, “Okay, don’t F this up.” Now, it’s like, “Okay, we’re sailing, so just keep sailing good.” It’s more fun.
Do you enjoy having the instant feedback from fans through Twitter and social media?
BOHEN: Yeah, I love it! I think it’s great. It’s enjoyable to interact with them. It’s exciting that people get so much enjoyment out of watching the show. Not only that, they’re super fans. They create their own fan fiction. They make pictures and posters. They think about it. It’s more than just, “Oh, I like that show.” They are fanatical, and that’s exciting to hear. And it’s always nice when people say cool things about you. That’s fun. I love it!
Teen Wolf airs on Monday nights on MTV, starting on June 3rd.