Tyler Posey Talks Surprising Storylines, New Love Interests, Getting Instant Feedback on Social Media, 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 in his trailer on a break from shooting, actor Tyler Posey talked about where things are at for Scott now, what it’s been like to be on a show that really shakes things up every season, the most unexpected and surprising storylines, Scott’s relationship to the new characters, the possibility of new love interests for Scott, how the friendship with Stiles has evolved, where Scott and Derek are at this season, and how much he loves getting 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 Scott, when the show picks back up for Season 3?
TYLER POSEY: It’s been about four months, since the end of Season 2 and the beginning of Season 3. Last season, he and Allison broke up, and they were pretty sure that they were going to be broken up for awhile. So, Scott didn’t want to focus on that, or dread or stress any of that, so he’s focusing more on school, and being a good son, a good friend, a good student and a good driver. He’s just trying to pick his life back up and become a “normal” kid again. Things have calmed down in the Beacon Hills world of the supernatural, and he’s taking advantage of that. He’s been getting good with his studies, reading books and working out, every day. Right now, he’s in a really, really good place, before things get crazy. But, you can’t have the lead actor on a show be content, or else there’s no show. That’s what (show creator) Jeff [Davis] told me. There must be much torture.
How has it been to move the show to Los Angeles?
POSEY: I thought it was going to be weird. I didn’t know how comfortable I was going to be, but I knew it was going to be awesome. The tight crew that we have is always great. But, there was a lot of crew from Atlanta that I miss. They’re my best friends and family. But, coming back was seamless. The only difference is that I get to go to my house afterwards and sleep, invite friends over, and see my girlfriend and my family, all the time. It’s awesome! I do miss Atlanta. Atlanta was my home for two years. But, working in L.A. is great. A lot of people are jealous of us. The kids from The Vampire Diaries are jealous. I love it! I’m very happy and content here, and in a very good place. It helps with morale. There are opportunities to do other projects. When I was in Atlanta, I never wanted to leave. I was so busy on the set. Even if there was a three-day weekend, it wasn’t enough time for me to recoup. While I’m here, I can do other things. It’s absolutely great! But, I do miss my friends from Atlanta, though.
One of the big worries of doing a TV show is getting stuck in a character that’s the same, season after season, but this show changes every season. What’s it like to be on a show where you keep learning so many new things about your character and you have all these new actors coming in?
POSEY: It’s really cool. It keeps things fresh. I believe when actors say they can go crazy playing the same role, over and over again. Especially with this season, we’re diving way deeper into the characters’ personal lives and coming up with great arcs. It’s just great. It’s absolutely awesome! The new characters are awesome. There are new relationships and chemistry between the characters. It’s so much fun! My character has been completely changing, from the first season to this season, and he’s going to progressively change, whether it’s for better or worse. It’s great!
What have been the most unexpected or surprising storylines for your character?
POSEY: Pretty much everything that comes out of Jeff Davis’ mind is surprising. It’s crazy! I can’t imagine writing a show like this. It’s insane! For me, for this season, there’s a lot of surprise when it comes to my boss, Deaton (Seth Gilliam), which I wasn’t expecting, but it makes for great story.
What is Scott’s relationship to the new characters?
POSEY: As of now, Scott is mostly dealing with the Alpha pack, out of the new characters. The Alpha pack is a huge threat to him, Derek (Tyler Hoechlin) and everybody else. Scott is trying to be peaceful about it. He goes to them and says, “Okay, I don’t want to fight. I don’t want anyone to die. Can we just talk things out? Is that possible?” That’s Scott’s mentality about all of it.
What sort of relationship will Scott and Allison (Crystal Reed) have now? Are they trying to stay away from each other, or do they still have to interact?
POSEY: They have interactions, definitely. It’s hard to fall in love with somebody, and then break up and not have feelings for that same person. They’re going to interact, and they’re going to be longing for each other, a little bit. But, they know that being together, right now, is not the proper thing to do, so they try to stay away from each other and they try to be mature adults about their situation and they try not to lead each other on. As of right now, they are strictly broken up.
Is there the possibility of other love interests for Scott?
POSEY: Yeah, there’s always the possibility of that. Scott thinks he’s faithful to Allison and that they will always be together, but he’s also maturing faster than a lot of the other characters because of all the stuff that he has to go through and all of the decisions he has to make. So, he’s in a place where he’s okay, if he meets somebody else who isn’t Allison. I think he still loves Allison and could still be with Allison, if she wanted to be with him. But if not, he’s going to step away and be like, “I can’t just wait here forever for you,” even though he says that. I think a new love interest is definitely possible, in Scott’s world.
How has the friendship between Scott and Stiles (Dylan O’Brien) evolved?
POSEY: The season picks up with them as best friends. They’re always best friends, no matter how hard times get in Beacon Hills. Their friendship is going to be tested again, a lot this season. But, they’ve worked out a balance for their relationship. Stiles is the detective, and Scott is basically the muscle of the friendship. They have a great relationship, and they’re more then just friends now. They’re allies and partners and protectors. No matter what, even if there’s a little bump in their relationship, it will always be water under the bridge because they’re brothers.
Is it fun to have Lydia (Holland Roden) more involved, now that she knows what’s going on?
POSEY: Yeah, that’s cool. She was the token person who didn’t know anything about werewolves, and that scenario was getting old. Now that she does know, it’s really fun to have her use her intelligence for the werewolf side of things, and not just school or academics. Now, she can definitely help out with the crew and solve problems ‘cause she’s very smart.
Are there any stunts that you’ve felt goofy shooting, but were really impressed with, once you saw the finished product?
POSEY: Yeah, totally! Pretty much every stunt is like that because we’re all fake fighting and it is completely goofy. It feels awkward. I don’t fight, so I don’t really know how to punch. It does feel weird. It feels like you’re punching the air, and you have to miss the person’s face. It just feel awkward. None of it is natural. I guess punching someone in the face isn’t natural, either. It does feel weird, but it always comes out looking awesome. With that in mind, I have changed my attitude about it, a little bit. As I’m doing a stunt, I’m like, “Okay, this looks cool!,” and sometimes it doesn’t, but most of the time it looks good. We have a lot of confidence on this show because we have a great crew and everyone is on board to help make the show look awesome. That’s the best thing we could have.
What sort of relationship do Scott and Derek (Tyler Hoechlin) have this season?
POSEY: This season, Derek knows that Scott is there to help him out. He can finally trust Scott. That was really the only thing that was holding their relationship back before. Derek was just kind of a dick and didn’t trust Scott, and Scott was like, “Just trust me, dude. You brought me to this world, kind of. Now, deal with me. I’m okay.” So, I think Derek is finally realizing that, and realizing that Scott is not only an ally, but can really help him survive. Derek’s view on Scott is completely different now, and Scott’s view on Derek is completely different. They’re friends. They’re definitely allies, and they’re going to help each other through, as much as they can.
Do you enjoy having the instant feedback from fans through Twitter and social media?
POSEY: I love it! I think it’s awesome. I’ve been doing that ever since Season 1. I’m very active on Twitter and Instagram. I’m always posting pictures from set, and little clues and teasing people with fun things. It’s awesome! I love how much the fans love the show and are so supportive of it. It’s the coolest thing, ever. And then, fans come to set because they win a visit to come hang out for awhile. We’re definitely very friendly with our fans.
Teen Wolf airs on Monday nights on MTV, starting on June 3rd.