INTERVIEW: Tyler in Flaunt Magazine

Posted on May 31, 2016 by Mandy in Articles, Everybody Wants Some, Interview, Tyler 0

By George Ghanem for Flaunt Magazine – 5/19/16

The earliest documented mustache dates back to 300 BC in a portrait of a Scythian man riding his trusted steed. A symbol of strength and courage, the reverence towards this hairy upper lip has since been styled and profiled ‘till roughly the end of ’80s decadence and Freddy Mercury. But these aforementioned sentiments have since deteriorated. People now view the mustache in a poor light. The kind of light that hangs in a dingy bar full of skunked IPAs. But have no fear for there is hope in the chevron form of Tyler Hoechlin’s character McReynolds or “Mac,” the all-American slugger in Richard Linklater’s newest film Everybody Wants Some!!

Considered the spiritual sequel to cult classic Dazed and Confused (1993), Hoechlin—a former college baseball player himself—joins a band of beer- drinking, ‘stache-sporting teammates of a collegiate baseball squad in 1980s Texas as they enjoy the last few days of summer before classes begin.

From his days as a blissfully ignorant 13-year-old in Sam Mendes’ Road to Perdition, to spending three weeks rehearsing on Richard Linklater’s ranch, to his current work with James Foley on the second and third installments from the Grey trilogy—Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades FreedHoechlin has smartly picked up a few things along the way. We spoke to the young actor on the eve of the U.S. release of Everybody Wants Some!!.

Was there anything you did to prepare yourself for the role, besides growing the amazing cookie duster?

It was really funny, I came home from shooting and my dad hadn’t seen me since I had [the mustache] and I opened the door on Thanksgiving and he looked at me and was like “nope, nope, nope.” He said it felt like he was looking in a mirror. But mentally, [I] was going back and recalling those [baseball-playing] days and trying to remember what the vibe was like with the guys and what the mindset was and allowing that to be molded by Rick [Linklater’s] recollection.

Linklater’s name alone holds its own merit but what about this script made you jump at the opportunity?

A lot of sports movies—in my personal opinion—make the mistake of focusing too much on the actual game or the stuff on the field. If you want to watch a game, you watch a game. That’s where the drama really is, but when the game is playing out on-screen, you know it’s scripted and the outcome is determined. The drama of that moment is not quite the experience you get when you watch a real game. So, to me, the most interesting and fascinating thing was the relationship between the guys.

In Dazed and Confused the music played a huge role in the film. Was that the case for this film?

Rick put together a playlist for us. He’d say, “these are the songs different guys would’ve been into. Find the one you think your guy would have been into.” That’s the brilliant thing about Rick. He doesn’t necessarily tell you “this is what you are.” He allows you to contribute what comes to your mind, your thoughts, and how you see this guy.

Is there one moment in the past you think back to and reminisce over?

I count my blessings knowing I have a couple of those. But with this project, on our last night, we went back to Rick’s ranch and just had a night out there. It was this crazy thing of “going home” before going home, a “last day of camp” sort of thing. There was storytelling and reminiscing about all the times we had on set and during rehearsal, everything. It’s been almost a year-and-a-half now and we all still have a text chain that goes off daily. Definitely one of those “count your blessings” moments, having made so many friends on one project.

ARTICLE: Tyler in the April edition of Interview Magazine

Posted on April 10, 2016 by Mandy in Articles, Everybody Wants Some, Tyler 0

“I have to be honest. I think Periscope is the dawn of evil,” says Tyler Hoechlin of the app that lets you broadcast quotidian events live. “I can’t imagine doing it. At some point, you’re living life through a lens and not really experiencing it.” An actor who shuns the camera might seem as mythical as a werewolf, but you can’t blame the 28-year-old Corona, California native for being a bit leery of social media. He’s coming off four years of being chased by the shrieking fangirls of MTV’s hit show Teen Wolf, on which he starred as one of the lupine types.

Now he’s poised for more grown-up attention as one of the stars of Richard Linklater’s new film, Everybody Wants Some!!, a “spiritual sequel” to Dazed and Confused, which follows the hedonistic members of a college baseball team in Texas in 1980. “The characters definitely get into more debauchery than I was able to in college, which is nice,” Hoechlin says. The wardrobe, however, tested his comfort level. “My intimidation factor was wearing the short shorts,” he admits. “But weirdly, we all got into it. We were all at each others’ fittings, stealing stuff off the racks. It really felt like 1980 when we got out there.”

Hoechlin plays McReynolds, the confident team captain who likes the bottle and the blonds. The actor wanted to be a pro ball player himself as a student until an injury forced a detour. He landed Teen Wolf months later and was cast in Everybody Wants Some!! weeks after he left that show in 2014. Next: the military thriller Stratton, in which he plays opposite Dominic Cooper as his special-ops partner. Hoechlin was able to put his athleticism to work in scuba and military sequences.

Partially shot in Southern Italy last summer during an intense heat wave, it required him to race up and down stairs for the better part of a day while wearing 40 pounds of gear. “That was an interesting attempt to stay alive and upright,” he says. “But it’s what I love about the business: to go home exhausted but feel like you’ve given it everything you have. It makes it easier to eat the pizza and drink the wine and not feel too guilty about it.”

Interview – April 2016

The guys of Richard Linklater’s ‘Everybody Wants Some!!’ talk nostalgia, growing up and picking up chicks

Posted on March 31, 2016 by Mandy in Articles, Everybody Wants Some, Interview, Tyler 0

By Lauren Chval – Redeye – 03.31.16

Though he’s approaching 30 and his days of playing college baseball at UC Irvine are far behind him, “Everybody Wants Some” star Tyler Hoechlin compared giving up a sport to Jaime Lannister losing his hand in “Game of Thrones.”

“This is such a dramatic way of putting it: When you die as an athlete, it’s literally a part of you that dies,” Hoechlin (“Teen Wolf”) said at The Langham hotel. “It’s part of who you are. I still cling to that. I still call myself a baseball player. Because that’s so much a part of who I was growing up, and I still don’t know fully who I am without that being a piece of it. It’s definitely a tough thing when you let that go.”

That struggle lies at the heart of the film, opening April 1 and starring an ensemble cast that includes Hoechlin, Blake Jenner (“Glee”) and Will Brittain (“Lila and Eve”) as members of a 1980 Texas college baseball team moving into their house the weekend before the school year starts. A countdown clock ticks off the seconds until that first Monday morning class, always reminding the audience that something is slipping away.

It’s a familiar point for writer-director Richard Linklater. After all, chronicling a boy’s childhood from 6 to 18 (“Boyhood”), checking in on a couple’s relationship every nine years (“Before Sunrise,” “Before Sunset” and “Before Midnight”), meandering with a group of teenagers on their last day of high school (“Dazed and Confused”) … if you were going to make an argument that the filmmaker is obsessed with time, you wouldn’t find a shortage of evidence.

Maintaining that focus along with Linklater’s familiar indifference toward plot (as in, there barely is one), “Everybody Wants Some” dismisses any idea of a traditional narrative with a laugh and a haze of smoke—it takes a long time to realize the major, story-propelling incident you’re waiting for isn’t coming. It’s a neat trick; simultaneously wishing that things would get started and feeling like they’re slipping away is a universally experienced state of mind, a contradiction that hit home with Hoechlin.

“You’re always looking at what’s coming up next and how much time you have left,” the 28-year-old actor said. “If I could tell anybody anything, I would say, ‘Stop looking at that. Just look at today.’ Because then all of a sudden it’s kind of gone.”

Sports in particular present the challenge of existing in a moment—an athlete must forget the last play and focus on the current one. Hoechlin said Linklater expressed the belief that, “You can’t grow up until you stop playing sports,” and some members of the team are more aware of this than others.

Jenner, 23, stars as Jake, a freshman pitcher eager to prove himself, and Brittain, 25, is his roommate Billy, a freshman who can always be found by following the phone cord (’80s = landlines) as he talks with his girlfriend back home. Hoechlin’s character, McReynolds, faces very different challenges—he’s the team’s veteran hitter, coming to a fork that either heads to playing pro ball or saying goodbye to baseball forever, a feeling the actor knows all too well.

On campus, the guys of “Everybody Wants Some” are eager to categorize themselves as baseball players instead of just explaining themselves by their chosen major. Beyond being afraid to grow up, they’re scared of losing their identity or, as one character puts it, “never being more than some dude doing some job just like everybody else.” As actors, it’s not a stretch for Hoechlin, Jenner and Brittain to relate to that—Brittain said that as a kid, he was so scared of being ordinary that he was serious about becoming a professional tornado chaser.

But as intent as the characters are on being known as baseball players, a major point of the film is their willingness to assume temporary identities in the interest of getting laid. They’ll dance at a disco, ride a bull in a country bar, rock out at a punk show and don costumes at a theater party in an effort to win over a girl.

Jenner’s character questions the phoniness of this approach, but he’s assured by upperclassman guru Finn (played by Glen Powell, who channels Matthew McConaughey’s “Dazed and Confused” character to great effect) that it’s simply adaptive.

“I think it’s only phony if you abuse it,” Jenner said when asked about that strategy. “If you’re going out and you’re just trying something new but you’re yourself that whole time, you’re just kind of gaining knowledge from this experience, that’s adaptive. But if I go in, and I’m trying to just be a pick-up artist [and] I’m doing it solely to pick up chicks … that’s phony.”

Brittain agreed, adding that everyone changes their behavior based on who they’re with, not just guys looking for someone to take home—that anyone would act differently with their family than they do with their co-workers. Hoechlin wouldn’t take a side, saying it could be both phony and adaptive.

But that’s the key to “Everybody Wants Some.” What it lacks in traditional story structure (the girl, played by Zoey Deutch of “Dirty Grandpa,” doesn’t even become a factor until late in the game), it makes up for with open-ended conversation about what it means to be young and alive. Set in a summer more than three decades ago, it’s nostalgic for another time but also nostalgic for the possibilities that come with youth.

“In college, you’re always ready to get to the next thing,” Brittain said. “It’s like when you get to the next thing, things are really going to be happening, you know?”

“It doesn’t change,” Jenner added.

INTERVIEW: An Inside Look at Linklater’s New Film ‘Everybody Wants Some!!’

Posted on March 29, 2016 by Mandy in Articles, Everybody Wants Some, Tyler 0

By  – Loyola Phoenix – 03.29.16

In 1993, Rick Linklater brought us back to the ‘70s with Dazed and Confused. On April 1, he brings us the ‘80s withEverybody Wants Some!! — a movie that shows the lives of college students from the 1980s in three days.

In the film Jake (Blake Jenner) is a freshman baseball player who learns about college life through his teammates. With his teammates, McReynolds (Tyler Hoechlin) and Bill Autrey (Will Brittain), Jake goes to parties, plays baseball, meets girls, goes crazy and enjoys every moment.

The PHOENIX had the chance to sit down and chat with Jenner, Hoechlin and Brittain about their rehearsals, filming of the movie, playing baseball and their favorite moments on set.

For the rehearsals and filming of the movie, the actors lived in Linklater’s farm in Austin, Texas, for about three weeks.

“We were doing everything together — breakfast, rehearsals, milking the cows, cuddling when we had nightmares,” Jenner said.

Called the “spiritual sequel” to Dazed and Confused, Everybody Wants Some!! was created the same way, and has the same vibe to it.

“The only similarity between the two is the fact that they’re both timeless,” Jenner said.

That timelessness is evident throughout the film, with authentic ‘80s disco music and dances, parties, competitions, jokes and witty conversations. All of these characteristics have the ability to attract millennials and parents of millennials alike.

Hoechlin said he hopes millennials will see that some things don’t change with time.

“I think that hopefully they can see that even going back to 1980, everyone goes through the same things. Everyone has the same insecurities,” he said. “The more things change, the more things stay the same.”

Brittain mimicked Hoechlin’s sentiment, adding that college students today have some things to learn from students of the past.

“I hope that millennials look at this and know that we aren’t supposed to be on our phones all the time and social media,” he said. “Hopefully people can see that you can have a good time hanging out with your pals and chilling.”

The movie encourages viewers to have a good time and “for a good time, not a long time,” which is a line in the official movie poster.

A “good time” is shown in the dancing scenes, in which Jake and his teammates dance to disco and country music. Jenner said he really liked the disco dancing rehearsals.

“We had a really, really fun teacher, she was like yay-high, but she was like so energetic, so excited, and she was there both rehearsals and on the day of the shoot,” he said. “So she was dancing with us, keeping our spirits high.”

Baseball fans or not, Everybody Wants Some!! is a movie that will make audiences laugh, dance along, remise about the ’80s, and enjoy every moment.

INTERVIEW: Young Cast Emphasizes That ‘Everybody Wants Some!!’

Posted on March 28, 2016 by Mandy in Articles, Everybody Wants Some, Tyler 0

By  – Hollywood Chicago – 03.28.16

CHICAGO – There are two exclamation points behind the new Richard Linklater (“Boyhood”) film, “Everybody Wants Some!!,” and that could also express the exclamation energy of the cast. Will Brittain, Tyler Hoechlin and Blake Jenner portray college students before the new fall semester in 1980.

“Everybody Wants Some!!” is a quasi-sequel to Linklater’s popular “Dazed and Confused” film of 1993. It possesses the same nostalgia, the same styles/attitudes, and the same spirit as “DandC,” and it is set four years after the events of that film – except now it’s a Texas college instead of a Texas high school. For persons who grew up in that era, it will be a warm look back, and for everyone else it will evoke laughs on how we all used to live, and what we used to wear while we were living without Facebook.

The three young stars of “Everybody Wants Some!!,” Will Brittain, Tyler Hoechlin and Blake Jenner, came through Chicago on a promotional tour, and HollywoodChicago – through an interviewer who actually lived the era depicted in the film – was there to grill them. Living in another time can be tricky, especially since us geezers are around to remember exactly what it was like. What was your best resource for pretending you lived in 1980?

All: Richard Linklater!

Blake Jenner: The second week out there he gave us a ton of music to get us into the mindset of the era, that was first.

Will Brittain: Basically, if we did something that didn’t fit, he would just say ‘naw, we didn’t do that.’

Tyler Hoechlin: He would even let us get away with something when we weren’t filming. If we’d high five after a good take, he’d say, ‘they didn’t do that.’ [laughs] It was so specific. He said for example, ‘I didn’t see the first high five until 1982.’

Brittain: He’d also say things that would trip us out, like ‘the 1980s didn’t become the ‘80s until around 1982.’ And I’d think, what does that even mean? [laughs] You are all depicting college baseball players in the film. Which of you had the least actual baseball experience? What is the key to looking like you’re a college level baseball player?

Jenner: I hadn’t played that much before, and it was all about practicing with the University of Texas coaches. It’s takes some expert to look at me pitching a ball and saying, ‘we have to find the mother f**ker in you, boy!’ [laughs].

Hoechlin: I played in college, so it wasn’t that much a stretch. But I would say the main thing for guys who hadn’t played before it’s just one word – swagger. If you have swagger on the field, and look like you know how to play, that’s 90% of it. What about using the baseball equipment from that era?

Brittain: I know the guy who portrayed the catcher – Temple Baker – went through four of the old catcher’s mitts, they kept falling apart. Will, since you began in independent films, which film can you describe as your breakthrough, and how did it affect your career after it was done?

Brittain: The film ‘A Teacher’ [2013] was definitely my breakthrough, because that film went to the Sundance Film Festival. It launched everything – I got representation in Los Angeles, and I moved out there. It was my baptism into the whole festival circuit, LA and everything else in the business. Tyler, one of your famous early roles was opposite Tom Hanks and Paul Newman in ‘Road to Perdition.’ Now that you’re a little older to appreciate it, what do you think you learned about being a movie star after being around two of the biggest in movie history?

Hoechlin: A lot older now. [laughs] Basically, it was about how to be a professional. I of course observed their acting on set, but it was about the way they carried themselves and treated people that struck me the most. They were just two genuinely great human beings, I never felt either of them were separate from us, despite being who they were.

They were just focused and professional, and always included everyone in what they were doing, including the crew. They were simply always high level masters, and taught me as a kid actor never to be an a*shole to anybody, because it would be very tough to get past where they are. Blake, you were “discovered” through the ‘Glee Project’ reality series, and then worked your way onto a regular spot on the main show. How did that entire experience prepare you for the rest of show business?
Jenner: It’s about preparation. On this project, for example, we had time to rehearse and prepare. On ‘Glee,’ it was close to zero time to prepare, so I had to ready to think on my feet. There were days on that show where I had to go in and record a song, then I had to rehearse the dance for that song, and then I had to go and shoot a separate scene. That would be one day. So yeah, it was about the value of time and being prepared, and not to freak out. Back to everyone. The clothing was different back then. What was the weirdest piece of 1980 clothing that you wore, that you couldn’t imagine anyone wearing seriously?

Jenner: The cut-off jean short shorts. I don’t tan on my upper thighs, so when I first wore those I look like I was walking on two cans of milk. [laughs]

Hoechlin: The one I can’t imagine anyone taking seriously, but was one of my favorites, was the mesh football jersey top, paired with a really short pair of athletic shorts. I actually switched this costume to another day, because I wanted full belly exposure when I was sitting on the couch. [laughs] I wanted to see how high I could get that shirt up.

Brittain: The Daisy Dukes, definitely. Those cut-off short shorts are a bit much. Will, Who was the person that was most influential for you when you first started acting, and what is the best piece of performance advice they gave you?

Brittain: I did a play called ‘Our Town’ at the University of Texas, and portrayed George Gibbs in it. I remember my director Marie Brown came up to me – and this was a really beautiful scene where George lays flowers on a grave – and told me not to work myself into an emotional frenzy every time, even though I wanted to do it every time.

So she said, if you want to do it like that, than make sure that every time you ARE doing it like that. That stuck with me, because in the play that’s a powerful moment. I really wanted to honor that part of the story, and I keep that in mind in general. If I’m going to go for it, I’ve got to truly go for it. Tyler, you did two multi-season runs on TV series [“7th Heaven,” “Teen Wolf”], playing two different characters. At what point during those runs do you think you begin to understand a character. which makes playing him that much easier? I assume in both series you got a script that would focus more on your character. What is your process once that happened?Hoechlin: When you’re in the first season, you’re constantly feeling it out. But around the second season, it rushes back to you, and makes it that much easier to start again. For me, a couple episodes into the second season, I would think I know who this guy is, now it’s time to try and find more. What else can I find out?

Hoechlin: Yeah, ‘7th Heaven’ was a big ensemble cast, so everyone would get a turn. Basically, I’d get a script that focused on my character and think, ‘Oh, I’m working every day this week.’ The mindset was I’ve got more to do, so I had to focus. In ‘7th Heaven,’ more than ‘Teen Wolf,’ was that I got to learn more about my character. In ‘Teen Wolf,’ I’d always get a new arc for that character every season, which was discovery for me. Blake, it was reported that you’re on the short list to portray the young Han Solo in another ‘Star Wars’ spinoff. What characteristic of Han is most like you, and would you kiss a Wookie to get the part?

Jenner: Dude, I’d go down on a Wookie to get the part. [laughs]

Hoechlin: Quote of the day!

Jenner: I can’t talk too much about this, but one thing I will say is that Han will presumably be in his origin phase, and we most likely will get to see the development of his classic characteristics. What made him will be interesting to explore, especially in who broke his heart and made him jaded and sarcastic. Finally for everybody, what do you appreciate about living in the current day, now that you all took a trip back to 1980?

Jenner: Genes. Do you mean better genetics?

Jenner: No, the blue ‘jeans’ of now. [laughs]

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