It looks like the fans aren’t the only ones excited for ‘Teen Wolf’ Season 3 to premiere on Monday!
On Thursday, May 30, 2013, Tyler and former co-star Colton Haynes attended the screening of Matthew Morrison’s PBS Special “Matthew Morrison: Where It All Began – Live From The Bushnell”
Check our gallery for more pictures from this event
The folks at Collider were invited to the set of ‘Teen Wolf’ to talk with several of the cast members. Here is their interview with Tyler.
WARNING: Spoilers Ahead!
Collider: Where are things at for Derek, when the show picks back up for Season 3?
TYLER HOECHLIN: It’s four months later and Derek is working with Peter (Ian Bohen), his crazy uncle, and Isaac (Daniel Sharman), one of his pack members, to find the missing members of his pack. That’s what we’ve been up to, for the last few months. It’s taking us awhile, apparently. So far, we’re still working on it. We’ll see. Hopefully, it turns out well.
What’s the dynamic like, between Derek, Peter and Isaac?
HOECHLIN: Between the three of our characters, it’s much different than the three of us, as individuals. We have a great time together. We always love working with our little group. You have three very strong personalities, in these characters. I think Derek, being the Alpha, is the leader of that group, but you also have two people who could easily, at any moment, want to step up and take that role, as well. It’s a very interesting dynamic. There’s a bit of a mutual respect, but there’s also always a good bit of tension between the three of them.
How have things evolved for Derek, as an Alpha?
HOECHLIN: When we come back, I don’t think there’s too much different from when we left Season 2. In Season 2, Derek was an overly confident Alpha, in the beginning, but was quickly humbled. He learned where he really stood and what his capabilities and limits were. Season 3 is a lot about redemption. It’s a much more humbled and focused Derek. He’s learning from his mistakes. I think he is growing, but not in a very quick way. He’s definitely learning his limits and what he can do to get the things done that he needs to get done.
What sort of relationship do Derek and Scott (Tyler Posey) have this season?
HOECHLIN: The relationship with Scott, this year, is much more one of mutual respect for him being his own wolf, and almost being his own Alpha, really. There’s not as much frustration with Scott. He’s not annoyed with Scott, as often as he used to be. It’s very much a realization that he needs Scott, as much as Scott needs him.
What can you say about Derek’s new place to live?
HOECHLIN: The abandoned railway and the burnt out houses are a thing of the past, hopefully, unless something happens to this new loft, which I think is awesome. I would love to live in that space. I’m kind of jealous. It makes me want to go live somewhere in New York, or something. It’s a great new set. It’s a lot of fun to shoot on. There are a lot of things that can be done. It looks incredible. And I think it fits Derek. It’s something that he needed to really solidify this character, as having an identity and a place that he lives. It looks like him, and it feels like him.
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?
HOECHLIN: For me, as an actor, one of the biggest fears on a TV show is getting stuck in something where you end up feeling like you’re doing the same thing, every single year. I’ve had experiences with that before, and it gets monotonous and you get complacent and a little lazy. So, to be able to come into every season of this show with Derek being almost a completely different person has been a lot of fun to play. It’s like starting a new project, all over again. You’re familiar with it, and coming back to a character that you know and that you enjoy playing is very fun, but to have something new to focus on, every time, is challenging and it keeps it interesting, for sure. And the relationships are constantly changing. Different people are going through different things and choosing different sides. There’s always something new to focus on, and it keeps it fresh.
Will you have much interaction with the new characters, this season?
HOECHLIN: Yeah. There are a lot of new characters. I don’t know how much I can give away, but there are a lot of new wolves, and there are new friends and family coming into play. I’ve been able to work with a lot of them, and they’ve been fantastic. We have lucked out, on this show, in a major way, with the fact that anyone we’ve ever brought onto the cast has been nothing but incredible to work with. That’s a huge blessing. We enjoy having everyone who comes to the show, and we’re sad when anybody leaves. It’s a great set. It’s a great place to work. That’s probably the most amazing thing about this job. The people that are on this show have been incredible, the whole time.
What have been the most surprising character relationships, for you?
HOECHLIN: I don’t know. A lot of things around here are a surprise. We don’t exactly know where everything is going, all the time, which is a good thing. It keeps it spontaneous for us. But, I don’t know if I’ve seen any of the relationships and gone, “Oh, wow, I really did not see it going that way, at all.” I think the writing on this show has been incredible, from day one, so everything that develops seems to flow, unless it’s a massive twist in the story. Other than that, the relationships form themselves. It’s felt fairly natural, for the most part.
Are there any stunts that you’ve felt goofy shooting, but were really impressed with, once you saw the finished product?
HOECHLIN: No, actually. Our stunt coordinators and our stunt players are amazing at what they do. I’m so grateful that they let me participate as much as they do because I thoroughly enjoy it. It’s one of my favorite things to do. I enjoy doing the stunt work and the fight scenes. As much as they allow me to do, I’m always very excited and happy to do it. It doesn’t usually feel very awkward. The only thing that could is the make-up. It’s an incredibly freeing experience with the make-up because you have no judgement with what you’re doing. You can snarl and not feel like an idiot because you have something that makes it look legitimate. When you go back and look at it, with the way it’s shot and the people we have working on this project, they always make it look good.
Is there room for Derek to have a love interest? Is that something you’d like to explore?
HOECHLIN: I’m going to say that I think so, and that’s about it. You’ll have to wait and see. I’ll tease enough to say that it’s been nice to explore different sides of Derek this season. You learn much more about Derek in this third season. I’ve already learned things about Derek that I didn’t know before. There will be fun revelations with the character this year.
Do you enjoy having the instant feedback from fans through Twitter and social media?
HOECHLIN: Yeah. It’s flattering. I think there are some major pros and cons to it. I would like, when people are watching the show, to just sit and watch the show and enjoy it. There are a lot of people working really hard to put a show together, and sometimes it can get lost in that. It becomes more about the interaction during the show than it is about the actual episode. But at the same time, it is a great thing that people can interact and have those conversations. Someone can throw up a topic, and then someone can open up a discussion and it’s immediate. Millions of people can literally jump in on one conversation, and I think it’s a great thing. As an actor, I try not to use it as a validation or as a resource for whether I’m doing a good job or not. I think that plays with your head too much. You just have to focus on what you are doing and your craft, and working with your directors and listening to your producers, writers and fellow actors. That’s where that comes into play. But, as a medium for people to have those discussions and talk about the show, it’s a great thing.
We at Tyler Heochlin Online always appreciate hearing how great Tyler is when interacting with fans, and the gushing over how sweet and polite and friendly he is came pouring in after his MCM London Comic Con appearance last weekend. Not that we expect Tyler to be anything but gracious, but it’s nice to hear good things from people, especially those who aren’t fans.
The following is a post found on tumblr (posted here with permission) that we wanted to share with everyone. It showcases one of the many reasons why we have this site and why we do what we can to promote Tyler and his career.
The Manners of Tyler Hoechlin and the Teen Wolf Fandom.
I wish to preface this with the fact that I have never seen an episode of Teen Wolf, nor do I intend to, though I have nothing against anyone with any degree of involvement with the series.
This weekend I had a short volunteer placement at MCM, London comic-con. This involved mostly crowd control, on Saturday I dealt with the queues for the photos and autographs. At the time of my shift, I was dealing largely with the Teen Wolf fans, and I must say that although a few of them were a little testy, for the most part they were courteous and understanding where I had to let them know that the cast were delayed and I had to reshuffle the queue. Certainly more so than I would have expected in my dealing with fans.
On Sunday, I was working an even busier shift. Main Stage. After a hectic shift in the timetable, cast arriving out of the blue and cutting a panel time in short, I was losing it quite quickly. I had been made to work beyond by allocated shift and at odds with my manager who was contradicting the orders I received from other staff. And then a most curious thing happened.
Controlling the entrance, I saw and interacted with a lot of people. In the middle of it all, three or four people walked past me, all with VIP badges. I now know they were part of the Teen Wolf cast. I also know that one of them was Tyler Hoechlin, through recognition by hindsight. If you’ve ever worked as a volunteer steward, you’ll know that the thanks you receive is close to none. You don’t go in expecting to be thanked, else you’re going to have a shit time. However, Mr. Hoechlin made deliberate eye contact with me, and after seeing my steward badge nodded with admittedly a very charming smile and said his single word of thanks. Not knowing who he was, save for a VIP, I already felt very content to be simply noticed.
I must stress that given Mr. Hoechlin’s timetable for the day, which was incredibly stressful as I had accompanied many people to the signing booth where there were endless queues, giving a simple word of thanks is by no means something on the mind. However he gave me two seconds of his time to let me know that I was appreciated, and for that all my respect to him. An innumerable amount of people glanced over me, and weren’t exactly polite, however a celebrity, by all means, extended his manners to me and that touched my heart.
Tyler and co-star, Holland Roden, are scheduled to attend the Los Angeles Comic Book and Science Fiction Convention on June 23, 2013.
This is a one-day Con held at the Shrine Auditorium, Expo Center in Los Angeles, CA. The show hours are 10am-5pm, and you can only purchase tickets on the day of the event. Tickets for admission are $10, and autographs from Tyler and Holland are purchased separately at an additional cost. At this time, we don’t know how much the autographs will be, or if there will be photo sessions, but we will update you as soon as we know more.
As is always the case with appearances, attendance for Tyler is based on his work schedule, and may change without notice.