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Dylan O’Brien was already fairly famous for his role in the MTV series Teen Wolf, a show that’s more popular than you might think. But when he was cast in this fall’s film adaptation of the Y.A. bestseller The Maze Runner, the 23-year-old actor had to know things would change, that the movie would be big—and that his celebrity would explode alongside it.
In just the two weeks following its September 19 release, the film’s already grossed $149 million worldwide. Here, its star chats with ELLE about Chipotle, Patricia Clarkson, and his growing fanbase.
I read an article online recently that said you were overlooked for an Emmy for your last season playing Stiles Stilinski on ‘Teen Wolf’…
What? Gosh, that is so cool.
At this stage in your career, do you think about that kind of stuff? Awards and what not?
It’s impossible for me to think about that. I’m not an arrogant human being, so I could never justify it. It’s just not how my brain works. Right now it’s just about the experiences. Last season, I was just really focused on going in and taking on being the bad guy. It made me really nervous.
Yeah, I mean, it’s not like I went to acting school and you play Evil Guy one day and Romantic Guy the next. These are all things I’m trying for the first time, because my only experience has been this show.
You’re being very honest about your vulnerabilities here…
That’s always been the case with me. You know, in regard to performing, it couldn’t be funnier that I ended up being an actor, because I’m really shy. Unless I’m really comfortable with a person.
I don’t think a lot of people would assume that.
Everyone says that to me. They’re always like, “yeah, right,” and it just cracks me up. I wish more believed me when I say it. But Stiles is just so confident and extroverted. I’m much more internal. So I guess to hear someone say that I deserve an Emmy—it just makes me feel proud of what I do with him.
Well, let’s segue into ‘The Maze Runner,’ another movie where you clearly aren’t playing comedy. You weren’t playing a villain, but did your experience on ‘Teen Wolf’ help you find your way into this dramatic character?
Well, it wasn’t as nerve-wracking, but I also felt like I understood this character more. I felt like I got Thomas from a 101 standpoint. He’s a character I’ve rooted for since I was a kid. He starts out as this terrified, back-of-the pack kid, but then he finds this heroic nature in him because he’s so curious. He asks the questions that no one else asks, and it pulls this thing out of him that’s been there all along.
Did you actually have to do a lot of running?
Well, everyone had this hilarious week of boot camp—you know, chopping wood and building stuff. I actually didn’t learn any of that stuff, because Thomas wouldn’t have known how to do it. And I didn’t do a lot of running either! It was important that I look out of breath on screen, because I was greeny. Thomas wouldn’t have done much running before getting into The Glade.
How was it working with Patricia Clarkson?
I only had a few days with her, but she’s actually so hilarious. Obviously I love and respect her as an actor, but our relationship was less advice giving and more her grabbing my chest and, you know, purring in my ear.
You’re probably used to that kind of attention at this point in your career.
Honestly, man, I’m not somebody who wants the celebrity. I could really care less about that stuff. I know everyone says it, but I get overwhelmed by it all sometimes. I do love my fans, and I am so grateful for them, but sometimes I just want to walk into Chipotle and get a fucking burrito, man!
I hear that.
I never really understood why actors get paid so much money. But now I feel like it’s because they have to sacrifice their lives sometimes, you know? Some people may want that, but I said it: I’m shy and reserved, and there is nothing about me that wants to throw myself out to the world like that. I don’t resent those people or anything, but it’s hard to feel like you’re a person. You go around everywhere and people treat you like a doll.
So what’s your strategy to deal with it all?
You’ve got to pull back a little. If you keep fighting it, it’ll just make you go crazy. Like, if you just keep saying to yourself, “No, I’m going to Chipotle and no one is going to fuck with me,” you’ll end up in a mental ward. Because someone is probably going to fuck with you when you walk into that Chipotle.
I’ve added 2 pictures from the photoshoot Dylan did for Elle Magazine. One of them was seen from the magazine and the other one is a brand new outtake. Enjoy!
He’s reached movie star status! Dylan O’Brien has graced the big screen before, but after having huge blockbuster success with his new film The Maze Runner, young and adult audiences alike will perhaps think of him as more than just Stiles Stilinski on MTV’s Teen Wolf.
O’Brien, 23, stars in the film adaptation of James Dashner’s young adult book as Thomas, who finds himself trapped in a maze with a community of boys after his memory has been erased. The film topped its first weekend’s box office with a whopping $32.5 million, and a release date for its sequel, The Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials, has already been given a release date for Sept. 18, 2015.
Before heading back for another Maze Runner viewing, find out 5 more things you may not know about the (swoon-worthy) hunk:
1. Gone Viral!
O’Brien did what worked for so many others — he started on YouTube! Filming from his hometown of Springfield, NJ., the budding star created his own channel at 14 in order to show off his acting chops and humor in quick skits. One of the most memorable was when he wore a low V-neck shirt and belted out “Wannabe” by the Spice Girls before getting interrupted (ahem, caught) by a friend.
2. Listen Up, Ladies!
Did you know that O’Brien used to be in a band called Slow Kids at Play? Yep, the actor is musical too, and was a drummer in the all-male group. “We had pop-punk elements but more of the beachy, reggae vibe,” he told Entertainment Weekly in August 2014. “I miss playing shows. Anonymously playing shows, too.”
3. Teen Wolf Switcheroo
Although he provides much-needed comic relief on Teen Wolf as Stiles, O’Brien wasn’t originally up for the endearing role. “I was supposed to audition for Scott, but I asked to audition for Stiles instead,” he told Seventeen magazine in May 2011. “I was reading the script, I was supposed to be reading Scott, but I couldn’t help but keep wanting to read the Stiles parts. I was just like, ‘This guy is freaking awesome.’ And I knew myself, and how I come off, and I’m way more like Stiles than I am Scott.”
4. His Gal
Sorry, he’s taken! O’Brien has been dating Under the Dome actress Britt Robertson since they costarred together in the 2012 indie film The First Time. The couple have remained low key about their relationship (did you see their chemistry on screen!?) but have made time to visit each other on set. O’Brien flew to Vancouver while Robertson, 24, was busy filming her George Clooney flick Tomorrowland in September 2013.
5. He’s Easy to Please
O’Brien loves the comfort of family and home-cooking. In an interview with Glamour in October 2012, he said his go-to meal is the no-frills combo of chicken cutlets, rice pilaf, and broccoli — and he’ll swig it down with some cold root beer! As for his favorite person to follow on Twitter? “My mom! She tweets and always retweets what I write. It’s really cute,” he said of Lisa. “She has the little egg as her icon.”
A sequel to “The Maze Runner” will arrive in theaters next September, 20th Century Fox announced on the heels of the first film’s impressive debut.
The follow-up to the young adult hit, “The Maze Runner: Scorch Trials” races into theaters on Sept. 18, 2015. There’s potential for more “Maze Runners” beyond that. Author James Dashner also penned another sequel, “The Death Cure,” that could be adapted for the big screen at a future date.
“The Maze Runner” topped the weekend box office with $32.5 million domestically and pulled in an additional $37.6 million overseas. It flew past two other new wide releases, “A Walk Among the Tombstones” and “This Is Where I Leave You,” to emerge as the highest grossing film.
The sequel will face stiffer competition from action-adventure “Everest,” which stars Jake Gyllenhaal, and an untitled Whitey Bulger biopic with Johnny Depp.
I’ve added 2 new HQ outtakes from The Maze Runner promotional shoot and updated another one we had with a HQ version. I previously had these images under the photoshoot section but I learned that they are actually a promotional shoot! Enjoy the new pics!
I’ve added HQ movies, behind the scenes pictures as well as a few promotional pictures from The Maze Runner. Check them out in the gallery below!
Also, as of right now The Maze Runner grossed around $11.3M just on Friday! That is amazing and I’m so proud of Dylan & the rest of the cast! Make sure to check your local theaters for showings and times for the movie!
Earlier in the day, Dylan along with co-stars Ki Hong Lee & Jacob Latimore visited BET’s 106 & Park. Check out pictures as well as the episode below! (The Maze Runner comes in a littler after the first commercial break!)
During the recent junket for The Maze Runner (opening tomorrow, Sept. 17), the film’s director Wes Ball recounted an amusing incident about the way the movie’s lead actor, Dylan O’Brien was cast, or rather, was almost not cast.
Wes related that when he was approached to direct the adaptation of the best-selling series written by James Dashner after Katherine Hardwicke (Twilight, Red Riding Hood) dropped out of the project, he went about the usual process of casting for the parts.
“We weren’t looking at faces, we weren’t looking at good looks, all that stuff — fortunately, we are okay in that department, too — but we found good actors that can be truthful,” he stated. “I wanted spectacle with an emotional core to it. I can’t just have shiny pictures.”
First one to be cast was for the role of Teresa, which went to British stunner Kaya Scodelario who was just coming off a critically-acclaimed performance as Kathy in acclaimed director Andrea Arnold’s reimagining of Wuthering Heights. Kaya first gained worldwide acclaim through her role as Effy in the provocative TV series, Skins.
The other part that was also immediately cast was that of Gally, which went to another Brit actor and pre-We’re the Millers Will Poulter (he was the naïve and geeky fourth-wheel in that hit movie whose private part was bit a spider!). Will landed the part because of his distinctive eyebrows according to Wes.
The one part that took a long time to cast was that of Thomas, the lead character in this gritty story of a group of boys trapped inside a mechanical maze set in a not-so-distant America. The director wanted to cast the late River Phoenix — yes, he was serious — but knowing that River has long been gone, he went looking for an actor who can remind him of the late actor’s intensity as displayed in the film The Mosquito Coast and Dylan, unfortunately, was among many actors he refused to cast.
Dylan, for those who are not aware, is the lead in the hit TV series Teen Wolf and it surprised this writer that he almost did not get the part because his performance as Thomas is one of the best things in The Maze Runner. That he failed to make an impression during his initial audition and was not called back to read again until after about four months was something any actor, or any first-time director, had to learn from. The reason? The way he wore his hair to the audition!
On the day Dylan auditioned for the role, he was just coming off the set of Teen Wolf and was still wearing the hair and make-up he used for the show. “I was coming off work, I had hair and make-up and I was, like, ‘Oh, this is going to be great,’ yet it turned off the director. Things are funny like that.”