When Dylan O’Brien stepped onto the red carpet at the American Assassin premiere in Austin, I knew two things: he’s the star of the Maze Runner franchise and he plays Stiles on MTV’s Teen Wolf. Or he played Stiles on Teen Wolf. I’m still not sure because when I asked him about the final season of the series, he replied, “You know I’m not on the show anymore, right?” In all fairness, I did NOT know that. However, it didn’t seem like an odd question since he apparently was featured briefly on the season premiere and was included in the Comic Con panel in July.
What I do know now is that he’s a decent actor.
I’ve also learned that he loves beer, can hold his own with the likes of Taylor Kitsch (both on screen and IRL) and has a bright future ahead of him in LA LA Land.
When asked to describe what it was like portraying the lead role of Mitch in American Assassin, he said it meant a lot to get through it and the experience was instrumental in his personal life. I assume that has something to do with the intense six-week training he went through for the role, which included donning a bjj gi for some mixed martial arts and Jiu Jitsu.
Though, as he stated in the Q&A after the film, “In my little feeble actor world, that was very difficult training for me, but, completely pales in comparison to what someone would actually be going through.”
On the carpet, he also answered a few of our totally Texan questions and butted in on my interview with Taylor Kitsch (which you can watch here), taking a jab at the former Friday Night Lights star’s dietary habits.It’s obvious the two have quite the rapport as you can witness even more in this clip.
A full review of American Assassin and Dylan Brien’s performance will be posted prior to the film’s September 15 release date.
In the meantime, here’s his full red carpet interview, followed by select moments from the post screening Q&A.
Points to the woman who tried her best to get the heartthrob shirtless.
In regards to Teen Wolf, here’s what he had to say about working on the show (following the moment mentioned at the start of this post).