Fame–and what it does to a person–fascinates me. If you’ve seen Teen Wolf‘s Tyler Posey on a red carpet, you know that he milks the hell out of that thing. With the final, Season 6B of Teen Wolf premiering this weekend, Tyler’s got it down pat. He’s the guy who wore a onesie to the MTV Movie Awards one year, stripped it off, and threw it into the crowd. So yeaaah, he knows how to work the fame angle for those screaming gals. This is exactly why I was surprised to learn he actually hates it. Or so he says.
See, Tyler Posey tells me that he’s seen some shit.
And now, he actually tries to avoid the fame game. Nearing the end of his run on his MTV show, Tyler told me how much the spotlight has changed him and what he’s seen. (Spoiler alert: some shit.)
Here’s what he says:
[I] turned into a man. I’m still the same kid I was when I was younger, still really wide-eyed and goofy and silly and spontaneous, but I’ve kind of learned, over the years, there’s a seriousness to life. I’ve gone through a lot of shit that’s kind of rounded me out. I had to experience — along with the rest of the cast — some weird shit that comes from being famous. A lot of us aren’t big fans of it. So we’ve really had to deal with learning how to be famous while not liking it.
Because seriously, how many times have we seen famous people lose their shit? Or, more seriously, die? Tyler says he’s super content taking a breather from center stage and actually wants to make his way to the director’s chair. Surprising he’d dip out of the spotlight, considering the whole onesie thing and whatnot. I know, I know, I can’t let it go.
Fame seems ideal, but it comes with its crap too. Tyler backs up his dislike for it and says he’s actually happier behind the scenes:
I love having a voice… But I don’t like it. I don’t agree with a lot of [it]. That’s why I kind of love directing so much, ‘cause I can just chill in the background and [be] under-the-radar. Directing is so much fun. It was the first time in a while where I felt really happy on set. Acting is cool, but there’s just a lot of stuff that feels — I’m just really low-key. I don’t like being pampered, being in the tabloids or anything like that. I just try to stay away from that shit as much as possible.
Like a lot of actors, I think his fame probably caused him to grow up a little bit more quickly than the rest of us. But he’s still sorting through some shit:
That’s really helped me kind of grow and figure this life out more. I’m still fucking learning a lot, I have a lot of learning to do. Especially right now. I just turned 25, so life is still fucking confusing and crazy and it’s cool, though. I’m really excited.
But now I wonder, would this guy give fame up altogether? (I’ve asked Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard, and I’d ask Tyler too.) Also, you’re never too old for makeout jokes, right?