Dylan O'Brien (born August 26, 1991) is an American actor, musician, and director. He co-stars as "Stiles" Stilinski in theMTV series Teen Wolf. He also co-starred in the film High Road, and starred in the films The First Time and The Maze Runner.
Life and career
O'Brien was born in New York City, the son of Lisa (née Rhodes), a former actress who also ran an acting school, and Patrick O'Brien, a camera operator. He grew up in Springfield Township, New Jersey, until the age of twelve, when he and his family moved to Hermosa Beach, California. His father is of Irish descent, and his mother is of Italian, English, and Spanish ancestry. After graduating from Mira Costa High School in 2009, he considered pursuing sports broadcasting and possibly working for the Mets. He had planned to attend Syracuse University in fall 2009 as a sports broadcasting major but decided to move to Los Angeles for an acting career.
At fourteen, O'Brien began posting original videos onto his YouTube channel. With the videos developing, a local producer/director approached him about doing work for a web series of hers. While working on the webseries, O'Brien met an actor who connected him with a manager. He went through several auditions before getting one for the main role in MTV's Teen Wolf. He originally wanted to audition for Scott but after reading the script O'Brien wanted to audition for the part of Stiles instead. After four auditions he was cast.
In 2011, he began playing the role of Stiles in Teen Wolf, a series loosely based on the 1985 film of the same name. In 2013, O'Brien co-starred in the comedy film The Internship, with Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson.
O'Brien played the lead role in the 2014 film The Maze Runner, the adaptation of the book of the same name. He filmed the movie in summer 2013 while on hiatus fromTeen Wolf. Yahoo! Movies named O'Brien as one of the 15 Breakout Stars to Watch for in 2014. Pre-production for the Maze Runner sequel, Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials, began in early September 2014 and filming began at the end of October 2014 in New Mexico.
In addition to acting in film and on television, O'Brien has produced, directed, and starred in a number of comedic short films produced for and released through his personal YouTube channel. He was the drummer for the independent rock band Slow Kids at Play. O'Brien has been in a relationship with actress Britt Robertson since they met on the set of The First Time in 2011.