I first saw Tyler Hoechlin when MTV’s Teen Wolf aired in 2011. As Derek Hale, the broody werewolf who ominously hangs out around Beacon Hills High School, Hoechlin was very good at being spooky and endearing. Naturally, I fell in love.
It’s been a season and a half since his last official appearance, so even though I loved his stint as Superman in Supergirl and as McReynolds in Richard Linklater’s Everybody Wants Some!!, I haven’t thought of Derek Hale in a while. A glimpse of his back running through the woods in Teen Wolf’s final season naturally brought on this deluge of nostalgia, and when AsiaPOP Comicon (APCC) announced his appearance this year, I waffled. I did a lot of waffling.
To me, meet and greets are sort of scam-y. Even though in that miniscule window of time you get to meet your favorite people you otherwise wouldn’t, it is still, somehow, a commodification of them.
Still, on Saturday night of APCC weekend, I kicked my inner Libra and I stopped waffling. I bought a pass for Sunday.
This is what it was like: there were at least 70 people at the meet and greet. The Q&A was, as expected, pitifully short. Hoechlin did have to go meet and greet at least 70 people, so I get it. I don’t like it, but I get it.
On the upside, the Q&A was not as invasive as I thought it was going to be.
I learned that he spent a lot of time at sports bars with Teen Wolf co-star, Daniel Sharman, and that he was “adamant” about wearing the crop top in Everybody Wants Some!! — even cajoling the costume department to let him wear it on the day he has the most scenes, which I personally felt was a good call — and that some of his Teen Wolf castmates are still his best friends today.