Developed by Jeff Davis, the hit MTV drama series Teen Wolf has returned for a super-sized, 24-episode third season. Picking up four months after the events that nearly ended Jackson’s (Colton Haynes) life and resurrected Peter Hale (Ian Bohen), Season 3 finds teen werewolf Scott McCall (Tyler Posey) and his friends Stiles (Dylan O’Brien), Lydia (Holland Roden) and Allison (Crystal Reed) beginning their junior year of high school while having to deal with a new threat has arrived in Beacon Hills – a deadly pack of Alpha werewolves intent on bringing Derek (Tyler Hoechlin) into their fold.
With the filming relocated to Los Angeles, Collider was invited to check out the set and chat with the cast for a series of exclusive interviews. While hanging out on a break from shooting, actor Charlie Carver (who plays one of the twin Alphas this season) talked about how he came to the show, wanting to do a different kind of role after Desperate Housewives was done, how much he enjoys the action stuff and the prosthetics, how nice it is to join a show that’s already a proven success, and what it’s been like to work with his twin brother, Max. Check out what he had to say after the jump.
Collider: How did you come to this show? Did you and your brother sign on for this, right after finishing up on Desperate Housewives?
CHARLIE CARVER: Yeah. There had been whispers, over the summer, that this role was coming up and that Jeff [Davis] was interested. I didn’t know what I’d be doing in the fall, and I ended up doing a couple of indies and a Lifetime thing. But, I really liked the sound of it. They’d been on a twin hunt and we went in for the final reading, and then tested for it.
Was it nice to go from playing a kid on Desperate Housewives to a role that’s a bit more adult?
CARVER: Definitely! It’s so funny that it feels like it was so long ago, but Housewives in May (2012), and here I am, doing something completely different, only a few months later. It was such a good experience there, having such good mentors on set, with Doug Savant and Felicity Huffman, who we worked with the most. Here, it’s a completely different style of set. You can tell it’s like a family, and I feel like they’ve welcomed me and Max right in.
Was it important for you to do a very different kind of role?
CARVER: Yeah! Right off the bat, they were like, “Okay, we’ve gotta get you to the gym. We’ve gotta get you some stunt work and some movement coaching.” It’s been really exciting because it’s the kind of thing, growing up, that I really aspired to do and wanted to try, especially the action stuff and getting to have prosthetics.
Does it feel like you’re really using all of yourself, with a role like this?
CARVER: Yeah. The days on set are very dynamic because you can be moving from one shot that’s more intimate or casual and teenage, and then they cart you off to another place where you’re slicing open bodies with your bare hands. It’s really fun!
Is it nice to join a show that’s already a proven success?
CARVER: Totally! I’ve watched all of the episodes now, and I so appreciate the writing and how it seamlessly moves from funny and entertaining, but it has this edginess to it that I don’t think a lot of stuff has, especially for a teenage/young adult audience, although it’s transcended those audiences, too. And the way it’s shot is so cinematic. Watching it, I’m just like, “Damn, this looks really good!” And it hasn’t ever gone too far, or jumped the shark, in any way. I’m new, but I can feel that this season is right alongside seasons past.
What can you say about who your character is and how he fits into the story this season?
CARVER: Well, the Alpha pack is in town, and my brother and I are the youngest members. We’re the twin Alphas of the group. Our mission is to infiltrate the school and insert ourselves tactically into this group of kids to test things out and wreak some havoc.
How has it been to work with your brother, Max?
CARVER: I like talking to Jeff [Davis] because he’s a twin. When I heard about the stuff we would be doing, I was like, “Oh, that sounds so complicated!,” but I trust him fully. He’s definitely writing my brother and I different parts. We each get our own things to do. I think he’s excited about it because he gets to put himself in there, too.