How would you describe Teen Wolf to a new UK audience who might not have seen it?
It’s a really exciting show with more of an edge and darker themes than the 1980s film. That’s a fun film, of course, but we delve much deeper into issues of adolescence and as we move into the third series people have stopped comparing us to the movie.
What do you fear the most in life?
Mediocrity – the idea of just being alright at something. In drama school we were taught to just go for it, even if it means failing abysmally. Tessellation also scares me. Do you know what that is? It’s lots of little objects in a row, like the ridges on a cat’s tongue. That freaks me out.
Have you ever embarrassed yourself in front of a celebrity or a hero?
I once met Peter O’Toole, who is one of my acting heroes, and I embarrassed myself by being a blithering idiot. I couldn’t get a proper sentence out.
Who’s your celebrity crush and why? Have you met her?
I had weird crushes on cartoon characters as a kid, especially April from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. She was so fit but of course I’ve never met her, mainly because she doesn’t exist in real life!
What’s been the strangest Tweet you’ve ever received?
I’m not very good on Twitter but some of the fan letters I get are really explicit. You get 12-year-old girls saying the most outrageous things. I won’t go into exactly what they’re saying but it’s pretty worrying.
You and Crystal Reed, who plays Allison, are a couple in real life. How are you coping with the attention that brings?
There can be added pressure because we all have tiffs and arguments and if you’re really famous it must be difficult to see that splashed across the newspapers.
But it’s great being with a fellow actor because they understand the job and you don’t have to live every moment in the public eye. You can avoid the big showbiz parties and all that stuff.
You’re a Brit so how did you make the move over to Hollywood?
Ever since I started acting I wanted to make it in America. Then I did the movie Immortals in Canada, made the move to Los Angeles and I just fell in love with the whole film and TV process.
I trained in theatre so it was interesting to me to see how differently they do things.
There’s no better way to learn than being on a big American TV show and of course the catering is better, although we have to be in shape for Teen Wolf so I’m not allowed near all that food – but I can say that it looks better.
Brits have a big presence in Hollywood right now. Do you hang out with each other?
We do, yes. I play football, as do a lot of Brits out there, so there’s always a team to play with. I’m on the same team as Stephen Moyer from True Blood, who is also a Brit. It’s funny how we all just group together.
It feels like there are more Brits in Los Angeles than there are Americans. You go out at night and it’s like being down your local English pub.
What do you miss most about the UK?
I miss the humour and I miss the chocolate. The chocolate in America is horrible so when I’m there I’m craving Cadbury’s Chocolate Buttons.