By HAZEL REID
We caught up with Teen Wolf stars Max and Charlie Carver – yes, they are brothers – twins to be exact and two of the funniest people you’ll ever meet.
The two 28-year-olds played tourist in New Zealand for the first time for a couple of the Armageddon Expo stops in Tauranga and Wellington, so we sat them down for a chat.
You spent your younger years on Desperate Housewives, how did you discover your passion for acting?
Max: We definitely used to put on plays and talent shows for our families when we were kids, we would insist every holiday we would have a family talent show that nobody else wanted to participate in, it was the Max and Charlie show, we won every time. I think that’s what built up the confidence to try things out. We did plays in middle school but again I think we weren’t really allowed to watch TV when we were little so we had to entertain ourselves and that’s generally where it started, in our imaginations because we grew up in the country.
Charlie: Making movies in the backyard – they’re terrible, they’re somewhere on YouTube way back when. There was us doing Kill Bill, it was bad. I had never seen it until the audition came in, we didn’t watch TV but Desperate Housewives was a huge show so to go from complete ignorance to driving on to Wisteria Lane on the Universal backlot – it was amazing, overwhelming and a complete adjustment. The learning curve was very steep for us. We were lucky to be working with that cast.
Teen Wolf has a huge fan following. What was it like to be apart of the show?
Charlie: I think the fun thing for us was it was completely different from Desperate Housewives; we got to do stunts for the first time, all of the supernatural stuff and VFX, green screens, a lot of action and CGI work, it was such a different world than what we were used to. The shooting schedule, we shot at nights all the time, it was like being in this little family group, we were with each other till 5 in the morning each week, it was a blast. We’re still all close friends [with the cast].
Do you have a favourite character that you have played?
Charlie: It’s so hard to separate a character versus an experience, Teen Wolf was such a fun experience. In terms of character, I loved being apart of a independent film called I am Michael, because it’s the first time I got to build a character in a film as opposed to over the course of a series, when you’re doing TV, you don’t often know where things are going because the writing’s coming in every week. It was a great experience because it was the first time I was able to do that professionally.
Max: I loved being a part of The Leftovers. We moved to New York to go shoot it and I think we got to be comedic relief as it’s a pretty heavy show and it was a lot of fun. We went through this rigorous audition process that was heavy, very intense, we talked about a lot of difficult topics. We got there assuming that we would be broken like every other character on the show, [but] we asked the show runner what he was thinking for our characters and he said, “I hired you, do whatever you want.”
What’s been your favourite episode/storyline that you’ve been involved in?
Charlie: One of the more iconic episodes of Teen Wolf that was so fun to shoot was Motel California because it was the same set location every day and I felt like everybody got to do really cool and scary stuff, it was one of the episodes with a horror element but also psychological and trippy. It was a cool episode.
Max: My favourite on Teen Wolf was the last episode, just because I knew from the beginning that I was going to die but they only told me the night before, “By the way, you’re going to die tomorrow morning.” We had been shooting for 14 hours that day, we had about thirty minutes of night time left before the sun came up and it was that thing where you had to go in and do it, you couldn’t really pull your punches at all. It was our last day at work on that show as well, so it was a nice way to end the show – drop the mic, walk away.
If you could a choose a genre and anyone to work with on an upcoming project, who would it be?
Both: Spy or a war movie. Jason Bourne should have two twins – a spy thriller for sure, with Matt Damon.
If we were to peek inside your trailer on set, what would we find hidden away in it?
Charlie: I always bring a good book, because you never know how long you’re going to be waiting for a shot to get set up. Sugar and coffee.
Max: Lots of chocolates for sure, I like having sugar right before they call action. I normally buy stupid stuff when I’m on set – Nerf guns, inflatable pools, I like to have fun. Tyler Posey would generally have a skateboard on set and someone always had a dog; Teen Wolf was like a puppy paradise.
What’s your most used emoji?
Charlie: I like the side eye moon.
Max: I’ve got the rock on, the hang loose, the dancing twins and the poo emoji.
Tell us something about you that would surprise us.
Max: I’m in a boxing match this September, that’s exciting. I play guitar.
Charlie: I like to cook, in the winter I’ll braze a lot of stuff. I love to grill – I’m great with the BBQ.
What’s the best piece of life advice you’ve received and live by?
Charlie: Do as he says, not as he does. Life doesn’t end in high school!
Max: It’s along the lines of be yourself truly, the journey is going to suck a little bit but when you finally do figure out who you are, the world will fall into place.
What’s in store for you in the near future?
Both: Wish we could say, get ready for some cool stuff. We’re excited, we’re also consistently moving into the territory of getting scripts and turning things into projects.
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