Teen Wolf series creator Jeff Davis says Cody Christian’s character, Theo, is one of his personal favorite new characters. Why? Because every series needs a character audiences can really hate. Davis even described Theo as the Teen Wolf equivalent of Game of Thrones‘ Joffrey. At the 2015 San Diego Comic Con, Christian took Davis’ comparison as a compliment.
“Honestly, it’s an honor. Just the opportunity that I’ve gotten already being on the show and the character that I’ve been given is like a meaty character with so much substance,” said Christian during our roundtable interview. “Theo has everywhere to go in this season, and playing a character like that is an incredible experience. Teen Wolf being established in its fifth season, that’s badass to me. I take that with utmost respect.”
Asked how he gets into the darker aspects of the character, Christian replied, “Me personally there’s nothing that I pull from my life. I’m a firm believer that every character has its own story and as an actor, as an artist, it’s our job to create that story. I look at every character, every role as an empty canvas. When I first sit down, it’s like I’m taking a paint brush to it for the first time. I get to create everything that supports this character and makes it what it is. So, painting that story of Theo and what he is and what he comes from was so much fun. I can’t wait for the audience to see it.”
Going in, Christian wasn’t completely aware that Theo would be a major antagonist. “There was a concept. When I auditioned for the role, Theo was an idea. And as we started filming, as the season progressed, it then grew to what it is now. That’s compliments to Jeff and our amazing team of writers on Teen Wolf. But, yeah, when I first auditioned I was like, ‘Let me be a badass. I just want to be a badass.’ That’s what I went to them with. Theo, he has his moments.”
Although some fans aren’t sure if Theo is actually a werewolf, Christian said it’s been revealed. “We’ve seen him with fangs and the crinkled forehead,” said Christian. “We saw it and it is what it is. I think he’s full-on werewolf – and also a wolf wolf.”
Watch the full interview with Cody Christian on Teen Wolf season five:
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