O’Brien discusses Jennifer Lawrence on MTV News:
Oh, she’d kick my ass. It’s always weird when people say to me, ‘these movies are usually coming out with female leads. How does it feel to be a male lead?’ I’m like, ‘I feel like it’s way cooler to be the female lead.’ It’s kind of too generic, a male lead. I think it’s cooler that that [YA] trend is female-driven.
Seacrest interviews O’Brien during On Air With Ryan Seacrest about his role in the film The Maze Runner.
It’s a group of boys who are sort of just trapped in this environment called The Glade and it’s surrounded by this treacherous maze. And it’s basically an entire mystery throughout the movie. The story sort of reveals to you as it goes and my character sort of serves as the eyes for the audience. You kind of have no idea why these kids are put there and what’s on the other side of it. It’s basically an action-thriller-mystery kind of thing to figure out what’s going on and why they’re there.
O’Brien stars in Wes Ball’s adaptation of the James Dashner sci fi-action novel. 16-year-old Thomas awakes with no memory in the centre of a mysterious maze, and must discover its secrets to escape. Co-starring Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Aml Ameen, Kaya Scodelario, Will Poulter, and Ki Hong Lee.
It’s got a great cast and a great first-time director
Pre-production starts for the Wes Ball-directed sequel The Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials with O’Brien to reprise the lead role of Thomas. Ball:
We’ve got stages, we’ve got crews coming in, Dylan [O’Brien] will be back in a few weeks, we’re building sets, and the script is being written. It’s a bit of a race this time because we’re cautiously optimistic, but we’re feeling excited we’re about to do something that’s way more sophisticated, way more grown up, and really set up a saga here.
O’Brien appears on the cover of the September 2014 issue of U! Girl magazine.
A new trailer is released:
O’Brien stars as the character Stiles in the show’s fourth season. Stiles and his friends deal with tragey, and face a new enemy known as The Benefactor. Co-stars Tyler Posey, Tyler Hoechlin, Holland Roden, Shelley Hennig, and Arden Cho.
The second half of the season, fans will finally get to see who The Benefactor is — the bad guy basically of the season. That will be revealed and then it always sort of finds a way to get flipped on its head and it’s like not what you think. That’s always all kinds of fun and it leads into this crazy finale where basically everybody’s life is on the line.
O’Brien is interviewed on set for Collider and talks about how his haircut almost cost him the role, the pressure of the role, and his friendship with co-stars. On his on-screen rivalry with Poulter:
It’s actually uncomfortable! We’re so funny. Even tonight, what we’re doing right now. We wrestle. He’s vicious. He’s scowling. He’s the antagonist of the movie and I’m the protagonist. Wes always says we’re opposite sides of the same coin, so we’re always supposed to be butting heads. Even after every take, he’ll go, “Are you okay?” I’ll go, “Yeah, are you?” He’ll go, “Yeah, but oh, I hit your knee!” And I go, “Yeah, my knee is fine! But how’s your elbow?” It’s just hilarious. We’re buddies off screen, as we all are.
Ball says he nearly overlooked O’Brien:
I saw thousands and thousands of people. Dylan was actually…I saw him early on, very early on and I overlooked him. It was a big learning experience there, because I overlooked him because of his hair. He had Teen Wolf hair and I couldn’t see past that and so we were looking for our Thomas and it’s a tough role to make, because he comes in as a boy and he leaves as a man, so it cant’ be like this badass action star that comes into this movie … we brought him back in and we started to talk with him and I’m like “oh my god,” he’s the coolest dude ever.
The teaser trailer for The Maze Runner premieres during Teen Wolf.
O’Brien stars in the improv comedy directed by Matt Walsh. Jimmy, a rebellious teen, tries to keep his neighbour from getting high during a road trip to Oakland. Co-starring James Pumphrey, Abby Elliott, and Rob Riggle. Walsh:
When we cast Dylan – Dylan was the only role we cast – he had no improv experience. I plugged him into [Upright Citizens Brigade], I got him into an intensive for like four weeks … He literally was improvising with the heavyweights of improv as far as I’m concerned. The best people I’ve ever played with – and I’ve done a lot of improv – were in this movie, so he really was challenged to step up his game. He did a great job.
O’Brien visits Robertson on the Tomorrowland set in Vancouver. They are seen chatting with Clooney before filming starts.
O’Brien confirms he is dating someone.
I always like to go see my parents when I can. They’re in LA. Teen Wolf shoots there, so whenever I get a day off I like to go have dinner with them or watch Walking Dead or hang out with my girlfriend.
He doesn’t say who his partner is.
MTV releases the first images of the cast.
O’Brien plays Stuart in the comedy directed by Shawn Levy. Stuart and a team of misfit Google interns try to secure jobs at the company using unorthodox tactics that include drunkenness, lapdancing, and Quidditch matches. Co-starring Vince Vaughan, Owen Wilson, Max Minghella, Josh Gad, Tobit Raphael, Max Minghella, Tiya Sircar, and Rose Byrne.
It was the coolest experience ever, for all of us. I’m 21 years old. Five years ago, I was just like a normal kid in high school with my buddies going out and seeing Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn movies. Literally, nonstop quoting these guys around school and joking around all of the time. So it’s just so crazy that I got to work with them.
O’Brien stars as Stiles in the third season, investigating a series of supernatural murders and making a sacrifice of his own to save his family. Co-stars Tyler Posey, Crystal Reed, Tyler Hoechlin, and Holland Roden.
It’s bigger in terms of cast, obviously, there’s a lot more characters introduced, a lot more wolves, new pack coming into town and you don’t really know their motives, the history of it all. It all has to do with all the characters we’ve come to know in the first two seasons. And we kind of start finding out a little bit more about that background of the Deaton world and how they came to be involved … You start finding out the background of this whole world a little more this season which I don’t think we’ve touched on much the first couple of seasons
O’Brien misses the premiere of The Internship due to a scheduling conflict:
Concept art for the movie is released:
O’Brien appears in the twenty third episode of season two of New Girl, Virgins. He appears as Deschanel’s prom date in a flashback and promises her a memorable first time.
It was awesome, so much fun. Zooey was great. They have a really great, warm cast and crew. It was a friendly work environment.
A second trailer is released for The Internship:
O’Brien confirms he has been cast:
The Internship trailer is released:
O’Brien announces the Hangout to launch the movie trailer:
O’Brien stars as Stiles in the show’s second season, as he protects the love of his life and deals with the dangers of the werewolf pack. Co-starring Tyler Posey, Holland Roden, Crystal reed, and Tyler Hoechlin.
He’s got this whole Lydia thing that he wanted, and that’s how it started this season, but I think it changes a little bit. I don’t know, there may be somebody else. New character. Oh, and there’s a new villain, too.
In the teen comedy directed by Jon Kasdan, O’Brien’s character Dave Hodgman discovers what it is like to fall in love. Co-starring Britt Robertson, Victoria Justice, Craig Roberts, and Joshua Malina.
It was really funny, you know, because you shoot an entire day of sex scenes … but it ended up being way easier than I thought.
Teen Wolf premieres on MTV. O’Brien plays Stiles, whose best friend is bitten by a werewolf and develops supernatural powers. Davis:
Dylan [O’Brien] is a phenomenal comic actor.
He came in with a resume that had two YouTube references on it. He ain’t no Hollywood kid, but god bless him, he’s a wonderful comedian and a terrific dramatic actor.