Interview: Shelley Hennig & Holland Roden on Teen Wolf: The Movie

ComingSoon Editor-in-Chief Tyler Treese talks Teen Wolf: The Movie star Shelley Henning and Holland Roden about returning to Beacon Hills years later. The film will be available for streaming on January 26.

“In the Paramount+ film, a full moon rises over Beacon Hills, and with it, a terrible evil emerges,” reads the synopsis. “The wolves howled again, calling for the return of Banshees, Werecoyotes, Hellhounds, Kitsunes, and other shapeshifters of the night. But only a Werewolf like Scott McCall, no longer a teenager but another Alpha, will gather new allies and reunite with trusted friends to fight against what may be the most powerful and deadliest enemy they’ve ever faced.

Tyler Treese: Shelly, one of the interesting things about Teen Wolf: The Movie is that there is a time jump. What was the most interesting part of coming back as an older version of Malia?

Shelley Hennig: Ooh, it gave me an opportunity to show another side of him. It gave us all that opportunity and I’m not sure what that was. Then, reading the script, I just felt a weakness and I myself felt a weakness. So it was fun to include that and see Malia shake a little bit. He is not very on top of things. I thought he was trying, but he was small. He was shaking a little. He’s a little butthurt that everyone left him in Beacon Hills. There was just a lot of play. I just feel really alive and happy.

Holland, it must be special that many of the cast returned for this movie, both creatively and for the stars. How cool is it, being backstage with so many familiar faces?

Holland Roden: It’s just surreal. I liken it to coming back for the holidays when you have nine siblings growing up. It literally feels like you’re walking back in the front door and Papa Jeff’s [Davis, creator of the Teen Wolf television series] baking cookies!

Jeff wrote the script and Russell [Mulcahy, director of the movie] Directed 40 episodes of the TV show. I’m sure the key creatives involved should completely shut the door on any issues as to whether it’s true to the series because they’re the lead. How special is it to know that this movie will actually build on the series and not be a shell of itself?

Shelley Hennig: Well, first of all, that’s the exact safety that made it easy for us to say yes to doing the movie. It’s with everyone we know and love and we’ve done a series and now, making a movie of it, it’s a safe space. But the reason I was so lucky to join the show was because I tried it for a week. I was very enamored with the success of the show.

So for me, it’s about the people, staying and being privileged to be a part of this cast. So when you say people like Jeff and Russell, I’m like, “Yeah, that’s why I’m there.” Then I realized how amazing the show was. We are really proud. We are truly proud to be a part of the show. I’m starting Season 3. Here’s an OG. I can’t imagine how you feel. I need to reap the benefits of these lovely people and I’m just along for the ride.

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