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

ComingSoon editor-in-chief Tyler Treese spoke Teen Wolf: The Movie stars Shelley Henning and Holland Roden to return to Beacon Hills years later. The film will be available for streaming on January 26.

“In the Paramount+ film, a full moon rises in Beacon Hills, and with it comes a terrifying evil,” reads the synopsis. “The wolves howl once again, calling for the return of Banshees, Werecoyotes, Hellhounds, Kitsunes, and every other shapeshifter of the night. But only a werewolf like Scott McCall, no longer a teenager but still an alpha, can gather both new allies and reunite trusted friends to fight back against what could 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’s been a time jump. What was most interesting about returning as an older version of Malia?

Shelley Hennig: Oh, it gave me an opportunity to show another side of her. It gave us all that opportunity, and I wasn’t sure what it would be. So, when I read the script, I just felt a vulnerability, and I personally felt a vulnerability. So it was fun to incorporate that and watch Malia squirm a little bit. She’s not so on top of things. I think she’s trying, but she’s a bit convoluted. She’s a little crooked. She’s a little bummed that everyone left her in Beacon Hills. There was just a lot to play. It just felt really alive and I was happy.

Holland, it must be special that so much of the cast came back for this film, both creatively and for the stars. How amazing was it to be right back with so many familiar faces?

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

Jeff wrote the screenplay and Russell [Mulcahy, director of the movie] had directed 40 episodes of the TV show. I’m sure the key creatives involved had to completely shut the door on questions about whether or not it would be true to the series because they are the leads. How special was it to know that this movie would really build on the series and not be a shell of itself?

Shelley Hennig: Well, first of all, it is precisely that security that made it so easy for us to say yes to making the film. It’s with everyone we know and love, and we’ve already created a series, and now that we’re making the movie out of it, it was a safe place. But also the reason I was lucky enough to attend the show was because I got to test drive it for a week. I was very naive about the success of the show.

So for me it was about the people, staying and being so 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 was there.” Then I learned how great the show was. We are really proud. We are really proud to be a part of the show. I started season 3. Here’s an OG. I can’t imagine how that feels for you. I get to reap the benefits of these lovely people and I’m just here for the ride.

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