Dear Dylan O’Brien,
First off, happy birthday. We are now the same age, at least until March when I am older than you again but let’s not focus on that right now. Let’s focus on the fact that today is your birthday and how amazing you are on Teen Wolf which is arguably one of the best shows on television right now.
Before Teen Wolf, you hadn’t done much professional acting, but you were amazing right off the bat. Your wit and comic timing takes the show to the next level. Your realistic good looks and goofy smile are just the right amount of endearing. It won’t be long now until you are winning major awards. I’m not the only one who thinks that either, it seems to be pretty unanimous across the board. You are beloved. And for good reason. I can’t wait to see you in the adaptation of The Maze Runner that comes out in February. You’re seriously going to kill it in that role. You may even do it better than how it is on the page.
You were in that slightly terrible indie rom-com The First Time which was only good because you were in it and Craig Roberts from Submarine played your bow-tie wearing best friend. Otherwise the movie was pretty bad. But we aren’t going to focus on that either. Other things we won’t talk about: The High Road (because I haven’t seen it) and your episode of New Girl (because I’m not that far in the series yet.)
Your character on Teen Wolf is a gift to television. Sure, some of that has to do with the show’s writing, but a lot of it has to do with you. Jeff Davis, the show’s creator, has said that he would love for you to write for the show, and I think you should. It is common knowledge that you do a lot of improvising and you even wrote a scene this last season, so you are well on your way. You just need to take the plunge and write a whole episode.
And yeah, let’s talk about The Internship too. Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson were the stars but you stole the show. Your sarcasm and hilarity was so subtle that your theft of the spotlight might have gone unnoticed by others, but at the end of the day you owned that movie. You and those glasses and that beanie.
It was in The Internship that I really noticed how similar to Adam Brody you are. That was what drew me into Teen Wolf in the beginning. How much you were like Seth Cohen. With the sarcasm and the pop culture references and the sexy nerd thing. Adam Brody wasn’t even the first actor to play that card. The earliest I remember was Topher Grace, and he probably wasn’t even the first.
Wait a second. That photo isn’t even of you. That’s Adam Brody. There are just so many similarities that I am starting to get confused. Don’t worry though, just because you remind me (and many others) of these actors before you does not mean you are any less unique. That is simply not the case. Where these actors have sadly fallen down the hole of irrelevancy, you will definitely not. It is obvious that you won’t.
You are creating quite the name for yourself, and being in a major franchise when The Maze Runner movie is released will put you on the map. Soon you’ll be nominated for Oscars and people will bring up that time you were on an MTV show. You will achieve what Adam and Topher never did before you, and bring glory to the sexy nerd name.
If I ever signed your yearbook you are definitely one of those people who I would tell rocks and that I don’t want them to ever change. Because you are doing i tright, and everyone else is wrong. But you seem to be too nice to actually point it out to people. Which is fine, you don’t want to get ahead of yourself. You are only 22.
I don’t have much else to say to you Dylan O’Brien. I hope you have a good birthday and I hope this next year brings you to the screen more. And I hope that the next season of Teen Wolf has more of your writing.
Yep, I am just going to leave that there.