Teen Wolf Fans Want You To Know That Tyler Hoechlin is More Than Just a Pretty Face


Despite being a fan favorite, Derek Hale has the emotional range of a statue that has been carved with a perpetual frown. As a result Tyler Hoechlin doesn’t really get that much opportunity to showcase his acting ability (although his eyebrows have given some impressive performances over the past 3 seasons of Teen Wolf as Derek seems to express all his emotions through them). So it’s somewhat understandable that he gets brushed off as nothing more than eye candy.

Teen Wolf fans saw more though, because the sunny, smiley guy that melted hearts in interviews is so drastically different to moody, brooding Derek Hale. That kind of transformation wouldn’t be possible without a decent amount of talent. Much of the Teen Wolf fandom came to the conclusion that if Tyler Hoechlin was given more to do than take his shirt off he would blow everybody away.

Well in the most recent episode “De-Void” Tyler Hoechlin finally got his chance to show-off and from what I saw the Teen Wolf fandom was extremely impressed (I was super impressed, he gave me chills) – and they were also kind of pissed off that he hadn’t had this opportunity before. Because if the largely female Teen Wolf fanbase can relate to anything it’s being treated as nothing more than a piece of meat when you have so much more to offer.

Please note: I’m aware there is a huge difference between the objectification of one attractive white cis male and the objectification of the entire female gender. I’m just saying we get what it feels like. And remember the assumption that fangirl tastes are based entirely on childish hormones is one of the ways that female fandom is dismissed and belittled. So ignoring Tyler Hoechlin’s talent is almost as annoying and upsetting for us as it is for him.

I’m not trying to ignore the expression of female sexuality – or deny that Tyler Hoechlin is hot, because he is very hot. Considering the way he talks about his diet and exercise regime in interviews it sounds like he works really hard to look the way he does, to which I say thank you and well done. But it takes more than good looks to get fans hooked and although it might seem like all we do is complain sometimes (we only complain because care) we really do want the people we love to know how much we appreciate them.

Tyler Hoechlin finally got the chance to do more than just walk around in uncomfortably tight pants with a frown on his face and he knocked it out of the park! Fans decided that it was about time he understood that although we enjoy looking at him, it’s actually his performance that makes us love Derek Hale. It was just so lovely to watch as my Twitter feed filled with my fellow fans complimenting Tyler Hoechlin not on his abs but on his acting abilities.

This is the side of fandom that I wish people could see, the people that appreciate talent and hard work. This is the kind of thing that deserves to be showcased, this deserves it’s own spotlight. Unfortunately I don’t have a spotlight, I just have The Geekiary. But I have to use the tools at my disposal. So here’s a sample of the lovely side of fandom that not many outsiders get the chance to see.


Author: Undie Girl

Undie Girl (aka Von) has a BA (Hons) Major in Cultural Studies. The title of her honours thesis was “It’s just gay and porn”: Power, Identity and the Fangirl’s Gaze. She’s currently pursuing a Masters of Media Practice at University of Sydney. Von’s a former contributor The Backlot’s column The Shipping News and a current co-host of The Geekiary’s monthly webcast FEELINGS… with The Geekiary.

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9 thoughts on “Teen Wolf Fans Want You To Know That Tyler Hoechlin is More Than Just a Pretty Face

  1. It was amazing to see what Hoechlin can do when he’s given the chance. Then it made me a little sad that he’s not given the chance very often. Every time I hear Hoechlin talk about Derek, it’s clear that he has a million headcanons about him, his motivations and issues. And he obviously would like to explore them in the show. But that probably gets in the way of long flashbacks and scenes with minor characters that Jeff seems to be in love with. I hope Hoechlin gets more to work with next season, because with the latest episode he’s proved he’s up for the challenge and is very capable.

  2. It’s worse with Dethan. All we’re getting are random kissing and hook up scenes with zero character development. Danny still doesn’t know he’s making out with a murderer!! Because makeouts are all that we horny fangirls/boys want, right? Ugh.

  3. Hoechlin is more than just a pretty face but I didn’t think his scene in this week’s ep was that great tbh. However its no ones fault but the writers that for a long time very few of the cast were allowed to flex their acting muscles but Dylan and maybe Crystal once in a blue moon. Teen Wolf is just not going to be the show where most of these actors will be able to grow sadly.

  4. I was mostly upset by the episode of Wolf Watch that followed “De-Void.” I was super uncomfortable with Jill Wagner’s (the host) and the writers’ objectification of Tyler Hoechlin. I get introducing him as this hot guy for the opening but to keep bringing up his looks/body over and over again was gross and unnecessary.

    I’m the first feminist to complain about the male gaze and how women are perceived and portrayed in the media but to overlook how men/masculinity is portrayed is dangerous too. By the end of Wolf Watch, I was genuinely upset because a) Tyler Hoechlin just seems like a really nice guy and he’s talked about how people notice his body/looks before they notice /him/ before and b) it was just plain gross and tiring.

    I don’t like anyone being reduced to how they look, no matter their gender, and honestly, I’m sick of how the Teen Wolf marketing is all about looks with certain characters, especially Derek.

    1. Yeah its unfortunately what you said is true.Remember this is the same woman Jill Wagner that licked Tyler Hoechlin back in season 1.Not only that but I actually found out that she used to date Tyler Hoechlin year’s ago. Keep in mind he’s 27 and she is 35 years of age. So that’s even more uncomfortable.

  5. Hey Tyler good afternoon and I really don’t mean to get personal about u but I was wondering if you could please contact me at my email address above and also u are my hero of Teen Wolf

  6. And u can also contact me at jesssicajennings68 on Instagram thanks for your time and effort to make me your happiest
    Fan on earth so thanks again and I wish u all the best this season and hope you don’t die because I would go crazyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy

    1. Just so that you’re aware, this is Tyler Hoechlin’s blog. He doesn’t read these comments.

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