Teen Wolf star Tyler Posey has spent his career trying to make a name for himself as both an actor and a musical artist, but these days, he doesn’t try to do both at once. “I tend to find that if I have my attention on both at one time, I lose momentum on either one,” he tells Consequence. “So I tend to switch off.”
That doesn’t mean crossovers between the two worlds don’t happen — in fact, they’re fairly common for Posey, as someone who landed his breakout role at the age of 18 but has pursued music actively over the years, especially after the original six-season run of Teen Wolf ended.
Acting, he says, has “helped my music career. I’m able to sell out the Roxy because people know me from my acting side.” But, he adds, “I’m starting to build a little bit of leverage on the music side too. As soon as Teen Wolf ended, I went full force into music — I toured the UK, Europe, all over the States multiple times. With that five years [since Teen Wolf ended], I really gained a lot of respect in the music industry, and hit a place where I’d never thought I would be before in music.”
With Teen Wolf: The Movie, it all comes together, as the film-length continuation of the fan-favorite MTV series, premiering today on Paramount+, features his new single “Lemon” over the end credits. “It’s basically recapping the movie feeling-wise — sonically, not lyrically — in two and a half minutes,” he says. “A two-and-a-half-hour movie gets squinched down to a two-and-a-half minute song.”
Posey is a producer on the film, and says that he presented his fellow producers with “four or five” songs for potential inclusion in the film’s end credits. But “Lemon,” he says, “was the only song that I wrote thinking of the movie. The other songs I had written a year or so before, and they just didn’t really fit. But [the producers] were like, ‘This one’s great, this one fits the movie.’ And I was like, ‘That’s cool. Because that’s how I wrote it.'”
While written with the film in mind, Posey says that “Lemon” “really has nothing to do with the movie — there’s certain elements that you can apply to it, but really I just wanted this song to be a mini-movie on its own, where it feels like this little adventure ride.”
This was the first time Posey had written a song intended for use in a film in mind. “It’s the song that closes the ending credits, which I think is one of the most important songs of a movie. And I just did my best to really write it in a way where it keeps the momentum of the movie going — you don’t get bored at the end, you hear the song and immediately you’re like, ‘Yeah, I want to watch this again.'”
Adds Posey, “Whenever I write music, I always think of it cinematically. There’s always a story, it builds and it swells and it crescendos and falls back down, kind of like a movie or a storyline. And so being able to take that cinematic writing process that I already have, and actually apply it to a movie that’s been written — it was really, really, really interesting. And I want to do more of that.”
In Teen Wolf: The Movie, Scott McCall (Posey) may no longer be a teenager, but he is still a (were)wolf. So when supernatural forces emerge which may be tied to the resurrection of Scott’s long-lost love Allison (Crystal Reed), he returns to his hometown of Beacon Hills for an epic showdown that’s also packed with Easter eggs and in-jokes for fans of the series.
“One of the greatest things about this movie is that the fans helped dictate it and brought it back really — it wouldn’t be here without them being so vocal online about bringing it back, and the show has only grown in popularity since it ended,” Posey says. “So this whole movie is basically just an homage to the fans, while also continuing the story. A lot of what we do is just like to say, ‘Hey, fans, we know you’re here. We know that you helped bring this back, and we want to pay our respects and show you how much we love you.'”
This means that writer/original series showrunner Jeff Davis deliberately wrote in a lacrosse sequence, hearkening back to the sport that was central to the original show (as a substitute for the basketball played by Michael J. Fox in the original 1985 film). “It’s a really violent sport. And so that, you know, lends itself a lot to all the stuff that we wanted to pull off with our show — we had a lot of werewolves playing lacrosse, a lot of illegal hits, bones splitting in half. It was the perfect sport for us to showcase on our show.”
It also allowed them to bring back the character of Coach (L. B. Fisher), which Posey said was important because “it wouldn’t be Teen Wolf without Coach, honestly. He was in the first episode, he was in the last episode — it really needs that element.”
Looking forward, Posey is planning to focus for a while on the non-music side of his career, but while “I’m really focused on writing projects and trying to get projects made and acting, there’s still no shortage of music.” The single “Lemon” officially debuts on Friday, January 27th (the day after Teen Wolf: The Movie premieres) and his new album should be released sometime this spring (“I think May, I’m not sure”).
When the album gains momentum, he says, “there could be a tour later in this year, but for the most part, I’m focusing on acting. But I’m going to try to bank music so that while I’m focusing on acting, I can release music. So you’ll probably get sick of me, because there’s always going to be something, whether it’s filmmaking or music out there. That’s kind of my strategy.”
Teen Wolf: The Movie is streaming now on Paramount+. “Lemon” will be available beginning Friday, January 27th.