Tyler Hoechlin distinctly remembers the day he was cast as The CW’s Superman in June of 2016. While driving back from a road trip to Zion National Park with his brother, Hoechlin received an unexpected phone call from his reps just as the pair was passing through Las Vegas. About a week earlier, he had met with executive producers Greg Berlanti and Andrew Kreisberg to discuss the idea of introducing the Man of Steel in the second season of Supergirl—but didn’t know what he was walking into until an hour before the meeting.
“One of my agents called me and said, ‘Hey, I think I might know what your meeting’s about.’ And they sent me this article that they were looking to cast Superman, and I was like, ‘Okay, maybe… Who knows?’” Hoechlin says over Zoom in a recent interview. “I went in and we talked for about a half an hour and got to know each other better. They said, ‘We’re looking to do this. Is that something you’d be interested in?’ And I said, ‘Yeah, sure. Let’s talk about it!’ We just talked about the character, what we found interesting about him, and it was just that one meeting.”
“I found out later through them that, apparently, that was the only meeting they took for the character,” he says with a laugh, “so they apparently saw something [in me].”
After making guest appearances on a bevy of Arrowverse shows, including Arrow, The Flash, Batwoman and Legends of Tomorrow, Hoechlin, who never planned to sign on for more than a couple of high-stakes crossover episodes, discovered that Berlanti and Todd Helbing were developing a new show about Superman and Lois Lane in late 2018. Nearly a year later, Superman & Lois was announced, tasking the famous power couple with their most relatable challenge yet: parenting two teenage boys (among other things in Smallville).
“I always say that it’s not the role that I ever envisioned myself playing, but I think that’s maybe why I’m able to play it the way that I have been,” Hoechlin admits. “It’s been a lot of fun, and thankfully, it’s worked. I grew up with the idea of playing Batman, and I think if I was playing Batman, I’d be very aware that I was playing Batman. So it almost helps in the sense that, for whatever reason, this wasn’t in the forefront of my mind, and it’s made it easier to take on the role.”
FROM THE TIME he was cast more than five years ago, Hoechlin has worked diligently to emulate the Man of Tomorrow’s trademark physique, which he considers “a huge part of the character.” As a former college baseball player for Arizona State and UC Irvine, the 33-year-old says he’s adopted a similar mentality to prepare for his most physically demanding roles, from his early days as Derek Hale on MTV’s supernatural teen drama Teen Wolf to his current portrayal of Clark Kent (and that legendary alter-ego). [More at Source]
“This was one of the rare times where there was no audition,” Hoechlin (pronounced Heck-lin) said of his role on Supergirl as Kara’s more famous cousin. “I had a meeting with the producers and the creator, and I was told it was about Superigirl, but nothing really in detail and then when I got there they mentioned that they were introducing Superman to the show and asked whether I had any interest in talking about that. We just had a great conversation about the character — what we found interesting about him, different themes we’d want to explore with the character if we were to do it, and I think we were just all on the same page. That was a Monday and Friday, we got the call that we were getting the offer and that was it.” [Source]
Becoming Superman is not quite as easy as it looks on TV, according to new “Supergirl” cast member Tyler Hoechlin.
“The character’s always made it look very quick and seamless. It’s a bit of a group effort the first time,” Hoechlin said. “It’s very much like putting on a wet suit. … We got it down to a science.”
The “Teen Wolf” alum joins the CW superhero drama in its second season, showing up in National City go help out his cousin Kara (Melissa Benoist) for the first time on screen. [Source]
I’ve updated the gallery with photos of Tyler during his press day in New York yesterday, check out the photos and under the cut you’ll find some clips of his AOL interview.
The earliest documented mustache dates back to 300 BC in a portrait of a Scythian man riding his trusted steed. A symbol of strength and courage, the reverence towards this hairy upper lip has since been styled and profiled ‘till roughly the end of ’80s decadence and Freddy Mercury. But these aforementioned sentiments have since deteriorated. People now view the mustache in a poor light. The kind of light that hangs in a dingy bar full of skunked IPAs. But have no fear for there is hope in the chevron form of Tyler Hoechlin’s character McReynolds or “Mac,” the all-American slugger in Richard Linklater’s newest film Everybody Wants Some!!
Was there anything you did to prepare yourself for the role, besides growing the amazing cookie duster?
It was really funny, I came home from shooting and my dad hadn’t seen me since I had [the mustache] and I opened the door on Thanksgiving and he looked at me and was like “nope, nope, nope.” He said it felt like he was looking in a mirror. But mentally, [I] was going back and recalling those [baseball-playing] days and trying to remember what the vibe was like with the guys and what the mindset was and allowing that to be molded by Rick [Linklater’s] recollection. [More at Source]