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Part of growing up is realizing you learn to love so many people. It’s about forming those relationships and finding what will last forever.

"Everyone’s affected by any sort of fame or minor celebrity. It’s just this weird kind of thing that starts happening. It’s nerve-racking a little. That’s the biggest thing for me is that it’s nerve-racking – the attention that you get that you wouldn’t ordinarily be getting.”

I had no plans on ever being in the public eye or being an actor or any kind of celebrity. I was just, you know, having fun, making videos as a little kid and putting them on the internet. And one thing led to another, and I kinda just hopped into the acting business.

I think it was the best way for it to happen to me because I was filled with so much doubt as a kid. I never deemed this career truly possible in my mind, so being thrown into it really helped because it gave me a lot of confidence that this is something I am meant to do for the rest of my life.

I just happened to step into acting. And now I can’t imagine myself doing anything else.

I moved to California when I was twelve and I got a video camera and made little movies because I didn’t have any friends yet. I would force my sister to make these movies with me—which became my YouTube channel. A girl in my Spanish class found my YouTube videos and showed them to my teacher. At the end of class one day my teacher said, “pack up, movie time,” and she dropped down this screen and put on my videos. I started freaking out. Everyone was laughing and I just ran out. The girl who had told my teacher didn’t understand why I left, and she said, “You’re really funny, you should be an actor.” So that was one of the first times I thought about it.

Dylan O’Brien in the Season Four Title Sequence