DW, if sterek had gone canon (probs badly), how do you think it would have affected Dylan and Hoech career-wise, if at all? I go back and forth on this because it seemed like the show ran scared from sterek/bi!Stiles, and it is head-scratchingly odd. Is their bankability tied to their (perceived) heterosexuality instead of their talent? I cannot imagine how their roles on a teen slasher show would have that much impact. Is that really how the real world works for shows and for actors?
I don’t know enough about Hollywood to make a call on that. I would hope it wouldn’t have affected them adversely, but I couldn’t really say.
And I mean, Teen Wolf isn’t that huge. (Certainly not anymore, lol!) I don’t think that playing a gay or a bi character on a niche teenage werewolf show would really impact future bankability at all.
(Having said that, it’s not impossible to imagine a bunch of producers who are looking for the perfect action hero to be going through the shortlist and passing on the actor who played bi, because maybe he’s going to be a harder sell to the action movie crowd…)
I’m also thinking back to Kings, which wasn’t a teenage show at all, but was certainly niche. Sebastian Stan played a gay character. And he seems to be doing okay career wise!Ultimately I think that any anti-Sterek pressure most likely came from a fear of driving away sponsors and getting on some Collective of Christian Moms’ “Think of the Children” list more than any concerns about the bankability of the actors.
All I can say, is kudos Shadowhunters!