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How a lonely childhood, cheeky YouTube videos, and a supernatural TV series prepared Dylan O’Brien to star in September’s big budget movie adventure.

As 4,000 screaming fans fixed their gaze on a microphone in the middle of San Diego Comic-Con’s cavernous Ballroom 20, a young girl approached and cleared her throat.

“Hi! I love you, Dylan O’Brien,” she excitedly exclaimed, already fighting back tears. “Aw, you’re so cute,” replied O’Brien and, with a single compliment, unwittingly triggered a full-blown emotional meltdown: The girl’s knees buckled, her entire body trembled, and her hysterical crying could not be stopped.

“Are you OK?” O’Brien asked, genuinely concerned, as she repeated, “Oh my God. Oh my God. Oh my God,” through a mask of endless tears.

These kinds of uncontrollable breakdowns, reserved only for the biggest stars in the world, have become increasingly common in O’Brien’s life because, for the two million fans who religiously tune into Teen Wolf every week, that’s exactly what he is: a superstar.

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I saw the Liam/Louis Daily Mail article and I wondered what the next story was going to be, and when it would drop… Then it literally just hit me.

They knew the DM article would divide the fans, and their focus would be on that article. The tweets seemed like Liam, but it was another fandom distraction.

What else happened today? We got the Jingle Ball news.

Everyone is focused on the stupid story, you aren’t paying attention to the real one. Your attention was divided by a smoke screen.

The real story of the day is that 1D are doing the Jingle Ball presented by iheartradio and has ties to Azoff.

We’ve got stages, we’ve got crews coming in, Dylan [O’Brien] will be back in a few weeks, we’re building sets, and the script is being written. It’s a bit of a race this time because we’re cautiously optimistic, but we’re feeling excited we’re about to do something that’s way more sophisticated, way more grown up, and really set up a saga here.
—  Wes Ball talking about The Scorch Trials movie.