From the interview archives.
Actor Ian Bohen is known for roles in The Dark Knight Rises and Pearl Harbour and most recently, Teen Wolf. The series is wrapping up its final season so we took some time to talk to Ian about his experience on the show and what we can expect from his character Peter Hale as it comes to a close. Coming up, you can catch Ian in the modern adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women as Freddy Bhaer and Taylor Sheridan’s Wind River.
What has been your experience working with Jeff Davis on Teen Wolf?
It’s been wonderful to collaborate with Jeff throughout the course of the show. He loves actors and combining the voice of the character with that of the performer. We started speaking each other’s language, and ‘Peter Hale’ became less of a one-note bad guy and grew more into a relatable person – who just happens to be sociopathic.
Teen Wolf has spanned 6 seasons now, what has been your favourite moment from the series?
I think watching Dylan O. play the duality of Void Stiles/Stiles in season 3 was my favorite to watch.
In part 1 of the final series, you are reunited with Stiles and barely survive as you escape the abandoned train station. Is this the last we’ll see of Peter?
I think old Pete might still have some tricks up his sleeve as we finish up.
What will you miss most about this cast and crew?
I’ll miss everyone’s smiling faces that greet you each morning when you get to work. We’ve become family and it’s hard when you don’t get to spend your days with your family anymore.
You’ve also been cast in the upcoming modern adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women. Will this adaption be taking many creative liberties, or will it stay pretty true to Louisa’s original words?
We’re very true to the original story and characters for sure, but being a contemporary retelling, we have to find ways to make the point of a 150-year-old story remain as relevant with the modern audience as it was for it’s original one.
For those unfamiliar with the story, tell us a bit about your character Freddy Bhaer?
Freddy is a catalyst for the main character to continue to overcome obstacles to achieve her goals. He’s noble, honest and I think he’s someone the audience will be rooting for to succeed along with the protagonist.
How are you preparing for this role?
For me the preparation is centered around understanding how this character helps to service the overall story as the writer intended. Staying within that guideline, I round out the person of Freddy with history, wants, motivation and behavioral aspects that I think are interesting.
What do you find most exciting about being part of a new adaption of such a classic story? Do you ever worry that fans won’t be as receptive because it “just isn’t the original” ?
The most exciting aspect is that I have the chance to step into a beloved literary character and have the opportunity to pull it off as intended. Especially since so many respected actors have already done so, I’ve got my work cut out. And no, not at all. This telling will attract younger audiences with its modern ‘tone’ and hopefully entice them to visit the novel and see where it all started.
You also have a thriller coming out this August called Wind River. Who is Evan and how does he play into the story?
Evan is working with the protagonist in the film to help figure out the mystery at the center of the story. That’s the best I can offer without spilling the beans.
Why should viewers flock to the theatre to see this film?
The performances are nomination-worthy, as is the screenplay and the direction. This is a brutally honest and visceral movie that most people don’t have the balls to make anymore. It deserves to be seen in the theatre.
Who was the first actor or film you ever saw that made you want to try out this career path?
When I was a kid, I saw Tom Cruise in Top Gun and that was it for me. I still think he’s pretty damn cool.
You’ve portrayed a lot of very different characters over your career thus far, do you have a favourite role that you always look back fondly on?
Coming off “Teen Wolf”, I think I’m especially fond of the villain, ‘Peter Hale’ and his penchant for violence and the occasional reluctant heroics. He’s the most fun I’ve had so far.
Has there been a role you’ve had that you wish your character was given more development or that when you look back on it now think, “I could have changed this and it might’ve been better”?
I would love to have seen ‘Roy Hazelitt’ in “Mad Men” develop and participate in the world around him in that show. I felt like we were just getting started there.