For Tyler Posey, hosting Teen Choice 2014 is a natural progression for someone who began acting professionally at age 10.
The 22-year-old star of MTV’s “Teen Wolf,” who is nominated for Choice TV Actor in a Sci-Fi or Fantasy series at the awards that air live from the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles Sunday, Aug. 10, on Fox, is no stranger to the awards circuit, having been a nominee, a presenter and a correspondent.
Now he takes the reigns as a first-time host alongside “Modern Family” star Sarah Hyland, and the Southern California native reports he couldn’t be more at home.
“This Teen Choice hosting is by far the biggest thing I’ve ever done,” he tells Zap2it, “and what’s really cool about it is that just recently I realized that I kind of could make a career in the hosting world. … For some reason, I don’t really have a filter and whatever happens happens. It’s kind of my motto. So I don’t feel any pressure in trying to get everything perfectly right for live TV.
“I think live TV is really fun,” he continues. “There is some pressure to get some things right, so it’s a little nerve-wracking. But the way I approach it is just really mellow and not a lot of stuff to think about. I love it. I think it’s great.”
The two-hour event honors the top icons in film, television, music, fashion and comedy as determined by an online vote.
Jake T. Austin, Chloe Grace Moretz, Hailee Steinfeld, Bella Thorne and Zendaya are among those slated to appear and Jason Derulo heads the list of performers.
Posey, like “Teen Wolf,” is nominated for the fourth time this year (he won in 2012), and he relishes his role as being the leading man on a relatively long-running series.
“I’ve been doing this since I was a little kid,” says Posey, who began his career in such films as the 2002 Arnold Schwarzenegger actioner “Collateral Damage” and the 2003 Jennifer Lopez rom-com “Maid in Manhattan,” “so I definitely know how to operate on a set. And then sometimes when I was a kid, I would see the lead actors of stuff that I was doing kind of do things wrongly in my eyes.
“So I was really excited to be the man and be the lead so that I can be the leader on set and do it right — or in my eyes, how I think it should be done.
“So that has been one of the best experiences of my entire ‘Teen Wolf’ career,” he says. “I love being No. 1 on the call sheet; I love working more hours than anybody else. I just think it’s so cool.”