Not Okay may center around Danni Sanders, a wannabe magazine writer who is launched into social media stardom after pretending to be a victim of a terrorist attack to cover up a separate lie, but somehow she's not the film's most insufferable character. That award goes to Colin, the Instagram fuckboy Danni is constantly trying to impress. He's the bleached blonde amalgamation of everything wrong with influencer culture, portrayed with the perfect level of cringe by internet boyfriend Dylan O'Brien.
When he was approached for the role, the Teen Wolf star knew exactly who Colin was from personal experience. “When I was on a TV show, they would sometimes have these influencers come to set for promotional things, and I was just fascinated at the characters they put on. It was a Fortnite skin of tattoos, different-colored hair every day, talking with a blaccent even though they're just, like, white kids from suburban neighborhoods, you know?” Though Not Okay is largely satire, O'Brien says Colin couldn't be more real. “Look at Machine Gun Kelly,” O'Brien says with a laugh. “It's just hilarious.”
While O'Brien has left Colin's platinum hair and fake tattoos behind him, they still share one thing in common: verified celebrity status. With 6.2 million followers on Twitter, O'Brien is no stranger to the ephemeral nature of fame. “I was just auditioning out of high school and overnight people started participating in my life in a way that they feel completely entitled to do so,” he says. Still, knowing that his popularity could plummet at a moment's notice doesn't scare the 30-year-old actor. In fact, he finds it “freeing.”
During a round of Inappropriate Questions, Dylan O'Brien spoke to Glamour about social media criticism, the relationship rules he thinks are bullshit, and whether or not Ross and Rachel were really on a break. Enjoy.