Max Carver Explains Shirtless ‘Teen Wolf’ Charity Calendar + New Season Of Show [Interview]

Photo: (Doug Inglish)

Photo: (Doug Inglish)

Have you ever said to yourself, “I wish I had a calendar of shirtless guys from ‘Teen Wolf,” and I’d make the world a better place by staring at it”? Time to get psyched because Max and Charlie Carver have made it happen!

Yup, the hunky twins and “Teen Wolf” stars have created a new campaign, Reflect it Back, and they’re releasing MIRROR: A Calendar for Social Good for 2014. The calendar has shirtless pics of Tyler Posey, Tyler Hoechlin, Colton Haynes and, of course,  the Carver twinsies themselves.

+ Watch a behind the scenes video from the calendar shoot.

The money raised goes to different charities, but there’s a special focus on helping people with Cystic Fibrosis. This is a cause near and dear to Max’s heart, so he told MTV Act more about the calendar, why this cause matters, and why your mind will be blown with  the new season of “Teen Wolf,” premiering on January 6 at 10/9c!

ACT: Congrats on the calendar! Why did you and your brother decide to raise money for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation?

MAX: Thank you! We are all very touched by the amount of support and interest in the project so far. It has been amazing! We go online to read what fans have to say and their involvement and responses have been very moving. This project is really about getting people involved. We want to work with our fans to make a positive change.

While we plan on giving to a number of charities, we decided to start the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation because a number of us involved with the project have friends or family who have been effected by Cystic Fibrosis. JR Bourne, who we work with on “Teen Wolf,” has spent a lot of time raising awareness and money for those with Cystic Fibrosis. It’s a cause he is very passionate about and he was the first person to make us aware of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and the kind of work they do.


Photo: The twins looking dreamy in denim. (Getty)

ACT: You said on the site that it’s a cause dear to your heart. Can you elaborate on that more?

Personally, I had a close friend with Cystic Fibrosis. I won’t ever forget how he handled himself. In the face of extreme challenges and very harrowing circumstances, he maintained a positive outlook and was just very dignified, even in his suffering. I vividly remember spending time with him as he got treatment and struggled with the disease, and in spite of that, he always had a smile and was adamant about maintaining his quality of life and positive spirit. He was inspiring. Giving back to those with Cystic Fibrosis is in memory of him and others who we have had the pleasure of knowing.

While there is no cure, Cystic Fibrosis is so close to being a liveable disease. There is a lot of hope. Where we are with treatments today was unthinkable 30 years ago. We want to improve the quality of life for those suffering with this disease and contribute to finding a cure.

ACT: Why is the campaign called Reflect It Back?

MAX: The name Reflect It Back comes from the idea of not only giving back but also seeing yourself in someone else. Empathy is the starting point for creating a community and taking action. It’s the impetus for creating change. This whole project is about communication and community. We hope that we can get fans involved and make a positive difference for social good together.

ACT: How was shooting the calendar? What was the vibe like on set?

MAX: Shooting the calendar was a blast. I mean, we were all already friends, so we knew we were going to have a good time. We had the privilege of working with an amazing photographer, Doug Inglish, who is just the sweetest guy on the planet. A couple of us had shot with him before, so going in, we knew the quality of his work. We knew he could make anyone look fantastic and we already knew each other. That makes for a pretty lax shoot. Any sense of self-consciousness was left at the door. There was nothing really to worry about! Caution was thrown to the wind and we just focused on having a damn good time and making something cool.


Photo: (Doug Inglish)

ACT: Do you have advice for your fans on how they can raise money for an issue they care about?

: I think the main thing is to find something you care about. A cause. I think it starts with others. Who do you look up to? Who do you want to help? Start in your own community.

Once we had something we really cared about, we needed to do something about it, and that required creativity. Fortunately, there are so many ideas and models already out there. A lot of inspiration.

Getting anything off the ground is going to require a little bit of risk. That risk starts with sharing the idea. We could have never pulled this project together by ourselves. We had to reach out to friends and then to our fans. Sharing the idea itself was a risk, but we knew the reward would be worth it.

So whatever platform you have — use it. Share with your friends. Get involved. Go online. There is nothing stupid or shameful about wanting to help others. Share what you care about. Most importantly, make a beginning. Just get started and the rest will fall in to place.

ACT: We are soooo excited for “Teen Wolf “coming back in January! Can you share any hints on what fans can expect?

: Oh, man. This season of “Teen Wolf” is going to surpass anything you have seen on the show before. The world of Beacon Hills has been forever changed. In the finale of season 3A, we saw a sort of portal being opened. The Nemeton. Well, all I can say is that the opening of that portal changes all the rules. This second part of the season is far more psychological. It’s tough to differentiate between what’s real and what’s imagined — and that’s terrifying — to have no point of reference. I think fans are going to be shocked by what we pulled off this season and I can’t wait to see the final product.

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