Following his mother Cyndi Garcia's passing in December, the Teen Wolf star opened up in a raw (and brave) way via his YouTube channel last month about how he's been coping since losing his mom to cancer, and how he hoped his message would give others in similar situations strength.
Just a month later, the 23-year-old actor made his first red carpet appearance following her death at the Paley Festival's Teen Wolf screening/panel discussion in Hollywood Wednesday. He was a ball full of energy, had a smile on his face and hugged every reporter on the red carpet.
We talked to him about the reaction to his video about his mom and his quest to inspire, with Tyler telling us the response has been "incredible."
"I was literally reading some of the comments last night and people were really touched by it...and that's what I wanted," he told us exclusively. "The biggest thing I wanted to convey is that you're not alone. I'm going through some crazy sh*t and these poor kids that are going through the same thing...I just want them to see they're not alone. And I want them to gain something from me, because I'm handling it pretty damn well, and I'm not at times, and I'm okay with that."
"So, I want those kids to see that, take something from it... those comments that they leave are just incredible," he continued. "They're telling me about their experiences, how it touched them, how I'm inspiring to them and it's literally all I could ask for...and my God...I am humbled and I love it."
Tyler added he wants to continue to do "big things" with his YouTube channel, which he said in several videos he wants to use to encourage people to do whatever they want to in life. The thesp added that as far as speaking about his feelings towards his mother's passing, "I didn't know if I really wanted to do it, but I'm so happy I did. It opened more doors for me to be open."
The Teen Wolf cast has also rallied around Tyler this year, with Arden Cho telling us exclusively, "We're a family. It's been a tough season for [Tyler]. He's been through a lot and we all came together the best that we could with phone calls, e-mails, flowers...in a situation like that there's not that much people can do except for be there and just say hey we're here."
"[Tyler's] had such a great attitude," she continued. "He's really been a really good anchor for all of us. The one and two set the tone for the show and they're really great. Posey and Dylan are really fantastic and really lucky to have them."
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