Tyler Hoechlin is flying high as TV’s latest Superman

‘7th Heaven’ and ‘Teen Wolf’ alum is now the Man of Steel

Tyler Hoechlin

The chance to play Krypton’s most famous native may be a dream job, but had it come to him earlier, Tyler Hoechlin might have turned it down.

“It’s a big commitment,” he notes, but he ultimately accepted the role he now plays in “Superman & Lois” Tuesdays on The CW (and, in Canada, CTV Sci-Fi Channel). Hoechlin first had the role in recurring appearances on “Supergirl,” then played it in the “Arrowverse” crossovers “Elseworlds” and “Crisis on Infinite Earths” … joined for those by the Lois Lane to his Man of Steel, “Grimm” alum Elizabeth Tulloch.

“When you do series TV, it’s not six weeks, it’s not eight weeks — it’s a majority of the year, and hopefully, multiple years,” reasons Hoechlin, who knew that firsthand from his work on “7th Heaven” and “Teen Wolf.” “I wanted to have time to really figure out what I wanted to do, and to have the freedom to go from one project to another.

“I did that for a time, then everything kind of fell into place around the same time,” the friendly Hoechlin adds. “They were thinking this was something they might actually get done, and I was ready to commit to something long-term again. It just worked out for everybody.”

When Hoechlin started playing Superman, a super-series of his own wasn’t part of the plan. “They just wanted to have a fun salute to the character on ‘Supergirl’,” he recalls, “then it kind of evolved over the years. It’s been such a great experience, I’ve really, thoroughly enjoyed it. And I’ve been really lucky to work with a lot of incredible people along the way.”

Tyler Hoechlin

Birthdate: Sept. 11, 1987

Birthplace: Corona, Calif.

Current residence: Los Angeles

Marital status: Single

Other television work includes: “Legends of Tomorrow,” “Batwoman,” “Arrow,” “The Flash,” “Supergirl,” “Another Life,” “The Sticks,” “Match Game,” “Hollywood Game Night,” “Teen Wolf,” “Castle,” “My Boys,” “Lincoln Heights,” “Grizzly Rage,” “CSI: Miami,” “7th Heaven”

Movie work includes: “Palm Springs,” “Can You Keep a Secret?,” “Then Came You,” “Bigger,” “The Domestics,” “Fifty Shades Freed,” “Stratton,” “Undrafted,” “Melvin Smarty,” “Charlie Brown: Blockhead’s Revenge,” “Hall Pass,” “Open Gate,” “Solstice,” “The Rapture of the Athlete Assumed Into Heaven,” “Road to Perdition,” “Train Quest,” “Family Tree”

Jay Bobbin

Jay Bobbin has decades of experience covering the television and movie businesses, winning Tribune Media Services’ Crown Jewel Award in 2008 for his performance in the company. Over those many years of interviewing and writing, he has spoken with everyone from Robert De Niro and John Travolta to Paul McCartney and Tony Bennett … from Meryl Streep and Julie Andrews to Taylor Swift and Carrie Underwood.

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