How Dylan O'Brien Is Handling His Star Status
09/17/2014 AT 12:00 PM EDT
"I'm still on the ground, so I just do my thing," the actor told PEOPLE above the cries of excited fans who greeted him outside the SVA Theatre in New York City on Monday. "It's up to me to keep them grounded, too."
Admirers yelled for photos and autographs from O'Brien outside of the special fan screening of his new, highly anticipated post-apocalyptic sci-fi movie The Maze Runner, based on the young adult novel trilogy by James Dashner.
Starring on MTV's Teen Wolf barely prepared the 23-year-old for his newfound superstar status. He says as long as enthusiasts treat him with respect, he'll do the same.
"I don't like people invading my life though," he said. "If [fans] treat me like a person, then they'll get a great reaction out of me."
Reporting by MAGGIE PARKER