Where You've Seen The Cast Of '13 Reasons Why' Before (Without Ever Realizing It)

On March 31, 2017, Netflix released the teen drama 13 Reasons Why. The show centers on the suicide of Hannah Baker. The teenager gives her friend Clay Jensen a series of tapes that reveal all the reasons why she killed herself. On May 18, 2018, Netflix released Season 2 of the drama, despite the controversy surrounding the series. There are also plenty of other shows like 13 Reasons Why that handle these heavier themes.

Most of the 13 Reasons Why cast is young, but that doesn't mean they weren't working before the Netflix hit. If you’ve watched the popular and controversial show, some of the actors will definitely look familiar. 

What popular ABC drama did Dylan Minnette (Clay) appear on? What recent teen movie did Katherine Langford (Hannah) star in? And on what TV show did we see Miles Heizer (Alex) cry all the time? 

  • Katherine Langford Played Simon's Best Friend In 'Love, Simon'
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    13 Reasons Why Role: Hannah Baker

    Hannah Baker serves as the show's narrator as she reveals the reasons why she killed herself. 13 Reasons Why was Katherine Langford's first major role, and she had previously only appeared in shorts.

    Since her breakout performance on the Netflix series, she's been in the comedy movie Misguided and the hit film Love, Simon. Langford is set to star in the sci-fi fantasy movie Spontaneous.

  • Dylan Minnette Played The President's Son On 'Scandal'
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    13 Reasons Why Role: Clay Jensen

    The show is told from Clay Jensen's perspective as he listens to all of the tapes Hannah sends him. Dylan Minnette has an impressive filmography as an actor. He played Jerry Grant, Jr. on the ABC drama Scandal, was one of the lead characters in the film Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, and had a recurring role as Clay Norman on Saving Grace. The actor also had minor parts on Lost, Men of a Certain Age, Awake, and the film Prisoners

    Minnette is not only an actor, he also plays guitar and sings. His indie trio band Wallows appeared on a May 2018 episode of The Late Late Show With James Corden. He formed the band with two friends he grew up with.

    • Age: 26
    • Birthplace: Evansville, Indiana, USA
  • Brandon Flynn Played An Intern On The Political Satire 'BrainDead'

    Brandon Flynn Played An Intern On The Political Satire 'BrainDead'
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    13 Reasons Why Role: Justin Foley

    Justin Foley is on two of Hannah's tapes and is the first and the ninth reason why she committed suicide. Brandon Flynn started acting in 2016, where he appeared in one episode of the political comedy series BrainDead. Additionally, Flynn was cast to star in the third season of Nic Pizzolatto's HBO crime drama True Detective.

    In 2017, singer Sam Smith confirmed he was in a relationship with Flynn. The pop singer admitted that he had a boyfriend during an interview with Ellen on The Ellen Degeneres Show. Since then, the couple have been spotted together publicly and often appear on each other's social media accounts. 

  • Kate Walsh Was McDreamy's First Wife On 'Grey's Anatomy'
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    13 Reasons Why Role: Olivia Baker

    Olivia Baker is Hannah's grieving mother in the Netflix series. TV audiences most likely remember Kate Walsh from her role as Dr. Addison Montgomery on the ABC medical drama Grey's Anatomy. The character so popular she spawned the spin-off drama Private Practice, which ran for six seasons. Walsh also appeared on several other television series including Fargo and Bad Judge

    • Age: 55
    • Birthplace: San Jose, California, USA
  • Ross Butler Played Archie's Nemesis On 'Riverdale'

    Ross Butler Played Archie's Nemesis On 'Riverdale'
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    13 Reasons Why Role: Zach Dempsey

    Zach Dempsey appears on Side A, Tape 4 on Hannah's list of the reasons why she killed herself. You may have seen the Singapore-born Ross Butler on the CW series Riverdale, where he played Archie's rival and school bully Reggie Mantle. Unfortunately for Butler, his commitment to 13 Reasons Why forced the producers of Riverdale to recast the role of role.

    "We love what Ross did with the role of Reggie [this season], but because of his commitments to other projects, we couldn’t use him nearly as much as we would have liked,” explained Riverdale creator Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa. Charles Melton (American Horror Story: Hotel and Glee) was recast to play Reggie for Season 2 of Riverdale

    Butler also appeared on the TV series Chasing Life, Teen Wolf, and K.C. Undercover. The actor can also be seen in the thriller Hacker's Game Redux and the DC Comics superhero movie Shazam!, which is set for a 2019 release.

  • Justin Prentice Played Reba's Son On 'Malibu Country'
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    13 Reasons Why Role: Bryce Walker

    Bryce Walker is a jock who co-captains the football and baseball team. He is also the 12th reason why Hannah commits suicide. Walker, who rapes both Jessica and Hannah, is definitely the villain of the series.

    Justin Prentice received a lot of Twitter hate for the role but knew how important the sexual assault scenes were to get right. “It was an emotional scene and an important topic. We felt we owed it to rape survivors. It’s our responsibility to tell people how terrible this is. I can’t even imagine what these girls go through, their ordeal,” he says.

    Prentice has appeared on several different television series, including iCarly, NCIS, Glee, Preacher, and Castle. He was also a series regular on the Reba McEntire comedy Malibu Country and the high school dramedy Awkward.