A lot of the actors on 13 Reasons Why are fairly new to ~the industry~, which isn’t surprising, because they’re mostly very young. It is, however, impressive that these young actors, including the star Katherine Langford handled such heavy material so well. We can imagine it would be incredibly difficult content to portray, especially if it’s your first major show! Some of the kids, like Christian Navarra aka Tony, did a series of guest spots on shows like Law and Order and the Tick before landing a meatier role in 13 Reasons Why. Brandon Flynn (Justin Foley) has only one other credit before he found himself on the popular new Netflix show!
Some faces more than others tugged at our memories as we were watching, so to save you the pain and endless googling, here’s a list of the actors from 13 Reasons Why who you might recognize from other shows and movies.
Dylan Minette, aka Clay Jensen
You may not have even made the connection, but in addition to a handful of smaller roles in other movies and shows leading up to his leading role in 13 Reasons Why, Dylan Minette was Jerry Grant Jr. on Scandal!
Miles Heizer, aka Alex Standall
Miles Heizer also used to play a kid on one of our other most beloved shows — he was Drew Holt on Parenthood, Sarah Braverman’s son.
Kate Walsh, aka Hannah’s mom
Kate Walsh was Addison on Grey’s and later Private Practice, so we loved seeing her killing it in another show.
Steven Weber, aka the Principal
We’re not sure whether we feel more certain that the principal is secretly even because Steven Weber played the Green Goblin in Spiderman or because he played Vaughn du Clark in iZombie.
Derek Luke, aka Kevin Porter
You might recognize him from Empire, where he was Malcolm, Cookie’s love interest for a hot second. Dating Taraji P. Henson and nabbing a leading role in one of the most talked about shows so far this year? His life is just not that bad.
Amy Hargreaves, aka Clay’s mom
Fans of Homeland will recognize her as Maggie Mathison, so Amy Hargreaves is definitely big on badass characters, going from Homeland to playing a tough, but compassionate, lawyer.
Keiko Agena, aka Mrs. Bradley
And, of course, our forever fav — Keiko Agena was obviously the unforgettable Lane Kim from Gilmore Girls. We love seeing her get more roles because she’s amazing, but she’ll always be Lane in our hearts.
We’re not surprised that 13 Reasons Why was so good — they definitely had no shortage of talent.