This beloved "13 Reasons Why" star was actually a bully in middle school
13 Reasons Why has sparked a lot of discussion since its release in late March, due to its depiction of suicide, depression, sexual assault, and bullying. Over the course of its first season, the Netflix series depicted bullying in a wide variety of ways, demonstrating how widespread an issue it really is.
Tony, aka Christian Navarro, recently opened up about bullying, telling PopSugar that he used to be made fun of for being short. Navarro’s experience with bullying is upsetting, but it seems like he really learned from his experience and was able to grow as a person.
The actor revealed that in middle school his method of combatting bullying was something he doesn’t recommend: He became a bully himself.
The actor revealed to PopSugar that bullying was not a good look on him and he changed his ways upon beginning high school as he realized that more than anything he wanted to be liked and people don’t like bullies. He said, “People didn’t like me. Right? If you’re a jerk, people don’t like you. We all want to belong to a community, so I figured the best way to do that was to stop being a jerk. Be nice, start listening to people, be empathetic. It’s worked out for me.”
It’s so true that most people change for the better as they grow up and realize that maybe they weren’t acting in the most positive way. We’re glad Navarro is talking about what it’s like to not be totally proud of your middle school behavior and really change for the better!