Teenage idol, you say? Not only, Dylan Minnette is the Crush of the moment here at TBS, too! Thanks to his nice guy looks, and his lead role as Clay Jensen, student and friend of suicidal teenager Hannah Baker on this spring’s TV show sensation 13 Reasons Why — Hannah was already listed as our WCW — Dylan definitely grabbed the spotlight right now.
Born in Indiana in 1996, he showed an inclination for the showbiz ever since he was a small kid, so much so that the entire Minnette clan decided to move to L.A., to let him pursue his passion as an actor. This move was very successful for the boy, who got his first role at 9, as an extra in Drake & Josh. TV shows have generally played a major role in his career, since he also starred in Prison Break, Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal, Lost — as Jack’s son, remember? — as well as in Saving Grace and Medium, for which he won two Young Artist Awards.
The secret of his success might be in the name of his characters: he starred in Saving Grace as Clay, and his character in 13 Reasons Why, the series that really shot him to fame, is also named Clay. This TV show became cult show already — which was why, since the show was released on Netflix not even a month ago, Dylan’s followers on Instagram shot up from 200k to 2 million, despite his rather limited use of Instagram.
Dylan’s other great passion is music. The actor is a vocalist and guitarist with the band Wallows, who just released their first single, Pleaser. Before 2017, the band was first known as The Feaver, and later as The Narwhals, and they were rather successful in the US: their music was used as a soundtrack for The Hunting Tour‘s second season promo.
And what about his personal life, then? Minnette has been dating another actress since 2014, Kerris Dorsey, one year his junior — the two met on the set of Alexander and The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. Dylan is also very good friends with Tavi Gevinson, former fashion child prodigy, and founder of Rookie magazine.