The reason Clay Jensen from “13 Reasons Why” decided to quit acting

The reason Clay Jensen from “13 Reasons Why” decided to quit acting
The reason Clay Jensen from “13 Reasons Why” decided to quit acting

Minnette, who began her career at the age of eight, found a new source of satisfaction and creativity in music. (Credits: Netflix)

Play Clay Jensen in the popular Netflix series 13 Reasons Why highlighted the talent of Dylan Minnette in the face of criticism. Although he was considered an emerging actor with a lot of potential, the young man who began his career at the age of eight decided to pause his career in front of the cameras to focus on another passion: music.

Speaking to the radio program “The Zach Sang Show,” Minette explained her reasons for making that risky choice; The main one was that his work as an actor had stopped giving him satisfaction.

“I was lucky to find success in [la actuación]”Dylan stated. “I was in 13 Reasons Why and it was really popular. “It definitely reached a peak in my life.”

Dylan Minnette explained that acting began to feel like work and stopped being fun and inspiring to him. (Credits: REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni)

But it was also starting to feel like work. And I was in a very fortunate position. “It was always fun for me, always very inspiring, but then it started to feel like just a job,” he expressed.

With this in mind, he preferred to concentrate on his rock band, Wallows, group he formed with Braeden Lemasters and Cole Preston. “I feel like I’m in a place now where I can do this for a while and try to take it as far as possible,” he said. “But that’s only going to happen if I put 100 percent of my time and energy into it, and take it very seriously.”added the 27-year-old vocalist and guitarist. “This is a real band. “We’re going to do real band stuff.”

13 Reasons Why It was the highest point of an extensive filmography. Prior to the Netflix production, the actor debuted in 2005 with a small role in the Nickelodeon sitcom, Drake & Josh. Minette then went through several television series such as Prison Break, Awake, lost, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.. and scandal.

Then, in 2017, came the golden opportunity in the series based on the young adult novel by Jay Asher. This drama told the story of a teenager who leaves a series of tapes explaining the reasons behind her suicide. Minnette’s performance as Clay Jensen, the main character who navigates the pain and mystery surrounding the death of her friend, was applauded by critics and well received by the public.

Dylan preferred to concentrate on his rock band, Wallows, formed with Braeden Lemasters and Cole Preston. (Credit: REUTERS/Andrew Kelly)

However, despite the success in this field, the actor felt a strong call towards music with the band he had formed in 2011 under the name The Narwhals. It is in that space that he says he has found a new source of creativity. “I’m following what feels natural and inspiring”Minnette stated.

His last appearance in fiction was in 2022, in the film screamwhere he played Wes Hicks, and in the miniseries about Elizabeth Holmes, The Dropoutwhere he played Tyler Shultz.

For now, the young artist does not rule out an eventual return to the screen. In the same interview, he revealed that he had considered returning to acting last year, but the context coincided with the SAG-AFTRA strike, which caused him to postpone his plans.

Dylan believes that, after all these years of hiatus, he has once again felt the desire to rediscover acting. “I feel like I’m starting to feel inspired for that again.. At some point, when we’ve fulfilled our obligations to Wallows and we’re all ready to take a break as a band, then I will have the perfect inspiration to do something”, he indicated.

 
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