Whether you found the character of Tony gravely annoying or a refreshing voice of morality during Season 1 of ’13 Reasons Why’, there was one thing we as an audience could probably agree on: he was one of the nice guys.
However, the actor who plays the character, Christian Navarro, has revealed that he was far from like that when he was at school. In fact, he was one of the bullies.
“I’m gonna give you the scoop, all right,” he told Popsugar.
“It’s no secret now, especially in light of the MTV Movie and TV Awards, that I’m not the tallest guy. So growing up, I was bullied. In middle school I was bullied.
“But I learned pretty quickly that, if you bully, you don’t get bullied. So I was a bully in middle school. But then I got to high school and cut all that nonsense out.”
“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,” he added.
Looking back on his experience, he feels it taught him a valuable lesson.
“Be nice, start listening to people, be empathetic. It’s worked out for me,” he said,
’13 Reasons Why’ received mixed reviews when it was released on Netflix earlier this year. While some claimed that the show “glorified suicide” and turned it into an act of revenge, others praised cast and crew for opening up a conversation about mental health and trauma that teenagers needed to have.
A second season of the show is set to air in 2018.