Of all the characters on 13 Reasons Why, few are as quietly terrifying as popular jock Bryce Walker. The drama follows high school student Clay (Dylan Minnette) after he receives a box of tapes from classmate Hannah Baker, who killed herself a few weeks earlier. On the tapes are the 13 reasons why she decided to commit suicide, each corresponding to a different person at the school. Bryce is a huge part of why she did what she did, and if you couldn't help but feel you'd seen the actor before while watching, you're definitely not alone.
Signing on to play a character as despicable as Bryce can't have been a decision made lightly, but Justin Prentice - who was bullied himself as a kid - has had plenty of experience under his belt thus far in his career. The 23-year-old actor from Tennessee has been in the business since 2008, but was most recently in TruTV's teacher comedy Those Who Can't, where he played a character also named Bryce. Back in 2015 he had a two-episode role as Becky's boyfriend Darrell on Glee, which led to work on Awkward, The Mindy Project, Castle, and iZombie.
On top of standard TV roles, Prentice's résumé also includes longer stints as the voice of Andy on Winx Club: Enchantix and Jaya on The Legend of Korra. In addition to small-screen roles, he's popped up in films like Some Kind of Hate, Me Again, Terri, and Sex, Death and Bowling. Ringing any bells?
The end of 13 Reasons Why leaves a lot of storylines up in the air, especially where Bryce is concerned, so there's a good chance we'll be seeing him reprise the "Frat Boy Darth Vader" character in a second season. On top of that, he has an appearance in AMC's Preacher coming up, as well as a role in a thriller called Brownstone due out sometime this year. Not much is known about his roles in either project at this point, but let's hope he plays characters that are at least a little more redeemable than Bryce.