Dylan Minnette is an American actor, singer, and musician best known for portraying the character of Clay Jensen in the Netflix drama, 13 Reasons Why. He is also popular for his roles in other movies, including ‘Let Me In’ (2010), ‘Prisoners’ (2013), ‘Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day’ (2014), The Goosebumps (2015), and ‘The Open House’ (2018).
Dylan is quite the multipotentialite and a true artist – he is an actor, singer, and musician. He is currently set to star in the highly anticipated Scream movie, being the fifth installment in the franchise, which has already been scheduled for release in 2022.
From what we have told you so far, you may find that you are pretty well acquainted with the handsome actor’s work. But how much do you know about the actor himself? Find out as we tell you 11 amazing facts about him that you might not have previously known.
1. Dylan Minnette Is The Only Child Of His Parents
The actor was born in his Evansville hometown in Indiana in 1996. His parents are Robyn and Craig Minnette and he is the couple’s first and only child. Shortly after his birth, his parents moved to the state of Illinois and settled in the sweet little town called Champaign.
They lived there for five years before moving to Los Angeles so Dylan could pursue an acting career. A deeper search has revealed that the actor is a cocktail of different ethnicities, including English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh, and even German ancestry!
2. What Is Dylan Minnette’s Age?
Born on the 29th of December 1996, the 25-year-old actor is quite young for all that he’s achieved in Hollywood and it’s a wonder he hasn’t even hit 30 yet. What is even more impressive, however, is that he began acting when he was only 12 years old. He made his on-screen debut playing young Charlie Sheen in the 2003 movie, ‘Two and a Half Men’.
Now 25 years old, Dylan has come a long way, regardless of how young he is. As a matter of fact, Dylan won his very first award when he was just 10 years old, winning the Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a TV Series based on his performance in the drama series, ‘Saving Grace’. The next year, he was nominated for the same award but didn’t win.
3. His Acting Career Has Been Brilliant
Dylan’s climb into the spotlight began after he was discovered by an agent in the city of Chicago when he was seven. The young actor was soon recruited into a modeling agency and scored several professional modeling gigs, before eventually relocating to Los Angeles with his entire family to pursue his dream of becoming an actor.
One of Dylan’s earliest television roles was in an episode of the comedy-drama series, ‘Drake and Josh’. Since then, he’s appeared in several other television shows like, ‘The Year Without a Santa Claus’, ‘The Clique’, ‘Snow Buddies’, ‘Prison Break’, ‘Saving Grace’, ‘Scandal’ and ‘Lost’.
Minnette’s most popular role, however, would be the role of Clay Jensen in the Netflix original series ’13 Reasons Why’, a role he played from 2017 to 2019. Dylan is definitely one of the busiest actors at the moment. He’s young, passionate, and intelligent – every movie director’s dream.
4. Does Dylan Minnette Have A Solo Career?
In addition to being an actor, Dylan is also a singer and guitarist in the American rock band, Wallows, which includes his long-time friends Cole Preston (guitar/drums) and Braeden Lemasters (guitar/vocals). As teenagers, the three young men formed the group which they initially called “Join the Band” together with Zack Mendenhall who played bass. At the time, they were enrolled in the GigMasterz program at Keyboard Galleria Music Center in Southern California.
They subsequently changed the name of the group a few times going by Feaver and The Narwhals at some point before finally adopting “Wallows” in 2017 (now without Mendenhall). In April 2017, the band started releasing songs independently beginning with “Pleaser”, which made it to the second spot on the Spotify Global Viral 50 chart.
In the same year, the group also released Sun Tan, Uncomfortable and Pulling Leaves Off Trees, and dropped their debut EP titled Spring, the following year after they signed a deal with Atlantic Records.
Their first album, ‘Nothing Happens’, was released in the first quarter of 2019. In 2020, the Wallows’ second EP called Remote was released and it featured catchy songs like Nobody Gets Me (Like You) and Virtual Aerobics. All their music can be found on Spotify.
This three-man group has performed at many memorable events, including the ‘Summer Meltdown’, an autism awareness concert in 2010, and at the Vans Warped Tour in 2011. In 2020, the group was nominated for MTV Europe Music Award for Best Push Act and in 2021, they were nominated for iHeartRadio Music Award for Best New Rock/Alternative Rock Artist.
5. What Is The Biggest Award The Hollywood Actor Has Won?
As proof of his exceptional acting talent, Dylan has received a number of awards and nominations since the beginning of his career: They include the following:
- Young Artist Awards (2008) Best Performance in a TV Series – Saving Grace
- Young Artist Awards (2011) Best Performance in a TV Series – Medium
- National Board of Review Awards Best Acting by an Ensemble (2013) Prisoners
Other Nominations Include
- The 2009 Young Artist Awards for Best Performance in a TV Series
- The 2011 Young Artist Awards for Best Performance in a Feature Film (Saving Grace)
- Best Performance in a TV Series (Lost),
- The 2015 Young Artist Awards for Best Performance in a Feature Film (Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day).
6. The Eligible Celebrity Is Not Single and Hasn’t Been For A Long Time
Since his debut on our television screens, Dylan has been romantically linked with only one woman, an actress named Kerris Dorsey. Kerris was born on January 9, 1998, in Los Angeles, California, where she began her acting career in 2005, at the age of seven with the role of Kathy Cash in the film Walk the Line.
Since then, the 24-year-old actress has played many other roles in movies and on television but her best-known roles are in Brothers & Sisters, Moneyball, Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day as well as Ray Donovan where she played the daughter of the titular character. In addition to being an actress, Kerris is also a talented singer. She sang her version of Lenka’s song, The Show, and it was included in the soundtrack of Moneyball.
Just like Kerris, Dylan was also part of the cast of the 2014 movie Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day and it has been reported that they met on the movie set in 2013, playing brother and sister roles. However, even though they played siblings onscreen, they were definitely feeling each other behind the scene.
The duo began dating the following year (in 2014) and have been together since then. They attend events together, walk the red carpet together, and were known to post things about their relationship on social media in the past.
But ever since 13 Reasons Why dropped and their fame picked up, the couple began sharing their relationship online less and less, but that is not to say that they do not sneak their love story into Instagram once in a while. On the 13th of April 2018, Kerris posted a picture of them just from their waist down and captioned it “twins”. In case you are wondering how we know that it was she and Dylan in the picture, this is it…A month before, Dylan posted a picture on his feed that showed him wearing the same pair of yellow Keds he wore in the picture shared by Kerris.
7. He Has Featured In Over 27 Television Shows Since His Debut
Dylan Minnette is definitely a busy actor. The 25-year-old has currently featured in close to thirty television series since he first started out. Apparently, it’s what the actor seems to prefer as he has not been featured in as many movies. Some of these series include pop culture trendsetter shows like Scandal, Lost, Grey’s Anatomy, 13 Reasons Why, and Law & Order.
8. Dylan Minnette Has A Doppelganger And It’s None Other Than Logan Lerman
Dylan Minnette and Logan Lerman are celebrity Doppelgängers – meaning they look very alike. You might remember Logan from playing the titular role of Percy in the Percy Jackson movie series and as Charlie from the movie, ‘Perks of Being a Wallflower’.
Their facial similarity has had fans constantly mistaking one for the other. Both of them are totally unrelated and share no known family ties. However, as similar as both men might be though, there are many other obvious differences. For one at 25, Dylan is four years younger than Logan as the latter is almost 30, having been born in 1992.
9. Dylan Minnette’s Net Worth Is In Millions As He Has Gathered Quite A Decent Amount Of Money From His Acting Career
Someone who began their career at the age of 12 is definitely not one to be trifled with. Dylan’s income has only increased since his family made that fateful move to Los Angeles. For his role in his most popular work, ’13 Reasons Why’, he reportedly earned $80,000 per episode for the first and second seasons.
However, that increased to $200,000 per episode following negotiations before the third season during which he was the sole lead character. It’s not known for sure if he was paid the same salary for the fourth season but if that was the case then he would have earned the sum of $2 million for the last season, making him the highest-paid actor on the series.
Right now, Dylan is said to have an estimated net worth of nearly $3 million, a worthy achievement for any young man of his age. And since he is still very much active in his career, his net worth will definitely continue to grow in the years ahead.
10. The Indiana Native‘s Height Is About 5 Foot 8 Inches
The ’13 Reasons Why’ actor is about 5 foot 8 inches tall. His height is pretty average as he is an inch shy of the average Hollywood actors’ height as well as the average American man’s height which is both at 5 feet 9 inches. This makes the young actor of the same height as other celebrities such as Zac Efron, Kevin James, Gary Sinise, Kanye West, Sean Penn, and Mark Wahlberg among others.
11. The Actor Auditioned For The Title Character In The MCU Movie Spider-Man
During a January 2022 interview with BuzzFeed, the 13 Reasons Why star revealed that he would have played another big role – Spider-Man had it been he made it through the audition. Although Tom Holland clinched the role at the end of the day, Dylan definitely had no hard feelings.
As a matter of fact, he explained why he believes he would not have been the right man for the role saying that he auditioned for it at a time when he was not necessarily seeking it out. According to him, he was not at a point in his life and career where he felt like he was ready to commit to something like that and as a result, he did not give it his best.
Speaking further, Dylan stressed that he thinks Tom Holland was completely the right choice for the role, adding that Tom always would have landed the part as “he was meant to be that part.” The talented actor and musician went on to reveal that Tom is actually his most preferred Spider-Man! According to him, he thinks he is the best Spider-Man.