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Prune Juice: Justin Prentice


Art Director: Michael St. Michael @michaelstmichael

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Prune: Let’s dive right in. 13 Reasons Why is the most talked about show at the moment. Tell me about this story.

Justin: I can’t believe it’s blown up how it has. It’s based on the Jay Asher novel, also called 13 Reasons Why, which I highly recommend. It’s about a girl who feels compelled to take her own life because of circumstances ranging from bullying to sexual assault. She leaves a set of tapes, and each tape is a reason – 13 reasons – for why she devalued her life enough to take it.

Prune: You play Bryce, talk to me about his character as a whole.

Justin: Bryce is a privileged king pin of the high school hierarchy. He’s from a power family, they’re very wealthy. He’s one of the types that gets whatever he wants and because of that, he feels that he can take whatever he wants. He feels that everything is owed to him just for being who he is, which manifests itself in some very dark ways when it comes to women. He undermines them and devalues them, and feels that they are just his for the taking, which is horrid. That’s who he is.

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Prune: Bryce lacks the realization of his wrongs. What do you think shapes his character and leads him to believe that his actions are OK?

Justin: I think it’s a lot of environmental circumstance. I think it’s probably his upbringing. For me building back story, in my mind his father is very similar if not worse than Bryce is. He’s grown up taking notes from his father and what not mentally, so it’s natural for him to see women as sexual conquests and something that he deserves for being part of the Walker family. He doesn’t see what he’s doing as rape, which it 100% is, but he doesn’t see it as that. In his mind, these women should feel lucky for being with him because he’s Bryce and Bryce is awesome. It’s very interesting and unfortunate because it’s very relevant to what a lot of people go through in this day and age. It’s relevant to the lack of educating and understanding that kids have in terms of sexual assault and what is consent. It raises some pretty good talking points.

Prune: Was it uncomfortable to play a character like Bryce and film such intense scenes?

Justin: Very much so, yes. We all got really close. I was really close to both Katherine (Langford) and Alisha (Boe), they’re like my little sisters. We had kind of a trust built up already, which helped tremendously with filming them, but of course it’s uncomfortable and emotional. We powered through it. Our producers, writers, directors were phenomenal in making sure we felt comfortable and walking us through everything. We talked about camera angles in terms of what would be shot and how it would be shot, so it was a wonderful experience overall.

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Prune: How has this success changed your daily life?

Justin: Occasionally some people come up to me or you get a few sideways glances and fear in people’s eyes. Aside from that, not a whole lot has changed. A few more pictures with people, but I’m pretty low key. I don’t go to a lot of parties or events unless its press for the show, so I guess that’s one thing that has changed – I’m doing more press. For the most part everything is the same, and I’m the same person.

Prune: Bryce is the character fans have the most anger towards. Have you received backlash in real life?

Justin: In person, not yet. Everyone that has come up to me has been super sweet and a big fan of the show. On social media though, yes. You have that barrier to hide behind so people are super vocal of “rot in hell you rapist” and that type of thing, which is encouraging. That means I did my job. I take them all as compliments. My fans will often defend me, so a lot of my comment section is mass warfare of people going back and forth, which is amazing.

Prune: What drew you to this script?

Justin: It’s a very important story. It runs a gambit of relevant issues, there are a lot of key points that can be addressed and hopefully get people talking about these issues more. From suicide to rape to cyber bullying, it addresses a lot of key issues and that was really cool for me. Also, playing a role that’s not me in person is rewarding as an actor, so there was that. Brian Yorkey, Tom McCarthy, and Selena Gomez all being attached was a huge selling point. I was stoked from the get-go, even to audition for it.

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Prune: Did you originally audition for Bryce?

Justin: I did, which I think is uncommon in the cast. A lot of the cast started out with a different role than they ended up booking. My representation read the breakdown for Bryce and they were like “yup, Justin”. Not sure how I feel about that, but I went in for Bryce and I booked Bryce.

Prune: Who do you relate most to in 13 Reasons Why?

Justin: I fall somewhere in between Clay and Tony. I’m a little more outgoing than Clay, but I’m not super suave and cool like Tony, nor do I have a sick Mustang.

Prune: Maybe like Jeff?

Justin: Yeah! Ok yes, maybe Jeff. There we go, that’s a good one. I’ll go with Jeff Atkins.

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Prune: The response for 13 Reasons Why has been overwhelming. Was this reaction expected?

Justin: No, I had no idea. Knowing that Selena Gomez was behind it I hoped it would have at least a little bit of traction and at least a few people would watch it and response positively. I had no idea it would have this level of success. I’m a bit of a hermit, I go out for interviews and functions, but aside from that I’m usually in my house studying. I didn’t know how big of a deal it really was until doing some on-camera interviews and being asked if I could believe how much the show had taken off. They told me it was huge and I had no idea. I’m ecstatic though, I’m thrilled and it’s amazing. It totally supersedes the graphic we were intending.

Prune: The show hits on so many hard topics. While Hannah is suffering herself, Justin is in a negligent household, Courtney is struggling with sexuality, gun violence, etc. Why was it so important to hit these marks?

Justin: At the end of the day, it was a show we were hoping would influence people positively. The more key subject matter that is covered, the wider the audience you’re covering. Someone may not be dealing with sexual assault but maybe they’re struggling with their sexuality, so by covering a wider array, more people can relate to it. It’s amazing and I’m glad that they did that.

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Prune: How do you think/hope this show has affected those struggling with depression or being bullied?

Justin: I hope that they realize that there is hope out there. There is help and help does help. Be it through a guidance counselor or a medical professional, or even just a friend or family member. We hope that some of these issues are brought to light in a different way to hopefully prevent these incidents from happening. For example, a lot of people have in their mind that rape is a super brutal act that happens to someone who is kidnapped, which does happen, but there are many facets to it that manifest themselves in different ways. If someone’s had too much to drink or the person doesn’t say no, but they don’t say yes, and you continue anyways it raises the question of consent and what it is. We hope that we can prevent some of these things from happening.

Prune: Aside from 13 Reasons Why, what show are you hooked on at the moment?

Justin: Yes, and I’m not purposely plugging Netflix, but my most recent binges were The Crown, Black Mirror, and This Is Us. Those were my recent binges. I don’t waste time when it comes to binging, I blow through them so quick.

Prune: Who is your biggest inspiration as an actor?

Justin: There are hundreds, from Daniel Day Lewis to one of the first character actors – Peter Sellers- to Marlon Brando. Anyone who’s really committed to the craft has my respect. Meryl Streep of course can do no wrong, and even when she does wrong it’s beautiful. I don’t think there’s really one particular person.

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Prune: What was it like to work with Selena Gomez?

Justin: It was awesome. It really was. She, her mother, and one of our executive producers had been trying to get this book adapted to the screen for six or seven years now. We’re all in their debt for getting the project out there. It wouldn’t have happened without them and she’s fantastic. She was super helpful; she’d come by set and we’d have dinners and talk about the characters. She’s just the coolest person.

Prune: What is your favorite song to belt out in the car?

Justin: Love You like a Love Song by Selena Gomez. I don’t know. Right now, it’s something country-related. Something from Zac Brown Band.

Prune: Do you have any hidden talents?

Justin: Singing K-Pop (South Korean Pop Music). I would learn the words, but I didn’t know what they meant. I can sing along with the actual words, I had no idea what I was singing, but it’s catchy as hell.

Prune: When you’re not working, what can you often be found doing?

Justin: I play some music in my free time, just for fun. I have an assortment of instruments in my house. I have a couple of guitars, a couple of keyboards, a banjo, a violin. I like to jam out in my free time.

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