’13 Reasons Why’ followers, meet Diego. HL spoke EXCLUSIVELY with Jan Luis Castellanos, who performs the brand new character, about Diego’s arc within the last season, Diego’s seek for the reality, and extra.

There’s a brand new character strolling the halls of Liberty Excessive within the last season of 13 Reasons Why. Jan Luis Castellanos has joined the present for the ultimate season as Diego, one in all Liberty Excessive’s hot-shot soccer gamers and Monty’s former teammate. Like Winston, Diego desires to know the reality about Monty’s involvement in Bryce’s loss of life.

MeSlop talked with Jan Luis forward of the ultimate season’s debut on June 5. The actor previewed that Diego’s arc is a “curler coaster stuffed with feelings,” and he’ll be coping with numerous “rage.” He additionally teased Diego’s quest for solutions, a doable romance, and revealed his ideas on how the present ends.

Diego and Justin have a stare-down match within the last season of ’13 Reasons Why.’ (David Moir/Netflix)

What stood concerning the character of Diego that made you wish to go for that function? 
Jan Luis Castellanos: I believe it was the groundedness of the character. To deliver this character to life, I had to return to my very own highschool traits and habits when it got here to being an athlete, or presumably a meathead, or no matter, after which add my 13 Reasons Why story to it as effectively. Diego was like a private character to me. The story is so grounded and so actual but it’s fictional.

What are you able to tease about Diego’s arc this season?
Jan Luis Castellanos: Diego’s good, I promise. He’s good. He means effectively. All of us have our variations as characters. With 13 Reasons Why it’s like a recreation of who can I belief? His storyline is sort of a rollercoaster stuffed with feelings. With regards to highschool, these youngsters are blinded by all this emotion versus considering logically. Diego offers with rage, particularly being a soccer participant. He doesn’t thoughts being a loyal chief or beating someone up. He’s a very aggressive child, however he does have his reasoning behind his actions.

Diego is one in all Monty’s teammates. How would you say that he’s coping with that sudden loss of life of his teammate and pal?
Jan Luis Castellanos: I believe for Diego, it’s like he misplaced a brother. So for him, there are nonetheless some questions that haven’t been but answered. He desires the reality. He’s not an fool. He’s truly fairly sensible and mysterious on the similar time, so he’s in search of one thing. He’s in search of the reality. As Clay Jensen at all times says, the reality will at all times come out.

Within the trailer, we see Diego and Winston interacting, they usually each need solutions about Monty. What are you able to say about their dynamic?
Jan Luis Castellanos: They do in the end wish to search the identical fact, I suppose you’d say. They’re in search of the identical solutions. They each had a reference to Monty. One was like a brother to him and the opposite one was greater than a pal. That’s the place they type of team-up.

Will Diego expertise any romance this season?
Jan Luis Castellanos: That is the place Diego will get caught between two worlds. Does he go forward and be the loyal chief with a divided soccer crew that’s struggling to grasp the loss one in all their very own and struggle for them? Or does he lean in direction of his emotional, grieving coronary heart full of love proper now? These are the questions that he’s actually asking himself.

Diego and Jessica within the last season of ’13 Reasons Why.’ (David Moir/Netflix)

Within the trailer, we do see Diego’s mood when he punches Zach. Will we get just a little little bit of backstory on Diego and the reasoning behind among the issues he does?
Jan Luis Castellanos: I believe we do in the fitting means. Though these tales focus extra on the core forged and going into commencement, I believe we contact on Diego’s backstory — the place he comes from, and the way Monty on prime of your complete plot performed a giant function in the place he’s at present. It was actually cool. As quickly as I bought to set, I simply sat down with Brian Yorkey and we spoke concerning the character. He was so welcoming. Working with somebody like that, it’s a dream come true. We bought to debate the character, and it was good as a result of he heard the best way I spoke and wrote to my talking. It was like we had telepathy within the character, which was very nice. We bought right down to speaking concerning the roots of Diego. Diego is Latino, so we tried to see what layers we may incorporate and produce to life. One factor I needed to ensure occurred with this character was that he was recognized in his personal means. All of us have our private demons lingering inside, and I needed to essentially know the place the autos have been constructed up from, so it was very nice to have Yorkey actually sit down with me and simply divulge heart’s contents to me concerning the storyline and every thing that was happening.

I do know that that is your first season, however are you happy with how the present involves an in depth?
Jan Luis Castellanos: Sure, I’m positively happy. It’s been one hell of a narrative, actually. It’s been very groundbreaking, and also you do have to offer this forged and crew credit score for creating such a narrative. Each story like this ultimately deserves an finish, particularly when it’s an adaptation from a novel that continues to go on. However I believe we’re all very happy with the ending.