Born on October 11, 1993, in Miami, Florida, Brandon Paul Flynn has been making waves in the world of acting since his debut in 20161. Known for his role as Justin Foley in the Netflix series “13 Reasons Why,” Flynn has also appeared in productions such as “Home Movies,” “BrainDead,” and the horror movie “Hellraiser” (2022)1.
Early Life and Career
Raised in Miami, Florida, Flynn attended the New World School of the Arts during his high school years. In 2016, he graduated from the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University in New Jersey with a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts1. His first role was at the tender age of ten, playing Mr. Smee in a musical version of “Peter Pan”1.
Before his breakthrough role in “13 Reasons Why,” Flynn acted in various commercials and films, playing a reporter for CWW’s “FL Kidcare Health,” the principal on “Sirens,” and Sid on “Lost and Gone Forever.” He also participated in 11 plays, including “Much Ado About Nothing” and “The Crucible.” In 2016, he was cast as Mike the Intern in “BrainDead,” and the following year, he played Luke in the off-Broadway production of John Kander and Greg Pierce’s musical “Kid Victory” at the Vineyard Theatre. In 2018, he joined the third season of “True Detective” as Ryan Peters in a recurring capacity1.
Flynn’s acting portfolio continued to expand as he made his feature film acting debut in 2020 with the dark indie comedy “Looks That Kill.” He portrayed a high school student whose physical appearance causes the death of anyone who looks at him. The same year, he had a recurring role as Henry Osgood in the television series “Ratched”1.
Personal Life and Advocacy
Flynn is openly gay, and his personal life and advocacy work often intertwine1. Flynn rose to fame playing the bisexual character of Justin Foley on the Netflix teen drama “13 Reasons Why” for four seasons. The show courted controversy, especially with the fate of Flynn’s character in the 2020 series finale. Flynn’s character, Justin, died suddenly from AIDS complications after recently contracting HIV, a storyline criticized for being wildly irresponsible considering the advancement of HIV meds and the typical progression of untreated HIV to AIDS2.
Flynn came out as gay in 2018 and has since been involved in short relationships, including one with singer Sam Smith. Rumors also linked him to “Game of Thrones” and “Eternals” actor Robert Madden, although neither party ever publicly confirmed the status of their relationship2.
Recently, Flynn has been seen flaunting his fit physique in Calvin Klein’s Pride 2023 campaign, titled “Let It Out.” The campaign visuals featured Flynn showcasing the brand’s Pride-themed boxers and briefs bearing the words “This Is Love” across the waistband. Accompanied by Underworld’s iconic 1996 hit “Born Slippy (Nuxx),” Flynn sauntered through various stages of undress as he modelled more of the collection.
The 2023 “This Is Love” collection celebrates freedom of expression through vibrant pieces designed for versatility and style. Flynn was not the only notable figure in the campaign# I need to confirm whether Brandon Flynn is Jewish as it seems to be conflicting with the information we found about him supporting an LGBTQ+ organization.