Isabel Jones
May 17, 2018 @ 3:30 pm

Like most projects bearing producer Selena Gomez's name, Netflix’s 13 Reasons Why launched last spring and immediately reached cult status. Whether you binged season 1 in three days and salivated for more (*raises hand*) or took issue with the depiction of teen suicide and refused to watch, it seems no one was without an opinion on the controversial series.

When we left off with the show, things had more-or-less played out by the literal book (Jay Asher’s Young Adult novel of the same name). However, the finale introduced a number of added twists that did not appear in the source material, including Alex Standall’s gunshot to the head (suicide or homicide attempt—we don't yet know). 

Season 2 is expected to pick up with the lawsuit the Bakers filed against Liberty High, and the trial that ensues. 

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In addition to delving deeper into the preexisting characters’ backstories and the fallout from Hannah’s death, season 2 will introduce several new players to the Liberty High strata.

Scroll down below to meet the sophomore season’s fresh faces.

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Anne Winters (IG: annewinters)

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Who she plays:
Chloe, Liberty High's head cheerleader and Bryce Walker's girlfriend. 

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How you know her:
Winters played Emma Al-Fayeed through all three seasons of FX series Tyrant. She also stars in go90 series Zac and Mia and Netflix Original movie #REALITYHIGH.
 

Chelsea Alden (IG: chelsea.alden)

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Who she plays:
Mackenzie, Cyrus's outspoken and artsy sister (see Bryce Cass, below). 

Her take on season 1:
“I loved the first season and was already a fan before I joined the cast for season 2. So I was very excited to be a part of the show, because despite the controversy, I heard so many wonderful stories of people being impacted positively by the show as well.”

How her character factors into the 13RW narrative:
“Mackenzie is a student at Liberty High,” Alden tells InStyle. “She has a brother named Cyrus (Bryce Cass), she’s artsy and independent, and likes to make up her own mind about people. You’ll see her interact more with the characters who were affected by Hannah’s actions in season 1 as they try to move forward.”

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Her own personal high school stereotype:
“Probably ‘Theatre geek’ ... I was always doing school plays, and talent shows. I was also very much a goodie-goodie, I loved turning in assignments early and I hated the idea that I might get in trouble.

How you know her:
Alden’s been all over the map, boasting guest roles in high-profile series like American Horror Story, Veep, and Grey’s Anatomy. Later this month, you can catch her in mysterious thriller The Tale, starring Laura Dern.


Allison Miller (IG: allisonemiller)

Who she plays: 
A young litigator named Sonya.

Her take on season 1:
“I binge watched season 1 over the span of a few days because I found the storytelling so compelling,” Miller tells us. “I was floored by these young actors diving into the darkest parts of what it is to be a teenager and the adults in their lives trying so hard to help...I was both thrilled and somewhat frightened by the responsibility that comes with being a part of a show this culturally important.”

How her character factors into the 13RW narrative:
“My character, Sonya, spends most of her time in the court room telling her own version of the events surrounding Hannah’s suicide," says Miller. "Sonya drives the story by allowing those on the witness stand to either agree with or debate her interpretation. She pushes those involved with Hannah’s life to expose things about Hannah and themselves that we didn’t see in season 1.”

Her own personal high school stereotype:
“Misfit. I floated around from group to group, never feeling fully grounded in one identity," she says. "If you mixed Ally Sheedy and Emilio Estevez and Anthony Michael Hall in The Breakfast Club that’s about as close as it gets.”

How you know her:
Allison has held prominent roles in several television series, including Terra Nova (2011), Go On (2013), and Selfie (2014). She’s perhaps best known for her performance in 17 Again, opposite Zac Efron. Next up for the actress is a TV series called A Million Little Things, which features an ensemble cast including Animal Kingdom’s Christina Ochoa and Ron Livingston.


Ben Lawson (IG: bennyvegas)

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Who he plays:
Liberty High baseball coach Rick. 

His take on season 1:
"I was aware of the first season but didn’t really grasp what a huge success it was until I started telling some friends I’d be in it and they flipped out," Lawson says. "To be honest what’s more exciting to me than the controversy of the show is the fact that it’s resonated with so many people, teens especially, and has opened up dialogues that a lot of young people felt they needed to have. High school can be very difficult and I think 13 RW reminds parents, teachers, family and friends just what they’re going through."

How his character factors into the 13RW narrative:
"We saw in season 1 that Mr. Porter was often an opposing force to the students. In season 2, he has learned from his mistakes and is trying to do a better job as school counselor. Coach Rick becomes an opposing force to Mr. Porter in that endeavor."

His own personal high school stereotype:
"Probably Misfit. I didn’t really belong to a clique in school, mostly tried to fly under the radar. It wasn’t until I graduated and went to drama school that I finally felt like I belonged somewhere."

How you know him:
The longtime actor is best known for his role in rom-com No Strings Attached (2011) and his season 2 arc on ABC's Designated Survivor.

 

Brenda Strong (IG: strongbrenda)

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Who she plays:
Nora Walker, Bryce’s mom.

How you know her:
The death of Strong’s Desperate Housewives character laid the foundation for the eight-season series—she also served as the show’s narrator. Most recently, Brenda has held the recurring role of Lillian Luthor in The CW’s Supergirl.
 

Jake Weber

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Who he plays:
Bryce’s father, Barry Walker.

How you know him:
Weber’s no stranger to acting for television—he starred on Medium for the duration of the show’s 7 seasons, playing husband Joe DuBois to Patricia Arquette’s titular lead. Since the show ended in 2011, Jake’s held recurring roles in shows like Tyrant, Hell on Wheels, and Homeland.


Bryce Cass (IG: brycecass)

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Who he plays:
Chelsea’s sister Cyrus, a troublemaking teen who befriends reason no. 4, school photographer Tyler Down.

How you know him:
Cass held a role in the 2016 TV movie update of teen classic Cruel Intentions—as did 13RW costars Anne Winters and Samantha Logan!
 

Samantha Logan (IG: _samanthalogan)

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Who she plays:
Nina, a Liberty High track star harboring a secret

How you know her:
In addition to her role in Cruel Intentions, Logan is known for serial arcs in popular shows like The Fosters, Teen Wolf, and General Hospital.

 

Meredith Monroe (IG: meremonroe)

Who she plays:
Carolyn, Alex’s hardworking mom.

How you know her:
Monroe is best known for her role as Andie McPhee in iconic teen drama Dawson’s Creek.
 

RJ Brown (IG: rjbrownjr)

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Who he plays:
Caleb, Tony’s boxing coach, who’s rumored to provide season 2 with some much-needed comic relief.

His take on season 1: 
"This show excels at allowing the audience to face the (sometimes gruesome) reality," Brown explains. "The creative team's choices are defended and grounded in their true beliefs, which was important to me. Once I saw that this team was working from a genuine place of good intentions, with the ultimate goal of awareness and much needed discussion, I accepted the job with pride.” 

His own personal high school stereotype:
"Theater kid, for sure." Having attended a performing arts high school and going on to study theater at the University of Michigan, Brown admits, "I don't think I could escape the theater stereotype if I tried."

How you know him:
RJ starred on The CW’s short-lived Sex and the City spinoff, The Carrie Diaries.

 

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Kelli O’Hara (IG: kelliohara)

Who she plays:
An anti-bullying advocate named Jackie.

How you know her:
Best known for her work on Broadway, the singer-cum-actress's screen credits include a three-episode arc in Showtime’s Masters of Sex and a performance as Mrs. Darling in NBC’s Peter Pan Live!.

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