Brandon Larracuente made a big splash in 2017. The young actor was on two Netflix series (Bloodline and 13 Reasons Why), in a Netflix movie (Bright starring Will Smith), a show for AwesomenessTV called Versus and a little movie called Baywatch starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Zac Efron. By anyone’s standards, he had a great year, but I really wanted to know was how did he get his start and what’s next.
Like so many others, Brandon’s passion for performing was evident as a child. He started singing in church which then lead to him be cast in an opera at a local theater at only 4 years old! Interestingly, Larracuente is coy about singing. Although he can sing, he keeps his talent relegated to the shower. This was a recurring and unexpected theme for Larracuente, who in high school was a baseball player and upon landing the lead role in the school musical Grease opted not to take the role out of concern for what people may think of him. Luckily, he overcame his trepidations and is well on his way to major stardom (this may even mean that we get to hear him sing one day).
Brandon’s big break came when we he landed the role of Ben Rayburn on the Netflix series Bloodline. Along with his family Brandon had moved to Florida and found out that he booked the role the night before his first day of shooting – which meant he and his dad had to drive 6 hours to the Florida Keys so that he could start shooting. For his first time on set, Brandon too young to know that he was working with some Hollywood heavyweights like Kyle Chandler and Sissy Spacek until his dad pointed it out. By his own account, Brandon grew up on the show and credits it with launching his acting career. However, he credits 13 Reasons Why with catapulting him into the spotlight. Despite the relatively sudden fame, Larracuente is taking things in stride and savoring every experience knowing that it could all disappear just as quickly as it arrived.
Brandon admits that there have been challenges to his newfound fame, especially on social media. Before becoming so recognizable, he didn’t think much about what he posted. But now, knowing that he has so much influence on a young generation he’s a lot more conscious of what he puts out there for people to see on social media. At the same time, one of the things he enjoys most about the recognition is hearing the stories from 13 Reason Why fans about how the show has helped them and how they can relate to his character.
So what’s next for Brandon Larracuente? For now he’s going to keep grinding and focusing on his craft, but one day he may return to the theater or release a fitness series. The possibilities seem endless and he is certainly doing his best to make the most out of them.