The 13 Reasons Why actor played D1 soccer at Michigan State University.
To get into character, Timothy Granaderos has to completely transform his personality on the Netflix show 13 Reasons Why. Montgomery de la Cruz (aka Monty) is one of the show’s bullies—and Granaderos plays him well. So well that his fellow cast members started a hashtag #TimIsNotMonty to remind viewers that the Portage, Michigan, native is just doing his job: acting a part.
Physically, Granaderos has more in common with Monty. The latter is a high school baseball and football player and while Granaderos played both sports growing up, his athleticism peaked in college. He was a walk-on for Michigan State University's soccer team and played all four years.And while these days he focuses more on following soccer rather than playing it himself, he still emphasizes the importance of fitness. “It helps with my mindset,” he says. “In this industry, I get a lot of ups and downs and if I find out some bad news or I’m stressed, I work out.”
Keep reading to learn more about Granaderos’ athletic background, his affinity for screamo music, and the Netflix show that he binge-watches (that actually brings him to tears).
See how he trains using soccer-inspired drills here.
Photography by Sara Swaty