In our Last Call Q&A series, we take a deep dive into some of our favorite celebrities, from when they were last hit by a star to the last song they listened to. Brandon Flynn is answering our call this week.
You may know Brandon Flynn from his role as Justin in 13 Reasons Why, but his acting career is just getting started. Soon he will star in the comedy “Education” for HBO Max with an all-star cast. He is also filming a new version of the cult horror film Hellraiser.
“Being in Florida, there is an interesting duality. It’s such a beautiful, vast place with beautiful, vast people, with bad politics.”
This Pride Month, Flynn is partnering with Bubly to promote their short film. “Come home.” The film focuses on LGBTQ+ safe spaces and select families and features MUNA’s Naomi McPherson and drag queen Eureka O’Hara. Bubly is also donating $100,000 to the Stonewall Inn Gives Back initiative, which is dedicated to supporting LGBTQ+ places as safe spaces.
“It just feels very important to me and resonates a lot with what’s going on right now… [and the] an unsettling sense of the country, the world,” says Flynn. The actor explains that he first felt the importance of a strange family and a safe space when he went out into the world at the age of 14. school in Miami.
“I was among the people who sang and danced in the hallways and expressed themselves creatively,” he says. “I’ve just always been supported, encouraged and invited to do the same… I’m immensely grateful for having this experience so early.”
Because he grew up gay in Florida and found a safe place in school, Flynn was deeply moved by the news of the state’s “Don’t Say Gay” bill, which would ban discussion of sexual orientation or gender identity in schools.
“Because I’m from Florida, there’s an interesting duality. It’s such a beautiful, expansive place with beautiful, expansive people and bad politics,” he says. “When you think about going to school, it’s a full-time job. You’ve been around for a very long time, and to have legislation that doesn’t really support education or growth, but actually veers the other way, is genuinely disappointing. .”
Something very special for Flynn is that his next two projects are unabashedly homosexual. He starred in the film “Education” with Nick Dodani. In the film, the couple plays a couple who get their parents together to meet for the first time at a rented country house. The comedy’s cast includes Lisa Kudrow, Parker Posey, Edie Falco and Brian Cox.
“It was pretty nerve-wracking the first few days,” Flynn admits, working with so many icons, but he calls them “the most hospitable people.” He adds that, in particular, Kudrow would sometimes cheer him up a bit. “She would walk away after the shot and say, ‘Hey, what did you do, that was really funny,’” he says.
They also joked during filming, which ended in May. “Nick was desperate to play pranks on people, but Nick is so sweet and kind and always prefaces pranks with, ‘Do you like to be pranked?’,” he says. While their pranks were unsuccessful, they recorded a lot of silly Snapchat filters with Falco.
Flynn’s other big upcoming project is a new version of Hellraiser, due for release on Hulu later this year. This is a reboot of the 1987 original. Flynn is a big horror fan, and he’s thrilled that the new adaptation is taking the story’s weird subtext and making it explicit.
Hellraiser is based on a story that is actually a big metaphor for Clive Barker as a private person experiencing BDSM culture,” Flynn explains. “We have to be first at 11 [Hellraiser] films, we are the first film to have gay characters. The High Priestess, also known as Pinhead, is played by Jamie Clayton, a beautiful trans actress. It just feels like the fulfillment of a prophecy and I’m very excited for the world to see it.”
Keep reading to find out what else Flynn has to say about his Parenting co-stars, his favorite songs, and more.
How was the last day of filming “Education”?
There were fears of COVID. It was intense, but it was sad, but we also did comedy, so everyone tried to be happy. It was strange.
Who is the last Parenting co-star you wrote to?
When was the last time you were struck by a star?
What was the last song you listened to?
“Disgusting” by Oliver Sim. He’s going to come up with this new album and it’s so good. The music videos that go hand in hand with this are really powerful.
What was the last album you bought or listened to?
It’s kind of like the repetitive “Jagged Little Pill” by Alanis Morissette.
What is the last photo in your camera roll?
Last night I took a picture with one of my best friends, Dylan. It was his birthday. We were shuffleboarding in Brooklyn.
What was the last show you binge watched?
“Julia” on HBO Max.
What was the last movie you watched?
It’s probably something on the Criterion channel that I fell asleep to.
What was the last thing you bought online?
Vitamin C packets on Amazon.
What was the last thing you did to take care of yourself?
I meditated this morning.
What was the last book you read?
The Unattached Soul by Michael Alan Singer.
What was the last gift you received?
T-shirt on the theme “Education”.
What was the last trip you went on?
I went upstate [to] upstate New York. I just lived in a small farmhouse.
What was the last piece of advice you received that changed your life?
Relax, you’re fine.
Image Source: Courtesy of Brandon Flynn.