We met up with Christian Lee Navarro, who plays Tony in Netflix’s most talk about show “13 Reasons Why”, for a quick round of our POP Quiz. Check it out.
1. What gets you up in the morning? As I’ve gotten older I’ve realized that the only true motivation is self-motivation. It doesn’t matter what else gets you up and ready to face the day, if you aren’t happy with the man staring back at you when you brush your teeth at 6am before a twelve-hour shoot, you’re not going to be very happy. So for me, these days, I’m trying to be better than the day before. Learn more. Listen more. Speak less. That’s what gets me out of bed, the endless pursuit of self improvement.
2. Your biggest virtue? The virtues my father instilled in me at a young age have proven infinitely useful. Patience in all things. A relentless ambition. an unrivaled work ethic, and this above all else, kindness. I’ve become more and more amazed every day at how true it is, if you treat people with respect and fairness they will do the same and you’ll attract the best people and projects and experiences.
3. Your biggest vice? I’m a cinephile, so film and TV is my vice. Sometimes I’ll disappear and my friends will ask where I’ve been but they know the answer. In a House of Cards induced retreat, or an Avengers fueled escape. And of course, I love great food and good conversation. Much rather spend an evening in with friends then out with strangers.
4. Do you have a party trick? In college I had a few, but now a days I let the pros do the tricks. I just stand back and clap with the rest of the party.
5. How would you describe your style? My style is inspired by the two greatest men in my life. My grandfather Jose Juan Sr. was the kind of man who wore a suit and tie to the grocery store. He owned one pair of jeans and he used them to garden. He was the embodiment of style. And my dad Lee followed in his footsteps. I learned early on that for me, nothing is more appropriate or comfortable than a tailored suit. My dad always said dress for the job you want. So I’ve been a “CEO” for years and years now. When I’m not in a suit I enjoy casual style with comfort above all. You CAN look great and FEEL great too without having to compromise your comfortability.
6. What would constitute a perfect day for you? First, a cup of my grandmas coffee. Then an hour in the sun with whatever book I’m reading at the time. A stroll through Central Park. Brunch with my best friends. Then a double feature at my favorite movie theater in NYC. And drinks with my best friends after all that. You can’t beat quality time with the people who love you most.
7. What would your very last meal entail? NYC Pizza, from Yankees Pizza in the Bronx.
8. Three people—dead or alive, real or fictional—that you’d like to invite to dinner? James Dean, Robert Downey Jr. And my daddy.
9. Turn ons? Intellect. Activism. A sense of family. And I’m a sucker for beautiful eyes. Windows to the soul and all that jazz.
10. Turn offs? Irresponsibility. Bigotry or bias of any kind. Injustice. And girls who talk about their exes on the first date.
11. Tell us a secret. I once tried to steal a gondola in Venice, Italy with my best friend Justin Hofstad. I failed, hurt my ankle, and had to hobble the rest of the way back to our very quaint hostile.
12. Your favorite quote? “Doubt thou the stars are fire; Doubt that the sun doth move; Doubt truth to be a liar; But never doubt I love.”-Hamlet, Shakespeare
13. An embarrassing moment? I once misspelled the simplest word in a spelling bee in front of my whole middle school. I was so confident going into it I had talked about how I was going to run the game. Then I lost on a stupid word. Can’t remember what the word even was but I remember that embarrassment. Now I watch Jeopardy with such conviction. I guess some stuff always stays :)
14. Your proudest moment? Watching my dad and mom as the credits rolled at the “13 Reasons Why” premier in Hollywood. I saw in their eyes a bit of calm. That meant the world to me. Going into this business there is no guarantee you’ll ever make it. And once you do, there’s no guarantee you’ll stay on top. So to be able to give them and my grandparents and my friends that moment, it meant the world to me. It’s me saying to them “You’ve done a good job getting me to this point, and I didn’t make it easy, but I got this from now on guys.”
15. Could you tell us more about some of the projects you are working on? Hopefully we will be going back into production for a potential season two sooner rather than later. The cast, like the rest of the world, is waiting anxiously for that Season 2 pick up. Ultimately, in still in the grind of promoting season one and trying to talk to as many people about sexual assault awareness and suicide prevention as I can. Besides that, I filmed a little gem in NYC with Melissa McCarthy and Richard Grant coming out next year. And I’m very much looking forward to the next few months. I love telling stories, and I’m excited to be able to do a lot more of just that moving forward.