Starting a new job can be nerve-wracking - not least when some of your first exchanges with your new colleagues involve locking lips in a room full of people.
Thankfully, Deaken Bluman wasn't phased when he joined 13 Reasons Why as Winston William in the hit teen drama's third season, a role which threw him headfirst into romantic storylines with not one but two fellow castmates, Miles Heizer (Alex) and Monty (Timothy Granaderos).
Deaken Bluman for the Attitude September issue (Photography: Collin Stark)
"I was also playing a character, so it’s kind of like a great lie you get to hide behind… it was a good experience."
The rising screen star adds: "I got to know these guys between scenes very quickly by asking them personal questions, like I was some sort of investigator [laughs]. It would open them up, I think.
"Timothy and I are from the same hometown in Kalamazoo, in Michigan — it’s so crazy. We already had an underlying connection [or] relationship because we are from that certain area.
Asked whether he got up to any hi-jinks during any of the show's more intimate scenes, Deaken reveals he gave Timothy a kiss to remember - for all the wrong reasons.
"I did [laughs]! I did it with buffalo wings with Timothy [in] that first scene", Deaken exclaims.
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"He kissed me so hard – when he kissed me it was almost like he punched my face."
"So, we had a break, I went down [and thought], 'I’m going to piss him off a little', I’m going to eat some of these wings, smoke a cigarette, drink a Coke and make my mouth just disgusting.
"It was funny. He had this great reaction... you know, buffalo wings, a cigarette and Coke, it’s kind of a bad mix..."
Well, we'll certainly never watch those scenes in quite the same way again.