It’s no secret that the internet loves celebrity lookalikes, and ever since 13 Reasons Why hit Netflix on March 31, star Dylan Minnette has been getting a lot of attention for his role in… Percy Jackson?
“Online, it’s all the time,” Minnette says of the frequency with which people confuse him for actual Percy Jackson star Logan Lerman. And even in person, Minnette admits that the mistake is happening more frequently. “Everyone’s like, ‘Oh my god, can I ask you something? You were in Percy Jackson, right?’ I’m like, ‘No, different guy.’ But they still know that I’m an actor, and they’ll go, ‘Then what is it?’ ‘Well, it’s nothing that Logan Lerman is in, but…'”
Eventually, Minnette decided to have some fun with the occurrence, which is why he sent out a tweet about it on April Fools’ Day with the joke: “Alright, April Fools; I AM Logan Lerman.”
“Recently I was at the airport, and before I even got on my flight, I got three different Percy Jackson encounters,” Minnette says. “One time, this guy at this music festival would not let me off the hook that I was Percy Jackson. He was like, ‘Quit lying to me, bro, I know you’re Percy Jackson.’ I was like, ‘I swear to God, I’m not Percy Jackson.'”
In fact, he’s never even met Percy Jackson. “I think Logan is awesome and really talented. I think he’s amazing. I’ve never met him, but I’m honored to be mistaken for him, so that’s great,” he says. “I’m in on the joke. From now on, when people recognize me I’ll be like, ‘That’s right, Percy Jackson was a great time in my life,'” he adds with a laugh.
And for the Percy Jackson uninitiated, there is another role Minnette gets approached about every now and then: That time he trick-or-treated for ears on a season 4 episode of Grey’s Anatomy. “I was like two feet tall, and people still somehow recognize my face from 20 seasons ago on Grey’s Anatomy. It’s crazy,” he says. “I haven’t seen it in forever, so when people come up to me, I’m like, ‘How do you remember this? I don’t even remember this!'”
Oh, but we do. See a reminder of Minnette’s memorable (and adorable) guest-starring role on Grey’s, above.
13 Reasons Why is available on Netflix now.