Castellanos was born on September 11, 1995 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. After being raised by his grandparents he moved to New Jersey at 8 years old to live with his mother, step-father & his siblings. He is the oldest out of four. While attending school at Secaucus High School, he always had a gift for when it came to sports & theater including musicals like 'West Side Story' & 'Jersey boys' all while being a State Champion in high school wrestling. During his college years at Saint Peter's University in Jersey City, New Jersey.
Jan Luis has had to overcome many hardships outside of school. Desperately wanting a way out, he found great success in the field of modeling, allowing him to come to Los Angeles, CA, giving him the opportunity to pursue his acting career and put a few campaigns under his belt with brands such as Adidas, Abercrombie & Fitch and even a National Network Commercial for Coppertone USA . While attending the 'New Collective' in LA - an acting studio established by Susan Batson, & coached by Greg Braun, he shortly found great success in the industry. Landing a major role as 'Topher' on Hulu's Original Series, Marvel's Runaways. Topher is a survivor with a dark secret in the comics - he's a vampire not to be trusted. This is a great opportunity for the young newcomer to make his mark as an actor in Hollywood.
Awards and Nominations
|“||I’ve been in high school myself and I know what that time is like. When I was initially cast, I sat down with creator and writer Brian Yorkey who asked me a lot of interesting questions. Later, after we’d actually gotten to work, I started noticing that a lot of the answers that I’d given him were in the script. He also allowed my character to speak a little bit of Spanish, which spoke to the root of where I come from. So I could really relate to my character and I have to thank Brian Yorkey for that.||”|
|— Jan Luis about relating to his character |
- Golden Globe Awards — "Jan Luis Castellanos Joins “13 Reasons Why”" (April 20, 2020)