Alternative Career Path: 6 Young Hollywood Actors Who Are Also Indie Artists


Dylan Minnette, Finn Wolfhard and more who pull double-duty.

For those who are loyal viewers both Netflix and late night talk shows, you might've spotted a familiar face delivering an enthusiastic performance as the musical guest on May 8's episode  The Late Late Show With James Corden. Dylan Minnette, who leads the “Pictures Girls”-serenading indie trio, Wallows, has reprised his role as mystery-solving Clay Jensen for season two the Netflix original drama, 13 Reasons Why.

Just in time for Friday's (May 18) premiere the new season, Billboard has rounded up just a few up-and-coming music groups that feature some Young Hollywood's most coveted starlets. Check out these under-30 favorites who steal the show both on screen and on stage.

Dylan Minnette – Wallows

While the aforementioned three-piece are fresh f the release their major label debut, Spring EP, Wallows — also comprised co-frontman Braeden Lemasters and drummer Cole Preston — are over a decade in the making. Now just 21, Minnette and company deliver a unique blend pop-rock that feels both classic and modern, taking prominent influence from alternative mainstays like The Strokes and Vampire Weekend and giving it a refreshing twist. The band floats on a spectrum between the bouncing riffs “Pictures Girls” and the acoustic heartbreak jam “1980s Horror Film.” No matter which side the band's next round material veers toward, Minnette is destined to lead the forthcoming generation indie rockers alongside Wallows just as strongly as he's destined to become one his own generation's biggest names in acting.

Finn Wolfhard – Calpurnia

The endearing, rough-around-the-edges crooning that leads this Vancouver four-piece belongs to none other than Stranger Things and IT star Finn Wolfhard. The 15-year-old's ensemble, Calpurnia, have the least expansive catalog among this list, but fans their first three singles “City Boy,” “Louie” and “Greyhound” don't have much longer to wait before the garage rockers unveil their debut EP, Scout, this June. Along with the musically precocious childhood friends who comprise his band (Ayla Tesler-Mabe, Jack Anderson and Malcolm Craig), Wolfhard puts forth a mighty effort to prove he can rock on and f-screen.

Nat Wolff & Alex Wolff – Nat and Alex Wolff

Yes, that Nat and Alex. The same brother duo who penned songs about tween heartbreak and resenting school on Nickelodeon's The Naked Brothers Band from 2007-2009 are no strangers to the big screen as late. Nat, now 23, is perhaps most recognizable for his back-to-back roles in John Green film adaptations, starring alongside Ansel Elgort and Shailene Woodley in The Fault in Our Stars as well as opposite Cara Delevigne in Paper Towns. 20-year-old Alex has garnered unlikely success in the realm non-fiction dramas by portraying one the Boston Marathon bombers in Patriots Day, as well as a close companion  one the country's most infamous serial killers in My Friend Dahmer. Regarding music, the pair proves they've still got it through the acoustic and piano-brimming indie pop tunes their latest EP, 2016's Perfect Places. 

Joe Keery – Post Animal

For enthusiasts Chicago's DIY rock scene, Post Animal was a well-known name even before 26-year-old Joe Keery started kicking demogorgon butt on Stranger Things. While Keery's portrayal Steve Harrington might've ushered in a new wave Post Animal fans, their fame is well-deserved regardless. Their debut full-length, When I Think You in a Castle, is a goldmine nostalgic psychedelic rock influences that will continue to stand the test time. Despite the viral fame associated with them, Post Animal are absolutely more than capable standing on their own — and thankfully so, considering Keery's “work obligations” that have prevented him from joining the band for live performances as late. Full-time members Dalton Allison, Jake Hirshland, Javi Reyes, Wesley Toledo and Matt Williams pack a collective punch with their individual talents regardless.

Zoe Kravitz – Lolawolf

Okay, so maybe music was in Zoë Kravitz's destiny, considering her legendary father Lenny. But rather than rousing, retro rock 'n' roll, the 29-year-old Kravitz crafts a left–center mix R&B and electropop along with producer Jimmy Giannopoulos under the name their duo, Lolawolf. Kravitz has had her schedule pretty full lately, starring in HBO's hit drama Big Little Lies, but Lolawolf lives; the pair released their latest single, the simply sultry “Baby I'm Dyin,'” last December. They've yet to reveal clues regarding their next studio album, but it seems moody club tunes from Kravitz aren't out the question for the near future.