Much of the attention around Wednesday, The new Netflix series focused on the oldest child of the Addams family, Wednesday Addams, came, well, Wednesday (Jenna Ortega). But the Wednesday look and macabre humor is at its best when there’s someone playing much more normal stuff on the receiving end. That’s where actor Hunter Doohan comes in, who plays a “normie” barista named Tyler.
The city of Jericho—his home WednesdayNevermore’s Academy — finds its residents in one of two camps: outcasts, who have some kind of special power or ability, and “norms,” who appear to be ordinary townspeople. When Wednesday first arrives in Jericho, she finds Tyler in the local coffee shop. The two hit it off quickly (as much as anyone can “harvest” with Wednesday Addams, at least), and he makes her a “quad” — a latte with four shots of espresso.
While there’s a lot to explore from there in terms of this relationship, this is the gist: Wednesday is our dead-eyed goth with some mysterious abilities, and Tyler is the cute boy who can’t help but have a crush on her. . And as good as Ortega is as Wednesday, Doohan’s performance as a more real Tyler helps the show develop its main character into what they really want him to be.
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Which isn’t to say that Tyler isn’t an interesting and fleshed-out character in his own right. Not only do we see his burgeoning relationship with Wednesday, but hints of a troubled home life with his father, Sheriff Galpin (Jamie McShane), and sprinkles of a troubled past with a temper he can’t control.
Doohan is one of the standouts Wednesday Season 1 and here are some things to know about it while you finish or wait for Season 2.
Tyler is played by Hunter Doohan in Wednesday.
Doohan, 28, has been acting in short films and more for over a decade, but his first major credit was as a Confederado scout in a 2018 season 2 episode. Westworld. But before he was an actor, he grew up as a big fan of the addams family, especially the 1994s Addams Family Values. “Christina Ricci, Anjelica Huston and Joan Cusack in that movie are so good!” he said in an interview with EW.
But in this The Addams Family story, he has an idea why his character, Tyler, is so in love with Wednesday. “He finds moments where he’s charmed by the darkness and weirdness of it, as opposed to being turned off like everyone else,” he said in an interview with Pop-Culturalist.com.
You’ve seen him in other shows and movies.
After that first role in Westworld, Doohan’s career has been busy; appeared in an episode of the Netflix series Renée Zellweger And if and Apple TV+ drama the truth must be told but his biggest role came in the 2020 thriller series your honor, where he played the role of the son of a judge played by Bryan Cranston.
Doohan described Cranston as “the nicest guy in the world” in an interview New York Post, and frequently mentioned how big of a fan he was breaking bad-so your honor it was indeed the opportunity for this young actor to work alongside one of his heroes.
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He married in 2022, and Cranston officiated.
Doohan married her husband, Fielder Jewett, in June 2022 and, surprise! your honor father, Bryan Cranston, officiated the wedding. “It’s hard to sum up your wedding day in an Instagram caption… It was absolutely the best day of our lives!” he wrote in his Instagram caption, where observant fans spotted Cranston in one of his presentation photos. “Thank you to everyone who made it so special! ❤️”
Jewett is also in the entertainment industry having produced films such as Pink (with Johnny Knoxville and Tony Shalhoub) and The Disappearance of Sidney Hall (with Logan Lerman, Elle Fanning and Kyle Chandler).
Might come back for Wednesday Season 2.
While those who have reached the end Wednesday might wonder how viable a role Tyler might have in season 2 (we won’t spoil it explicitly, but if you know, you know), the ending gives a pretty clear hint that he might be back again if the writers decide they want him at.
“I think he got away at the end. When I read that on the page, I was so excited. I was like, ‘Come on, don’t be dead, don’t be dead,'” he said in an interview. with The digital spy. “I think he was being controlled by Miss Thornhill and then he had to manipulate Wednesday to carry out his plan. And I think he did a pretty good job with it.”
In an interview with Variety, Wednesday co-showrunner Alfred Gough was more blunt when talking about Tyler at the end of the season: “Yes. Absolutely. He’s there. That’s what we wanted to convey,” he said.
There it is, folks! Start preparing those Season 2 theories.
Evan is the culture editor for Men’s Health, with credits in The New York Times, MTV News, Brooklyn Magazine, and VICE. He likes weird movies, watches too much TV and listens to music more often than not.