Published on September 27th, 2020 | by Darren Paltrowitz


Jonah Beres On The New Season Of “PEN15,” Career Goals, Creative Influences, Making Music & More

Awesomeness — a subsidiary of ViacomCBS — is a media company aimed towards the global Gen Z audience through its digital publishing, film and television studio divisions. Among the recent successes of Awesomeness is the Emmy-nominated series PEN15, a Hulu Original. The adult teen comedy starring Maya Erskine and Anna Konkle first debuted in February 2019, helping to remind its viewing audience of the pros and cons of a suburban middle school existence in the early 2000s.

Actor Jonah Beres is a cast member on PEN15, which returned for season two on September 18th. Beres portrays the character Brandt, the popular, cool and sort of douchey character who the aforementioned Maya has a crush on. The first episode of this newly-released season is titled “Brandted,” showing that Beres is a central character to the second season of PEN15.

Prior to being cast on PEN15, Jonah Beres had worked plenty within the film and television realms. He made his television debut on Small Shots, as distributed by Netflix. Beres’ other television guest appearances on TNT’s Animal Kingdom, TruTV’s Those Who Can’t and ABC’s Splitting Up Together.

On September 26, 2020, I had the pleasure of speaking with Jonah Beres via Zoom, as embedded below. More on Beres can be found via and

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Darren Paltrowitz is a New York resident with over 20 years of entertainment industry experience. He began working around the music business as a teenager, interning for the manager of his then-favorite band Superdrag. Since then, he has worked with a wide array of artists including OK Go, They Might Be Giants, Mike Viola, Tracy Bonham, Loudness, Rachael Yamagata, and Amanda Palmer. Darren's writing has appeared in dozens of outlets including the New York Daily News, Inquisitr, The Daily Meal, The Hype Magazine, All Music Guide, Guitar World,, Businessweek, Chicago Tribune, L.A. Times, and the Jewish Journal. Beyond being "Editor At Large" for The Hype Magazine, Darren is also the host of weekly "Paltrocast With Darren Paltrowitz" series, which airs on dozens on television and digital networks. He has also co-authored 2 published books, 2018's "Pocket Change: Your Happy Money" (Book Web Publishing) and 2019's "Good Advice From Professional Wrestling" (6623 Press), and co-hosts the world's only known podcast about David Lee Roth, "The DLR Cast."

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