A quintessential, millennial, career-juggler — and until recently an executive legal assistant at ESPN International for more than three years — actor/lawyer Lenny Platt makes his debut on ABC’s crime drama “Quantico” this Sunday (10 p.m. ET).
Platt portrays FBI recruit Drew Perales, a new character an Entertainment Weekly article describes as a retired NFL player who’s both charming, ruthlessly driven and always there to help his friends get ahead. “He’s very much a charismatic alpha,” executive producer Jake Coburn said.
The Tallahassee, Fla., native, took a unique path to stardom.
Platt, 31, worked with the ESPN International legal team in New York City from 2012 until the fall of 2015, when he relocated to Montreal where “Quantico” is currently filming. Before joining ESPN International, he worked for The Walt Disney Company in a temporary job as a legal assistant.
All the while, he also pursued acting roles – and succeeded in landing them – inside and outside of the Disney family. After being selected in 2009 for an ABC Discovers: Talent Showcase, Platt won a four-year role on the ABC soap opera “One Life To Live” and appeared in five episodes of the ABC drama “How To Get Away With Murder.”
Platt worked for David Ballantine, deputy chief counsel, ESPN International.
Ballantine said of Platt, who has degrees from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law at New York City’s Yeshiva University and the University of Florida (criminology): “Lenny approaches everything with enthusiasm, positive energy and a can-do attitude. He’s a great guy and while we’re sorry he’s no longer with us in international legal, it’s awesome that another division of TWDC [The Walt Disney Company] can benefit from his signature approach.
“This is an excellent story that has many more chapters to run.”
As Platt explains in the video above, “It’s been fascinating to play a murder suspect [on “How To Get Away With Murder”] and then go back and draft contracts in the real world. . . The reason I got into acting is that I’ve been surrounded by this kind of storytelling my whole life.
“It feels comfortable to be in this company in both my legal work and my acting work.”
Ardi Dwornik and Samantha Baron produced this video.
The Walt Disney Company, ABC Photography, Francine Dozier and Lenny Platt supplied video footage and photos.