According to 13 REASONS WHY star Katherine Langford, the show has been a great start to her acting career.
Deadline recently interviewed Katherine Langford, who plays Hannah in the recent Netflix hit 13 Reasons Why. Throughout the interview, the new star talks about her acting career, the filming process, and working with Oscar-winning director Tom McCarthy.
The more I talk about it, the more I love the show, and the fact that I got to be a part of it. 13 Reasons Why was the first real job that I’ve had, and I think it was the best first show I could have ever done, but also, in a lot of ways, the hardest—purely because of the journey that Hannah goes through, and the magnitude of the show itself. Being a lead for the first time, and moving overseas, and overcoming those hurdles.
Langford also addressed the controversy that has decorated media since the show’s release.
As a young adult, playing a young adult and covering these issues, which are so relevant, I feel proud of the work we’ve done. I’ve seen the thought and the care in making the series, and I feel like we did what we aimed to do, which was to tell the story in the most authentic way possible.
What I’m also proud of is there have been measures in aftercare, which is something that Netflix and the show didn’t need to do. It’s a testament to the vision that the creators had for this show, to tell it in the most authentic way possible, but then also recognize that it could have a significant impact.
To account for that, there are several links that we share. We do a 30-minute Beyond the Reasons, kind of debriefing after Episode 13. There are trigger warnings, and there are articles. Even making the show, we talked to a number of healthcare professionals to get their professional opinions on not just what would be helpful, but also what rings true in the script.
That’s my standpoint. I feel proud of the series, but I also understand that when you do a show that covers really serious, personal and relevant issues, there’s going to be a difference of opinion. I think that difference of opinions and discussion is the important part, and it’s where the show makes a difference, being able to talk about things and share opinions, and the reasons why we think that way.
I think every opinion is valid because we’re all different, and we all watch the show with our different personal context.
It’s very interesting to hear the perspective of someone who had a lead role in the show! Read more of Katherine’s detailed interview on Deadline.