MARIE CLAIRE – ON HOW FILMING 13 REASONS WHY AFFECTED HER:
“It takes a toll emotionally and physically…Even if you’re not going through these things, you have to evoke it. It’s hard for your body to discern.”
ON HOW SELENA GOMEZ ENCOURAGED HER TO CONNECT WITH HER FANS VIA SOCIAL MEDIA:
“I want to be able to talk to them in a way that is helpful. But I need to give myself the time to be who I need to be.”
ON THE BEST PART OF GOING HOME TO PERTH, AUSTRALIA:
“I like going out in outrageous costumes and weird makeup. Being in the public eye, you get robbed of your anonymity, then if people take photos of you dressed a certain way, it suddenly becomes your image. The wonderful thing about going home and having balance is that you gain freedom over yourself again.”
TV INSIDER – As one of the most provocative shows of 2017, 13 Reasons Why tackled hard-to-talk-about subjects in a brutally honest way, and now Netflix is openly acknowledging its impact with a new intro.
The streaming service conducted a study commissioned by Northwestern University’s Center on Media and Human Development that surveyed teens and parents about the show’s impact. In a post on the service’s blog, Netflix VP of Original Series Brian Wright shared results of the study, revealing that 71 percent of teens found the show to be relatable.
Other stats include: More than 50 percent apologized to peers for the way they’d previously treated them, and almost 75 percent said they try to be more considerate to others after the show. Nearly 70 percent of parents would like the cast to speak candidly on how to get support, which is what lead to the show’s new intro, featuring stars Dylan Minnette, Katherine Langford, Alisha Boe, and Justin Prentice. And over 50 percent of parents are looking for more resources, prompting Netflix to launch 13ReasonsWhy.Info.
The intro will be played before episodes, both as a warning to and show of support for viewers.
“13 Reasons Why is a fictional series that tackles tough real-world issues taking a look at sexual assault, substance abuse, and more,” Prentice addresses the audience.
“By shedding a light on these difficult topics, we hope our show can help start a conversation,” Langford continues.
“But if you are struggling with these issues yourself, this series may not be right for you, or you may want to watch it with a trusted adult,” Boe warns.
“And if you ever feel you need someone to talk with, reach out to a parent, a friend, a school councilor, or an adult you trust, call a local helpline or go to 13ReasonsWhy.info,” Minnette concludes.
The series, which focused on Hannah Baker’s (Langford) suicide—and the consequences leading up to and following that event—stirred up controversy for it’s blunt depiction of sensitive topics. Netflix also released that the second season will have an after show featuring experts, the cast, and educators equipped to handle the heavy topics.
Yesterday (March 13), Katherine attended the Love, Simon special screening at the Westfield Century City. Katherine looked beautiful wearing a Stella McCartney dress, Jimmy Choo shoes, Ana Khouri earrings, an Anita Ko ear cuff, and rings by Ana Khouri and Beladora. More photos to be added soon, be sure to follow us on twitter: @katlangfordfan!
W MAGAZINE – Katherine Langford had a breakout 2017 when she appeared on the Netflix screens of teens across the nation as Hannah Baker in 13 Reasons Why, a controversial TV adaptation of the novel of the same name, produced by Selena Gomez.
Langford’s gripping portrayal of the bullied high school student earned her a Golden Globe nomination for what was her first TV job, and now she’s making her big screen debut in the coming of age tale Love, Simon as Leah, the best friend of a 17-year-old high school student named Simon (played by Nick Robinson) who is gay and struggles to keep his identity a secret from his friends and family.
“To go from my first job which was a TV show and into my first film which was Love, Simon, it just feels like a very natural progression but also something I feel very fortunate to be a part of,” Langford said at the film’s premiere on Thursday in New York. “I didn’t choose 13 Reasons Why or Love, Simon with any social agenda but they are pieces that I feel very grateful to be a part of.”
Echoing Langford’s sentiments on the carpet was co-star Alexandra Shipp, who recently became the first black woman to be Max Mara’s “Face of the Future”; in the film, she plays another member of Simon and Leah’s crew, with a feisty disposition and an open attitude towards her friends. “Looking at this next generation… I’d like to think that we’re becoming more and more evolved, and more supportive of each other, rather than keeping it all white, heterosexual male protagonists,” Shipp said. “I think there’s a real tide that’s changing.”
Even though Love, Simon and 13 Reasons Why may share some themes that overlap in the realm of teen drama, Langford acknowledged that she was “very conscientious” in choosing a role that would reflect a sensitive take on the genre. “I think there are some very obvious differences between the show and the film,” she said. “But the one thing I feel does kind of connect them is that authentic approach, and that want to respect the intellect of the audience and to tell a story truthfully.”
Wary of the potential pressure of following up her lauded performance in 13 Reasons Why, Langford is determined to be patient and fastidious when it comes to choosing her next screen projects. The Love, Simon star also plans to enter music mode until her upcoming science fiction film Spontaneous is released near the end of the year. “In the next few months for me I’m taking just a second to hone my skills and to write some music because fundamentally that’s where I come from,” she said. “I want to take risks and challenges, and wait for a piece that inspires me like these two have.”