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13 Reasons Why’ New Season 2 Intro Tackles Suicide, Abuse & More

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.

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Katherine Langford Plans to Pivot to Music After Starring In Her First Feature Film Love, Simon

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.”

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13 Reasons Why actor Katherine Langford: ‘I feel lucky to have this platform’

THE SYDNEY MORNING HERALD – Just three short months ago, the world had no idea who Katherine Langford was.

But playing the lead role in the controversial Netflix drama, 13 Reasons Why, which tells the story of teenager Hannah Baker, who takes her own life after sustained bullying at her northern California high school, has propelled Katherine to international stardom.

In the wake of her critically acclaimed performance, the 21-year-old from Perth has garnered six million Instagram followers and appeared on both the Jimmy Fallon and Ellen DeGeneres talk shows in the US.

However it was the loveheart tweet from her idol Lady Gaga that brought home just how big 13 Reasons Why – and Katherine herself – had become. “This woman, this artist, performer, who I love and admire so much, knows who I am,” Katherine says, still sounding slightly amazed. “That’s when I was like, ‘Okay, this is big because she’s seen it. Lady Gaga watches the show.’ ”

By tackling the potent adolescent issues of social media, bullying, rape, mental illness and suicide in an unflinching manner, 13 Reasons Why is very much a show for, and of, the times. Katherine is still digesting the profound impact it has had on viewers, the overnight fame it has delivered, and the life lessons it has taught her.

“I think my story is a bit bizarre,” she confesses. “I don’t think anyone had any idea [13 Reasons Why] was going to be as big as it has been. I feel like it happened for a reason, and I know that sounds silly. It’s definitely been the hardest – but it’s been the best – first job I could have ever asked for.”

When I meet Katherine during her fleeting visit to Sydney earlier this month, she’s dressed down in jeans and a black cord jacket. But even in casual clothes she has a prettiness that is reminiscent of a medieval princess, with her trademark brunette curls cascading down her back, breathtakingly beautiful porcelain skin and clear green eyes that meet yours.

She dips her head in a sort of curtsey when she shakes hands, is quick to laugh, and given to long, thoughtful pauses as she ponders her answers to questions.

Katherine’s own high school experience at Perth Modern, a school for gifted and talented children in innercity Subiaco, was vastly different from Hannah Baker’s. The stress of year 12 exams was as bad as it got for her, although she was aware that slut-shaming and bullying – exacerbated by social media – existed.
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’13 Reasons Why’ Renewed For Season 2 By Netflix

DEADLINE – It’s not official – 13 Reasons Why, Netflix’s adaption of the bestselling 2007 YA book by Jay Asher, has been renewed for a 13-episode second season to premiere in 2018. Season 2 will pick up in the aftermath of Hannah Baker’s death and the start of the characters’ complicated journeys toward healing and recovery.

Executive produced by Selena Gomez, 13 Reasons Why has been a breakout. It was well received by critics and has gotten a lot of attention on social media. Tony and Pulitzer Prize winner Brian Yorkey, who wrote the adaptation and serves as an executive producer on the series, will take the reins as showrunner in Season 2.

Season 1 follows teenager Clay Jensen (Dylan Minnette) as he returns home from school to find a mysterious box with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker (newcomer Katherine Langford) —his classmate and crush—who tragically committed suicide two weeks earlier. On tape, Hannah explains that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Kate Walsh, Brian D’Arcy James, Derek Luke, Brandon Flynn, Justin Prentice, Alisha Boe, Christian Navarro and Tommy Dorfman also star.

The which deals with teen suicide, bullying, drunk driving and rape in graphic detail, has been the subject of active discussion, drawing criticism by some mental health experts who say the show could pose health risks for certain young people, especially those with suicidal thoughts. In response, Netflix amped up its content warnings.

13 Reasons Why is directed by Oscar Winner Tom McCarthy, written by Yorkey, and executive produced by Gomez, Joy Gorman, Michael Sugar, Steve Golin and Brian Yorkey from Anonymous Content, Kristel Laiblin and Mandy Teefey. The series is produced for Netflix by Paramount Television.