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Emily   //   July 16, 2020   //   0 Comments   •   Interviews Press

RADIOTIMES.COM – After breaking out in Netflix teen hit 13 Reasons Why, Katherine Langford is back on the streamer for another project – and this time, she’s really taking centre stage.

In Arthurian retelling Cursed, Langford plays future Lady of the Lake Nimue, a magical warrior who leads a revolution against a religious cult – and according to the actor, despite the two dramas differences returning to Netflix was a bit of a homecoming.

13 Reasons Why was my first role and something that I’m so grateful for,” Langford told RadioTimes.com. “And obviously to have that great relationship with Netflix is such a happy coincidence, as they’re the ones who are also responsible for this story as well.”

However, Langford admitted that leaving 13 Reasons Why in its second season had given her some welcome breathing room before recommitting to another lead role, adding that she felt she’d grown and changed as an actor since saying goodbye to Hannah Baker.

I think it also feels nice to have had that breathing room, of closing that chapter two or three years ago, and having the space to do a couple of other roles before stepping into another huge commitment like this series,” Langford explained.

I feel like I’ve grown a lot more as a person, and hopefully more as an actor, and that’s something that I hope I can continue to do.”

Certainly, she seems to think that Cursed – which retells a forgotten chapter of Arthurian myth complete with new versions of Merlin and Arthur – is a chance to push herself even further.

I think this particular project is so special to me,” she told us, “in the sense that it really feels like it’s different to anything I’ve done before.

And it also feels like I’m telling a different story, in the sense that…it’s kind of matured and grown in a way, which I feel I also have as a person.

We really see Nimue go from being this young woman to an adult, really coming into her womanhood. And I think that’s a story or a journey that often isn’t told, or we don’t see much of it.”

Sounds like Langford’s fans might see a very different side of her in her new lead role – and not just because she’s leaving high school behind for Camelot.

Cursed streams on Netflix on Friday 17th July.

Emily   //   July 16, 2020   //   0 Comments   •   Interviews Interviews Photos Photoshoots Press Videos

Katherine Langford is set to slay – Excalibur and all – in this summer’s NetflixTV hit, Cursed. But as GLAMOUR’s Josh Smith finds out, the new L’Oréal Paris global ambassador has had to put in the work to truly feel worth it…

Katherine Langford rose to fame after starring as Hannah, a teenager who took her own life in 13 Reasons Why. The Netflix show didn’t just ignite her career and garner her a Golden Globe nomination, it ignited a new conversation around mental health.

Via the power of Zoom, Katherine sits before me in the living room of her secret European quarantine hideaway after finding herself between her homeland of Australia and the US (Katherine is rightly private about her whereabouts, with a 16.6-million-strong Instagram following) and just after the fourth and final season of 13 Reasons Why has been released. Her look is as relaxed as she is warm; she’s wearing an oversized shirt, with her hair down and just the slightest hint of makeup. She tells me that starting a mental health conversation at such an early part of her career is one of the things she is most proud of, even if at times, it has cost her own emotional health.

I think early on, just having roles that resonate with mental ill-health, was so important. But I’m quite an empathetic person,” the 24-year-old tells me. “I’ve learnt to monitor doing it now because sometimes if I hear someone’s story and they’re crying, I’ll cry with them because I feel that pain. Hearing other people’s stories makes me realise how human we all are. I felt and went through so many things growing up, but you realise all of us have similar reactions as we get older.”

How has she learnt to look after her own mental health I wonder, especially given the swirling conversations around her work? “It’s a journey, babe! I feel like you’re always looking after it and you’re always learning,” she replies. For many of us, the events of recent months have turned that journey into a rollercoaster, and Katherine is no different.

Despite having a new set of plants to “sing and talk to” – including a ficus tree named Eric, after Eric Clapton – Katherine has spent the vast majority of lockdown alone. “I was in need of slowing down, but I went through a couple of ups and downs because it was really overwhelming,” she confides. “At times you feel quite lonely. I just really wanted a hug. I miss hugs.”

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Emily   //   October 26, 2018   //   0 Comments   •   Articles News Press

THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER – The star earned a Golden Globe nomination for her work on the Netflix series.
The sprawling cast of the next Avengers movie is a little bigger than previously known.

13 Reasons Why star Katherine Langford has filmed scenes for the currently untitled Avengers 4, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. Character details were not available, and Marvel Studios had no comment.

Langford earned a Golden Globe nomination for her breakout role as Hannah Baker in Netflix’s 13 Reasons Why, in which she played a high school student who left behind a series of tapes after her suicide. She appeared on the show through season two, but will not return for next year’s third season.

Up next, Langford has booked a role in Netflix’s Cursed, from Sin City creator Frank Miller and Tom Wheeler. The series is a new take on the legend of King Arthur and centers on Nimue, described as a “teenage heroine with a mysterious gift who is destined to become the powerful (and tragic) Lady of the Lake.”

Avengers 4, which opens May 3, 2019, is directed by Avengers: Infinity War filmmakers Anthony and Joe Russo. Infinity War grossed more than $2 billion for Disney and Marvel Studios, and wrapped additional photography earlier this month.

Langford is repped by WME and Brillstein Entertainment Partners.

Emily   //   September 12, 2018   //   0 Comments   •   Articles Interviews Press

DEADLINE – Former 13 Reasons Why star Katherine Langford is returning to Netflix as the lead, Nimue, in Cursed, the Internet network’s upcoming series from famed comic book writer/artist Frank Miller (Sin City) and writer/producer Tom Wheeler (Puss In Boots), which takes on a key character from the King Arthur legend, Lady of the Lake.

Zetna Fuentes (Ray Donovan, Jessica Jones) will direct and serve as an executive producer on the first two episodes of the 10-episode series, based on Miller and Wheeler’s upcoming illustrated YA book of the same name.

Cursed is a re-imagination of the Arthurian legend, told through the eyes of Nimue (Langford), a teenage heroine with a mysterious gift who is destined to become the powerful (and tragic) Lady of the Lake. It is a coming-of-age story whose themes are familiar to our own time: the obliteration of the natural world, religious terror, senseless war, and finding the courage to lead in the face of the impossible.

Miller and Wheeler created and executive produce the series, with Wheeler serving as writer and showrunner. Silenn Thomas co-executive produces.

Wheeler is writing the companion book, with Miller providing full-color and black-and-white illustrations. It will be published in fall 2019 by Simon & Schuster. This is believed to be the first time the same creative team will be writing a book and TV series based on it simultaneously as they get to explore the characters from the book in more detail on screen.

Langford played the lead, Hannah Baker, on the first two seasons of Netflix’s hit teen drama 13 Reasons Why, landing a Golden Globe nomination for the role.

Emily   //   April 11, 2018   //   0 Comments   •   Interviews Magazine Scans Magazines Photos Photoshoots Press

Kat is one of the five fresh faces for Marie Claire’s fifth-annual Fresh Faces issue. Kat is looking gorgeous on the cover!

MARIE CLAIREON 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.”

Emily   //   March 22, 2018   //   0 Comments   •   Articles Press Videos

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.

Emily   //   March 11, 2018   //   0 Comments   •   Articles Press

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.”

Lora   //   August 10, 2017   //   0 Comments   •   Behind The Scenes Interviews Magazines Photos Photoshoots Press Videos

Katherine and her co-star Dylan Minnette talked about how 13 Reasons Why’s popularity and controversy impacted their careers with Variety in new interview and photoshoot. Digital scans have been added to the gallery (thanks to our friend Mouza).


VARIETY – “13 Reasons Why” landed with a bang heard round the internet: The series, about a high school girl who commits suicide, became the most tweeted-about show of 2017 just one month after its premiere, and made overnight stars out of its two leads, Katherine Langford and Dylan Minnette.

It also sparked a national conversation about suicide — and what’s appropriate to be shown on TV.

The actors, who were thrust into the spotlight, faced a crash course in the power and pressure of social media.

“You have an idea of what fame is and what celebrities are like and what acting is like, and you think you can just focus on the work, but in reality, you can’t just necessarily focus on the work because it comes with the privilege and responsibility of having a larger platform,” says Langford. “That’s something that I’ve tried to deal with in a very levelheaded way.”

She points to her Instagram account: It was private at the time the show premiered; now that she’s made it public, the number of followers has jumped to nearly 7 million.

“I like to have moments and periods of life that are expressive and where you can be creative, and I think that’s harder when you have more people that are more aware of you and watching you because if they don’t understand the context and they see a picture of you doing something crazy, then it can get taken the wrong way,” she says. “I don’t think it’s ever something that feels normal, especially as a 21-year-old.”

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Emily   //   June 20, 2017   //   0 Comments   •   Articles Interviews Photos Photoshoots Press

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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Emily   //   May 20, 2017   //   0 Comments   •   Interviews Photos Photoshoots Press

LA TIMES – What is it like to play a teenager preparing to kill herself? At just 20, Australian actress Katherine Langford flew across the Pacific to take on her first major acting job: starring as Hannah Baker in “13 Reasons Why.” The controversial Netflix drama, executive-produced by “Spotlight” director Tom McCarthy, inspired a disturbing Internet meme and provoked furious discussion of its many themes, among them bullying, sexual assault, depression, slut-shaming and teen suicide. Langford’s character has taken her own life, leaving behind 13 cassette tapes to explain why she did it.

Once “13 Reasons” wrapped, Langford quickly slipped into another American role in the forthcoming Greg Berlanti movie “Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda,” which revolves around a gay teen trying to come out on his own terms. Langford — who cites anti-bullying icon Lady Gaga as her biggest creative influence — seems genuinely thrilled to immerse herself in projects with a socially conscious edge. “It’s lovely because you feel like you are part of something that has made a difference,” she says, adding that she hopes “13 Reasons Why” fans “may be a little kinder” to those around them. “Even though it’s just a piece of entertainment, it’s generated conversation that might make people more aware that tiny things you do can affect somebody else in a big way.”

How did your high school experience compare to the one in “13 Reasons Why”?

My high school experience was a lot happier than Hannah Baker’s. I went to a gifted and talented school, so I was surrounded by really interesting people from all different walks of life and I had a really strong friend group. The school was very liberal in that I had freedom. During my study periods I wasn’t being watched by a teacher so I would go to the auditorium and write songs. That’s maybe one of the reasons why I was able to become an actor, because I was given the freedom to do that.

Your character undergoes some very graphic, hard-to-watch experiences. How did you prepare?

Particularly for Hannah’s later scenes, I spoke with a psychiatrist who deals with adolescent development and that helped inform me from a medical and factual point of view. What was really special about the project was the way it was written. These characters are so fleshed out and real that it made it easy for me to relate to Hannah and to understand what she was going through. I feel that we respect the intellect of the audience. Sixteen, 15-year-olds are a lot smarter than people give them credit for.

Kate Walsh and Brian d’Arcy James, who play my parents, also offered me a lot of support. It was like there was an invisible net I was never going to slip through. While we were shooting, it hit home for me: I am acting this, but there are people out there who are going through this [suffering] every day.

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