Description: Thirteen Reasons Why, based on the best-selling books by Jay Asher, 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 a group of cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker (Katherine Langford) -his classmate and crush-who tragically committed suicide two weeks earlier. On tape, Hannah unfolds an emotional audio diary, detailing the thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Through Hannah and Clay’s dual narratives, Thirteen Reasons Why weaves an intricate and heartrending story of confusion and desperation that will deeply affect viewers.
Creator: Brian Yorkey
Stars: Dylan Minnette, Katherine Langford, Christian Navarro
Taglines: If you’re listening, you’re too late.
- Christian Navarro had to learn to drive and get his license before filming started to be able to drive the red Ford Mustang seen in the series.
- Jay Asher was inspired to write the book when a family member tried to end their life through suicide. Some of the events that happen to Hannah are events that happened to teen girls in real life. He interviewed his wife and female colleagues for things that were hard or things they have never gotten over.
- Katherine Langford (Hannah) purchased a piano while staying in San Rafael, California during filming. She would play it to help comfort herself between takes when feelings would become overly intense.
- Tony’s (Christian Navarro) cross tattoo on his wrist contains a semicolon, which is the symbol for depression and suicide awareness.
- Kate Walsh did a lot of prep to get into her role. She tried to make her performance as Hannah Baker’s (Katherine Langford) mother as honorable as she could. “I spoke to two parents that had a child that died by suicide and I spoke to a psychiatrist, who deals with family therapists, but particularly with families that lost someone in the family to suicide,” she told E! News.
- Shooting was so difficult, they had therapy dogs visit the set. The series covers many heavy issues, including depression, suicide, and sexual assault, to name a few, so naturally the stars would need cheering up every once in awhile. “I know there was one scene, I wasn’t around, but they had therapy dogs on set. There was a puppy per hour,” Dylan Minnette recalled in a recent interview.