When 13 Reasons Why was released on Netflix, it became an instant phenomenon. To put it in perspective, upon its release, it became the fastest trending show on Netflix to hit the Twitterverse. Viewers couldn’t get enough of the nail-biting mystery surrounding lead character Hannah Baker’s suicide and the 13 tapes she left in the wake of the tragic event.
The show has been criticized for allegedly glamorizing suicide, which has lead to outrage by some schools and parents. Due to the vocal outcry, the show has become a hot-button topic in society, but that is, of course, only adding to interest in it.
Think you know everything about 13 Reasons Why? Here are some secrets that may surprise you. Hop on over to slide 13 for a truly lovely fact.
13. Puppies Were Brought To Set
Due to the emotional content being filmed with the young actors, it’s said that therapeutic dogs were brought on set to comfort each cast member if they were having a difficult time during filming. Star Dylan Minnette said, “There was a puppy per hour. They really tried to help out.”
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12. It’s A Hit With The Critics
The show isn’t just a hit with audiences; the critics love it too. The Netflix series has received overwhelmingly positive reviews for the way it frames the characters against its dark subject matter, including suicide and rape. The cast, most of whom are barely in their 20s, has also been praised for their powerful performances.
11. Selena Gomez Was Almost Hannah Baker
Singer Selena Gomez was originally supposed to star in the series as Hannah Baker. Back in 2009, Gomez was 17 and was interested in starring in a film adaptation of Jay Asher’s popular book. While it’s a mystery as to why she didn’t stay attached, Gomez did produce the series with her mother.
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10. Director Tom McCarthy Set The Tone
Director Tom McCarthy directed the first two episodes. It’s an odd choice given McCarthy’s history. The director is primarily known for his work in adult dramas like Spotlight, Win Win, The Visitor, and The Station Agent.
That said, it was all about setting the tone for a show that would handle suicide in an adult way but also create an entertaining show.
9. There Were A Ton Of Producers Involved
The show had a ton of producers, including Anonymous Content and Paramount Television, along with executive producers Selena Gomez, Tom McCarthy, Joy Gorman, Michael Sugar, Steve Golin, Mandy Teefey, and Kristel Laiblin. With all of these producers involved, it’s a wonder how the tone of the show was so consistent.
8. The Series Filmed All Over California
In the show, they never reference what state they’re in. The only thing the audience knows about the location is that it takes place in a fictional town called Crestmont. To create this fictional town, production filmed in Vallejo, California, San Rafael, California and Mount Diablo, California, and Mill Valley, California.
7. Katherine Langford Auditioned For Another Character
It’s hard to picture Hannah being played by someone else other than actress Katherine Langford, right? Truth be told, Langford originally auditioned for the role of Jessica. Luckily for her, once Gomez was out, Langford snagged the lead role.
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6. The Inspiration Behind 13 Reasons Why
Author Jay Asher is far from a teen. So what inspired him to write the book 13 Reasons Why? Well, according to Asher he was hit with inspiration when a relative tried to commit suicide. To get inside of a young girl’s psyche, he decided to interview his wife and young women about growing up as teens.
5. Lord Huron Plays A Big Role
The song that Clay and Hannah dance to has gotten a lot of attention for its use during a significant and memorable scene in the series. After the series was released on Netflix, fans wanted to know who the song was by. As it turns out, the song is sung by Lord Huron.
4. The Meaning Behind Tony’s Tattoo
Tony the pseudo greaser is pretty tatted up in the show and for good reason. One of his tattoos is an elaborate cross. If you look close enough, you will see that the cross on his wrist has a semi-colon. It’s an appropriate tattoo because the semi-colon symbol is the official marking for depression and suicide awareness.
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3. Katherine Langford Used Music As Therapy
There’s little out there about actress Katherine Langford, and that’s partly because she only recently made her Instagram public and isn’t on Twitter. So far, she’s keeping a lot of her personal life under wrap. That said, we did find out that she bought a piano while filming in San Rafael. The actress played the piano in between takes to calm herself.
2. Its Unbelievable Rotten Tomatoes Score
As for those positive reviews, the numbers don’t lie. Rotten Tomatoes has scored the show with an approval rating of 91%. This is based on a total of 32 reviews. Overall, the site said of the show, “13 Reasons Why complements its bestselling source material with a gripping look at adolescent grief whose narrative maturity belies its YA milieu.”
1. Listen To 13 Reasons Why
Here’s the best fact of them all! If you loved listening to the snippets of tape Clay was listening to throughout the episodes, there’s a lot more where that came from. Now, thanks to an official website, all of the tapes have been released unedited in full for your listening pleasure.
So all of these factoids considered, it’s obvious to see that the show has hit a peak in popularity. And while every website seems to be writing a ton of think pieces and essays about the show — whether it’s about suicide as a theme or the polarizing response the show has garnered — there wasn’t an influx of facts out there about the making of the show.
Now that we’ve revealed a few of those behind the scenes tidbits you officially know all you need to know about 13 Reasons Why, unless you’re still looking for plot points for the upcoming season 2.
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