It’s no secret that 13 Reasons Why is the biggest TV show at the moment! With such an important story to tell, nobody would’ve done it better than the show’s brilliant cast. Alisha Boe, Brandon Flynn, Tommy Dorfman, and Michele Selena Ang opened up about working with Selena, their hopes for season 2, and SO much more in their recent shoot with V Magazine. Read interview highlights below and check out the full spread here.
Alisa on Selena: I admire Selena for being transparent about her mental health issues and how she uses her platform to start a conversation and lift the stigma on mental health. She’s genuinely passionate about 13 Reasons Why and she believes in the message behind the show. It’s been a pleasure working with her.
Alisa on season 2: I would love to see Jessica’s road to recovery and justice for Hannah.
Brandon on Selena: Selena Gomez is a beautiful person. She shares so much of herself and I think it helps a lot of people out there dealing with the same things. She is very busy, so my interactions with her during filming were limited, but her generosity and passion are very alive in the project, and that was really important to a lot of us!
Brandon on his favorite part to film in s1: The first episode was so much fun to film! There was a great, new and vibrant energy amongst everyone. Because it was the beginning of Hannah’s story, it was bright and playful and young. Tom McCarthy had amazing ideas and a great eye for the story we were telling and I’m amazed at the journey the show goes on—the way it started and the darkness it ends in.
Tommy on Selena: Selena was, and is, a huge inspiration for me. She challenges me to be more truthful both on set and off. Her courage encouraged me to be open publicly about my own issues with mental health and addiction, knowing that being open about that might help someone else.
Tommy on prepping for the role: 13 Reasons Why was my first professional job out of college, so I don’t have much to compare it to. I will say, I used the skills I learned in school to prepare as much as possible for this show, to create the character, Ryan.
Michele on Selena: Selena has been a benevolent presence since day one on this project. She came to visit set on the last day of filming for Season 1 and it made an emotional day all the more poignant. I’m personally thankful for her advocacy, because it’s not only a big part of why I have my job, but because I think we are starting to see a shift in how we talk about depression and anxiety. She leads by example.
Michele on the importance of the show: It is important because people need to realize that words hurt, that high school really can be traumatic for some kids, and that everyone processes things differently. I really believe it’s helping to alleviate the stigma attached to mental health issues, sexual assault, coming out, and I’m grateful to be able to partake in and observe the movement.