Katherine Langford responds to '13 Reasons Why' controversy

scandal 15/05/2017

"I feel really proud of the way we covered it and the way we showed things."

Katherine Langford (who plays Hannah) has responded to all the controversy surrounding 13 Reasons Why, and her words are seriously powerful and inspiring.

She sat with with Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show, and spoke out for the first time about her feelings towards it all.

"Of course there's controversy. I think things like these instigate discussion, which is the important part," she said.

She continued: "And I think we cover so many important issues in the show that are going to affect people differently depending on their own personal context.

"And I'm like everyone's feelings are valid, so I'm not going to tell anyone to feel anything differently, but personally being directly involved in the show and seeing the thought and consideration that went into it...

"Also being a young adult, playing a young adult and covering issues that are relevant, I feel really proud of the way we covered it and the way we showed things.

"The other cool thing is, when Netflix says, 'Yes we made this piece of entertainment', and there was a focus on trying to show it in a way that served justice to message in the book."

She went on to say that she herself is making a proactive effort to speak out about the issues and spread the word about groups that can help teens going through tough times.

"But then what they also did is I feel like they've taken responsibility in the aftercare," she continued. "So we have a 30-minute Beyond the Reasons, which plays straight after 13, there are trigger warnings on nine, 12 and 13. And for me personally, I kind of take that upon myself.

"My Instagram following has just grown exponentially, and I pretty much put the links to 13reasonswhy.info and the organization itsonus.org – I put their links in my bio. Because I figure if one in 10 girls watch that out of five million, you're going to hopefully help a lot of people."

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