On the off chance that you’ve immersed yourself into the deep, dark world of 13 Reasons Why, you’re most likely needing all the data you can assemble about the hit series. The show has hit a nerve with audiences, because of its splendid cast and severely fair narrating. However, there’s so much that we didn’t get the chance to see on screen. We’ve looked through every one of the niches and crevices for the most fascinating goodies about the books, the cast, and the arrangement itself. Here are 10 facts that may shock you!
1. Katherine Langford was cast to play Hannah over Skype
“I didn’t get to see anyone or be super involved in the casting process, but I think Selena and everyone who chose to cast us was so elated,” Katherine told PopSugar. “Particularly for me, I had never done anything before. I got a call saying they wanted me, but we only had 10 days to get an O-1 visa.”
2. Puppies were brought on to the set to help the cast with filming emotional scenes
“I know there was one scene, I wasn’t around, but they had therapy dogs on set,” said Dylan Minnette (who play Clay). “There was a puppy per hour. They really tried to help out. The puppies helped.”
3. Dylan Minnette helped pick the show’s soundtrack
He said: “I had a dialogue with [the creator] from the get-go about what songs should be on the soundtrack. I love that he was so open and it was very much a collaboration. There are so many artists on the soundtrack that I’m so proud of. And Clay’s room is filled with posters of my favourite bands. There are other artists that I would love to have in there, but they aren’t artists that I feel Clay would listen to. You’ll see there are a couple Arcade Fire posters, Bon Iver, The Cure, The Shins, and some other cool things. I wanted to make sure it all felt very real, and I wanted the vibe to be appropriate.”
4. In the book, Hannah commits suicide by taking an overdose
According to the producer Brian Yorkey, the decision to alter Hannah’s way of suicide to slitting her wrists was made with a clear goal in mind: “We worked very hard not to be gratuitous, but we did want it to be painful to watch because we wanted to be very clear that there is nothing, in any way, worthwhile about suicide.”
5. Hannah was originally going to survive in the book
As said above, in the book, she swallows pills, author Jay Asher thought about having her parents take her to a nearby clinic where she could get her stomach pumped, therefore saving her life.
“Once I realised that the message of the story would be stronger [if she died] and that it would definitely be more of a cautionary tale. I felt that was definitely the way to go.”
6. Selena Gomez was originally going to play Hannah
However, she backed out and became an executive producer of the show instead because she said she knew the novel had such a huge fan following, and she wished viewers to be able to view themselves in Hannah.
7. Chris Navarro had to learn to drive for his role as Tony
Christian didn’t know how to drive before he started filming 13 Reasons Why. However, he had to obtain his license so he was able to drive the red Ford Mustang which was seen in the series.
8. Ross Butler was 26 when he filmed 13 Reasons Why
Ross played the role of a 19-year-old high school student Zachery Dempsey. However, he was actually 26 when he filmed the first series.
9. Katherine Langford is Australian
Katherine, who was born in Perth. She was super-excited to get the role to live the American dream during filming. “This may just be me, but I feel like everyone’s dream is to live as an American high school student. There are so many teen films set in America that you live vicariously through them, anyway. But it was totally different. I got to experience, and prom, and cheerleaders… and the Fourth of July! It was crazy.”
10. There’s a clear visual difference between the scenes before and after Hannah’s death
Scenes from before Hannah’s death are bright, colorful and have a warmer color palette. However, scenes from afterward are darker, more washed out and use cooler colors, like blues and greys. It’s an easy way to know what timeframe the scene is from as there are a lot of similar flashbacks in the series.