We couldn’t be more excited for the new Netflix series ‘13 Reasons Why’, not least of all because our queen Selena Gomez is executive producer.
“I’m about to tell you the story of my life, more specifically why my life ended”.
Speaking at a Netflix discussion panel yesterday, Selena revealed that it was not an easy decision to get involved in this project due to the heavy subject matter. Jay Asher’s YA novel tells the story of a teenage girl who commits suicide, leaving behind 13 tapes directed at each of her classmates about how their actions affected her decision.
Selena revealed that her involvement in the film was encouraged by her mum, who became the driving force behind this project after discovering the book back in 2009.
Selena herself has also had to deal with her fair share of personal issues, including taking time off last year for health reasons. She admitted that the matters dealt with in the book are very close to her heart and, when asked whether she sees herself in the main character of ‘13 Reasons Why’, she had this to say.
“I’ve had to deal with a lot of these issues that these kids are experiencing on a different scale growing up in the biggest high school in the world, which was the Disney Channel. Adults had the audacity to tell me how I should live my life. It was very confusing for me. I had no idea who I was going to be. It definitely hits home. That’s why I wanted to be a part of this project in any way”.
Selena has always been very candid about her imperfections and one of the things we most respect about her is her ability to discuss these openly in a way which destigmatises these issues for a whole generation:
“I’ve never really wanted to be an unapproachable person. I’ve never wanted to seem like I’ve had it all together, ever. I can’t even tell you how many meet-and-greets I’ve had, and the stories that they tell me. They trust me with what they’re going through because I think they understand that I’m very honest. Whether I like it or not, people have seen my mistakes, and I have to view that as a good thing because they trust me.”
She also addressed the bleak subject matter of ’13 Reasons Why’ in a very frank way:
“I think this is what kids need to see. We’re not going to post things about being empowered because that’s not what people wanna see. Unfortunately they don’t care. They have to see something that’s going to shake them. That’s frightening…. I would do anything to have a good influence on this generation”.
Do you agree with Selena? Are you more attracted to series which tell gritty tragic tales like ’13 Reasons Why’ or do you prefer more empowering positive stories? Do you think we need to be shaken to take on board a message? Have your say in the comments.
You can watch the full discussion around ’13 Reasons Why’ below: