“13 Reasons Why,” Netflix
In February, Langford’s Instagram account was private and she had very few followers. With a push from “13 Reasons Why” executive producer Selena Gomez, the Australian actress jumped into social media full force — and now has 6 million followers.
“The social-media support has definitely been overwhelming, but not in a bad way,” Langford says. “I like the idea that it’s affecting so many people and they’re able to share their stories because of it.”
The water-cooler teen drama about Langford’s character’s suicide — which ranks as the most tweeted about show of the year — has also come with its fair share of controversy.
“Everyone is going to react to the show differently depending on their own personal context, and every response is valid,” Langford says of the response to the show, both good and bad. “We cover so many serious issues that are relevant to so many people, so I’m glad the show has been able to open up discussion for people to talk about things.”
As for her newfound fame, Langford, who will also star in the feature film “Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda,” in addition to the second season of “13 Reasons Why,” admits the newfound attention has been an adjustment, but she considers Gomez as a good role model.
“I don’t think anyone fully realized how big the show would be,” she says. “Selena has the greatest following on Instagram, yet she is still one of the most down-to-earth, genuine, and generous people you’ll ever meet. I’m a stickler for integrity, but I feel it can be a lot of pressure when suddenly millions of people know who you are. It’s nice to see it can be done.”
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