12 MIND-BLOWING FACTS ABOUT 13 REASONS WHY
Updated: Aug 3, 2019
1)A LOT OF THINGS HAPPEN DIFFERENTLY IN THE BOOK FROM THE SERIES
If you've read Jay Asher's novel, you probably already know that Netflix made a handful of changes to the story. In the books, Clay listens to all the tapes in one night, Clay's parents are barely in the story, there isn't as much background about the other students, and that cliffhanger with Alex doesn't happen.
2)THERE IS A REASON WHY THEY CHANGED HANNAH'S SUICIDE
While Hannah swallows a handful of pills in the book, she splits her wrists in the bathtub on the show. According to creator Brian Yorkey, they made this alteration with a specific 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.
3)ORIGINALLY HANNAH WAS GOING TO SURVIVE IN THE BOOK
Author Asher revealed that he considered that Hannah could survive her suicide attempt. Because in the books she swallows pills, he thought about having her parents take her to the hospital where she could get her stomach pumped. "Once I realized 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.
4)KATHERINE LANGFORD WAS CAST 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," Langford told us. "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.
5)THE CREW BOUGHT IN PUPPIES TO HELP CAST DURING EMOTIONAL SCENES
"I know there was one scene, I wasn't around, but they had therapy dogs on set," said Dylan Minnette. "There was a puppy per hour. They really tried to help out. The puppies helped."
6)FIVE OF THE SHOWS STARS HAVE BEEN ON GREY'S ANATOMY
While you probably know that Kate Walsh was a regular on Grey's Anatomy (and had her own spinoff, Private Practice, you may not realize that Mark Pellegrino (aka Alex's dad), Wilson Cruz (Dennis), Ajiona Alexus (Sheri), and Dylan Minnette (Clay) have all appeared on ABC's medical drama.
7)GOOGLE MAPS CAUGHT THE CREW SHOOTING THE SHOW
At some point during the filming of 13 Reasons Why, Google Maps took a picture in front of Clay's house (a real home in San Rafael, CA). Dylan Minnette appears to be in front of the house, flashing peace signs at the camera!
8)MINNETTE HELPED WITH THE SOUNDTRACK
"I had a dialogue with [the creator] from the get-go about what songs should be on the soundtrack," he said. "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 favorite 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.
9)HANNAH AND CALY HAVE SAME POSTER IN THE BEDROOM
If you look closely, you'll see that a poster for the indie rock group Arcade Fire is up in both their rooms, a detail that Langford called "kind of cute.
10)THE SHOW VISUALLY CHANGES AFTER HANNAH'S DEATH
Scenes from before Hannah dies are bright and colorful, while scenes after her suicide appear washed out and dark. It's an easy trick to decipher whether something is happening before or after the death.
11)MOST OF THE ACTORS ARE IN THEIR 20'S
The majority of the main characters are in high school, but the actors who play them are almost exclusively in their 20s. The exception is Devin Druid (aka Tyler), who is 19. The oldest "teen" is Ross Butler (aka Zach), who is 26.The guy who plays Ryan is related to a Bachelorette. In real life, actor Tomy Dorfman is Andy Dorfman's Cousin! She memorably starred on season 10 of The Bachelorette.
12)SELENA GOMEZ HAS A PERSONAL TIE TO THE SHOW
Aside from serving as executive producer, Gomez had another reason she wanted the series to be as authentic as possible:she has issues with anxiety, panic attacks and depression. "I was actually going through a really difficult time when they started production," she told reporters at a press event in February. "I went away for 90 days and I actually met tons of kids in this place that we're talking about [with] a lot of the issues that these characters are experiencing.