40 Facts Of Popular TV Series : 13 Reasons Why, Which You Don't Know

Facts of 13 Reason Why

Avantika Singh

2 months ago|7 min read


13 Reasons Why is an emotional and exhausting rollercoaster, but will provide you insight into some of the serious issues that teens face, which we take for granted. High on emotions and with a gripping storyline, it has garnered millions of fans who love the show. Today we present some interesting facts about 13 Reasons Why that even the most diehard fans may have missed. Alright, Let’s bring the show on the road.

1)  Based on Book

 13 Reasons Why is based on a book of the same name by author Jay Asher. 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.

2)  Katherine was to play Jessica

Katherine also auditioned, to play Jessica, But that role was given to Alisha Boe.

3) Puppies on Sets

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 played Clay Jensen). There was a puppy per hour.

4) Shows Soundtrack

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.”

5) Dylan’s Bands

Dylan also said: “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 of 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.’‘

6) Different versions of Suicide

In the book, Hannah commits suicide by taking an overdose instead of slitting, her wrists, as shown in the Netflix adaption. According to creator Brian Yorkey, the decision to change Hannah’s method of suicide to slitting her wrists was made 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.

7) Hannah in Book

‘’ Hannah was originally going to survive in the book, Because in the books she swallows pills, author Jay Asher thought about having her parents take her to the hospital where she could get her stomach pumped saving her life.’‘.

8) Emphasis on Suicide

“Once I realized that the message of the story would be stronger [ if she died ] and that it would be more of a cautionary tale. I felt that was the way to go” said the Director.

9) Same Posters

 Clay and Hannah have the same poster on their bedroom walls. If you look very carefully, you can see that Clay and Hannah both have the same Arcade Fire Reflektor tour poster up in their rooms.

10) Selena Gomez

Selena Gomez was originally going to play Hannah Baker, but she backed out and became an executive producer on the show. Instead, she said she knew the book had such a huge cult following and she wanted viewers to be able to see themselves in Hannah.

11) Song

The song that Clay and Hannah danced to is called the Night We Met’. It’s by Lord Huron from their album Strange Trails.

12)  Learn to Drive

Chris Navarro had to learn to drive for his role as Tony. Christian couldn’t drive before he started. Filming 13 Reasons Why, But he had to get his license, so he was able to drive the red Ford Mustang, seen in the series.

13) Colour Difference

There’s a clear visual difference between the scenes before and after Hannah’s death. Scenes from before Hannah’s death are bright, and colorful and feature a warmer color palette. While scenes from afterward are darker more washed out and use cooler colors like blues and greys. It’s an easy way to decipher what timeframe the scene is from as there are a lot of flashbacks in 13RW.

14) Ross’s age

Ross Butler was 26 when he filmed 13 Reasons Why. Ross, who plays 19-year-old high school student, Zach Dempsey was 26 when he filmed the first series.

15) Book’s name

Jay Asher originally wanted to call the book Baker’s Dozen. The Autobiography of Hannah Baker, A baker’s dozen, is one more than a normal dozen aka 13.

16)  Australia

Katherine Langford is Australian. Katherine, who was born in Perth, was super-excited to get the chance 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 different. I got to experience Halloween and prom and cheerleaders … and the Fourth of July. It was crazy.’‘

17)  Tattoo

 The semicolon tattoo, we see Clay getting in Season 2 has a special significance, because it represents suicide prevention as part of Project Semicolon’s, mission.

18) Matching Tattoo’s

Selena and the cast got matching tattoos. Selena, Tommy, Dorfman, and Alisha Boe, All got matching semicolons: tattoos.

19) Book

Dylan Minnette hadn’t read the book before he started filming the series. And as far as we know he still hasn’t. He said he didn’t want to confuse the character in the book with the character in the show. So he didn’t read.

20)  Skye

Skye is played by Sosie Bacon, Who, just so happens to be Kevin Bacon’s daughter.

21)  Bleeding man

Hannah uses a specific nail varnish to write on her tapes. It’s called Endless Blue by Sinful Colors. The artwork in the cafe has a connection to Dylan Minnette’s band. In the second episode of 13 Reasons Why Hannah and Jess ask Alex about a new picture on the wall at the coffee shop. He says it looks like a bleeding Man. Dylan is in a band IRL and one of their songs is called 'bleeding Man’.

22) California

Both seasons were filmed throughout northern California in cities like Sebastopol, Vallejo and more.

23) Audition

Brandon Larracuente, who played the role of Jeff Atkins, also auditioned for the role of Justin Foley.

24) Panic Attack

One of Alisha Boe’s, most difficult scenes to shoot during Season 2 was Jessica’s Panic attack at the mall because people were standing everywhere and `` It was a very emotionally impactful day Overall.‘’

25) Proceeds

Proceeds from the second 13RW soundtrack will go towards The Trevor Project and Crisis Text Line two organizations that offer suicide prevention resources to those in need.

26) Movie

13 Reasons Why was originally supposed to be a movie but to fit in Hannah’s whole story. It was turned into a TV series.

27) Clay

The name Clay is symbolic because he is reshaped and molded by what happens to Hannah and others around him. And the name Hannah is a palindrome to represent the two sides of the tapes she records.

28) Piano

Katherine Langford would play the piano to comfort herself between takes when feelings became overly intense.

29)  The Office

Katherine also watched “The Office” to recover from emotionally and mentally difficult shoots.

30) Dylan’s Character

Dylan Minnette has played a character named Clay, twice: ( Saving Grace and 13 Reasons Why ) and has played two characters with a love interest named Hannah (Goosebumps and 13 Reasons Why ).

31)  Skye’s Character

 The character of Skye is an amalgamation of two people from the novel, A friend of Clay’s and an unnamed cafe waitress.

32)  Ross Butler

Ross Butler starred in the Netflix show ‘Riverdale’. At the same time as ‘13 Reasons Why’. He dropped from the second season of ‘Riverdale’ to focus on’13 Reasons Why’.

33)  Age

Most of the cast is in their twenties. The youngest actor is Devin Druid, who plays the role of Tyler Down and was 19 when Season 1 hit Netflix.

34)  Joy Division

There are multiple ‘Joy Division’ references in the show, such as a poster in Alex’s room and Tony playing a tape by the band in the first episode. The band’s lead singer: Ian Curtis died by suicide.

35)  Previous Shows

Alisha Boe, (, Jessica, ), Ross Butler (, Zach ), Henry Zaga ( Brad ) and Samantha Logan ( Nina ), all previously starred in MTV’s ‘Teen Wolf’, while Dylan Minnette and Kate Walsh, starred in ‘Grey’s Anatomy’.

36)  Book’s Story

The story of the book is based on real events, although it did not end in death. Jay Asher, the author shared that one of his relatives went through a similar situation and endangered his life. He also clarified that Hannah’s experiences were the experiences of his wife and her friends.

37)  Book Rights

Selena Gomez has been involved with this project for a long time. The superstar and her mom Mandy Teefey first discovered the book in 2008 at Barnes & Noble and soon after negotiated the rights with Asher. They’re both executive producers on the series. The adaptation was written by an award-winning writer, Brian Yorkey Pulitzer and Tony award-winning writer of Next to Normal penned the adaptation for Netflix.

38)  Filmed in School

The series was shot in an actual high school. Well, mostly according to Minnette and Langford. In an interview with Pop Sugar, They began in Northern California’s Analy High School. “We started in summer, but then the school year started so they built the entire hallway, you see in the school”, Minnette added.

39)  Tapes

You can listen to recordings of Hannah’s tapes. On the Thirteen Reasons Why book website you can listen to the entire series of recorded tapes as written by Asher. They’re quite eerie, but they play out in an interesting (and spoiler-filled) way.

40) Kate Walsh

Kate Walsh did a lot of prep to get into her role. The Grey’s Anatomy Vet tried to make her performance as Hannah Baker’s mother as honorable as she could. ‘’I spoke to two parents that had a child that died by suicide, and I spoke to a psychiatrist who deals with family therapists, but particularly with families that lost someone in the family To suicide’‘,

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Avantika Singh

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