“13 Reasons Why” has garnered controversy for its depiction of youth suicide and sexual assault.
However when its first season premiered final 12 months on Netflix, one star introduced controversy to the set for an surprising motive.
“I had by no means pushed earlier than — a lot to the producers’ shock,” says Christian Navarro, 26, who grew up within the Bronx with two police officer mother and father. “However they afforded me some driving lessons and I went and obtained my license in California [where the show is filmed].”
Navarro performs Tony Padilla, a highschool pupil who drives an iconic 1968 Purple Mustang and who was pals with Hannah Baker (Katherine Langford), who killed herself earlier than the occasions of the present. She recorded 13 cassette tapes detailing why she did what she did, and left them with Tony to distribute.
Season 1 jumped between Hannah’s life main as much as her dying, and her pals and college’s reactions within the aftermath. Season 2, out Friday, follows the civil trial as Hannah’s mother and father (performed by Brian d’Arcy James and Kate Walsh) sue the college district for its culpability in her dying.
“You get to spend so much extra time with Tony in Season 2, and we discover simply why Hannah left him the tapes,” says Navarro. “And we dive into their relationship just a little bit extra. I’m actually excited for individuals to get to know him higher. You get to see a unique aspect of Tony this 12 months.”
Navarro additionally teases a catastrophe befalling Tony’s automobile in Season 2.
“One thing does occur to the automobile this season, and the occasions main as much as it and the aftermath of it are fairly impactful,” he says. “I can’t say an excessive amount of about it however I do know it’s going to be a intestine punch.”
‘Someday I had 3,000 [Instagram] followers or one thing like that, after which the subsequent day you have got 2 million.’
The present was a runaway hit in Season 1; though Netflix doesn’t launch viewership numbers, Selection reported that “13 Reasons Why” was 2017’s hottest present on Twitter, with over 11 million tweets.
“The present got here out after which perhaps over a weekend or the subsequent week we obtained simply large numbers in followers all around the world,” says Navarro. “Someday I had 3,000 [Instagram] followers or one thing like that, after which the subsequent day you have got 2 million.”
“[The 2007 book it’s based on] was fairly standard and fairly controversial when it got here out as effectively. So we knew that it will have a fan base, I assume — however we had no concept that it will be successful. It’s been a wild trip.”
This reputation, nevertheless, got here with criticism from father or mother teams that the present was sensationalizing severe teen points. That’s why for Season 2 (and retroactively for Season 1), Netflix added forged movies imploring viewers to go to the web site 13ReasonsWhy.data for counseling assets.
“The present is polarizing,” says Navarro. “Finally it’s leisure and it’s meant to be leisure, and I believe Netflix may be very diligent and proactive about offering assets and supplies for people who’re affected by a number of the points we sort out in our present.
“We’re in the end making an attempt to make a present that makes individuals really feel one thing — and sparks a dialog about all of those matters.”