Let’s face it, 13 Reasons Why can be hard to watch. Especially episode nine.
Dylan Minnette opens up about how some of his cast members were able to deal with some of the stress that comes along with filming scenes about bullying, rape and suicide.
“I know there was one scene, I wasn’t around, but they had therapy dogs on set,” the 20-year-old actor tells PopSugar. “There was a puppy per hour. They really tried to help out. The puppies helped.”
Dylan credits his co-star Katherine Langford for having to deal with this most difficult elements of the storyline.
“She had the brunt of the emotional stuff,” he explains. “I mean, we all have very emotional parts, but this is about her character.”
Thankfully, Katherine explains that she felt very safe, no matter how heavy the content was to film.
“I want to reiterate how much support was there for me,” she says. “When I was shooting with Justin Prentice, who plays Bryce, there’s a scene we do in episode 12 which is physically hard to do, just as a human being. I feel like so much of Hannah’s life, especially the last five episodes, is so tragic that you just have to put that shock aside and get through it.
She continues, “It’s only been after the show and after wrapping that I’ve gone, wow, we really did handle some really heavy stuff. I’m really proud of how we handle it, because as you said we don’t shy away from them.”