Recently, the actress and now producer revealed she knew she wasn’t right for the role of Hannah in the series, a role she was set for when the project was going through its’ first development.
“The older I got — once I left my series [Wizards of Waverly Place], once I started to go for roles that weren’t that age range — it organically began to become a project that I knew I would be behind the scenes with,” Selena added in a new interview with NY Times.
She adds, “I actually like that I’m not in it. To be honest, this book has such a huge following. I wanted it to be credible. If I’m a part of it, that’s going to cause a whole other conversation.”
What did that mean? That she, as Selena Gomez, would be a distraction to the message. “And I knew that.”
13 Reasons Why premieres on March 31st on Netflix.
Selena has apparently “filed legal docs asking for the right to market jewelry” and the documents would also block anyone else from performing as Selena Gomez during a live TV/movie appearance or distribute music.
Clay and Hannah’s friendship takes center stage in the new featurette for 13 Reasons Why.
Based on the best-selling books by Jay Asher, the series centers on Clay Jensen (Dylan Minnette) as he returns home from school to find a mysterious box with his name on it lying on his porch.
Inside he discovers cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker (Katherine Langford) — his classmate and crush — who tragically committed suicide two weeks earlier. On tape, Hannah explains that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life.
Produced by Selena Gomez, 13 Reasons Why premieres on March 31st on Netflix.