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’13 Reasons Why’ star thinks show should be mandatory school viewing

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Whether in praise or detraction, 13 Reasons Why is starting conversations right and left. The show about a teen who dies by suicide and her peers coping in the aftermath is prompting discussions about depression, mental health, assault, and bullying, and star Kate Walsh believes it should be required viewing in schools.

Walsh, who plays the grieving mother of Hannah Baker (Katherine Langford) in the series, told The Huffington Post that the show runners tried to strip Hannah’s death of any romanticism or glamour, to deliberately depict these difficult topics in their true light.

“People have been reacting differently to showing Hannah in the act of suicide and all the other sexual assault scenes, rape scenes. But [show runner Brian Yorkey] was intent on making sure there was nothing romantic or mysterious that anybody could project on to this to make it some dreamy, goth-y…some romantic Ophelia moment,” she said.  Read more…

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