On an unseasonably warm winter day, the Australian actress Katherine Langford is being practically bombarded by new experiences. In New York for the first time, she’s dressed in skinny jeans and a black-and-white satin bomber jacket. (“This was designed by a company called Off-White. They’re a new designer. They help Kanye West,” she offered, innocently.) In less than 24 hours, she will see snow for the first time (Hi, Niko!). And the reason for her trip is to talk about her role in the forthcoming Netflix series 13 Reasons Why, which happens to be Langford’s first major job as an actor. A less grounded young woman might be a touch overwhelmed.
But much like Hannah Baker, the American teenager she plays in 13 Reasons Why, Langford exhibits a charming mix of poise and wide-eyed glee. Based on the 2007 novel of the same name, the 13-episode series, which drops March 31st, opens with a lingering shot of Hannah’s locker and a voice-over from Hannah instructing her listener to, “Get a snack. Settle in. Because I’m about to tell you the story of my life.” Hannah has committed suicide—her locker has become a shrine—and left behind a collection of cassette tapes with specific listening instructions for a pointed group of her classmates, chief among them her friend Clay. As the series zig zags back and forth across time, the stories she reveals through these tapes, she promises, will explain the reasons she took her own life. READ ARTICLE