Many people fell in love with the TV series Thirteen Reasons Why, and later on discovered the book, and loved it even more. Whether you first read the book or just enjoy the TV show, it was something you eagerly awaited and talked about with friends. The 24-year-old American actress ad singer was one of the reasons why. Selena was first set out to be the famous Hannah, but all of a sudden, Katherine Langford took the role instead. We were more than surprised.
The Thirteen Reasons Why show is an American drama-mystery series based on the 2007 novel Thirteen Reasons Why written by Jay Asher. The story is about the high school student, Clay Jensen, and another student, Hannah Baker, who committed suicide. Hannah’s death happened after some demoralizing circumstances which were triggered by people at the school. The teenager Clay Jensen is trying to uncover the story through the cassette tapes recorded by Hannah before she committed suicide.
Before the series was officially cast, Selena Gomez was set to play the lead role of Hannah Baker. She is well-known to be a huge fan of the book. She was very devoted to the series and it was a project she was eager to start.
But then, all of a sudden, KatherineLangford took her role! Many would agree that Katherine gave a stunning performance, but people just wanted to know why Selena didn’t take this role.
Back in 2009, they wanted to produce a movie out of the series, and Selena was to star as Hannah Baker.
This idea turned into a Netflix series. Selena ended up as an executive producer, and the cast praised her for her involvement.
Selena admitted that she decided not to play the role because of the strong cult following that the book has.
Selena opened up in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter. “A book is frightening for me because I know the cult following it has, which is the reason why I didn’t want to be in it. Originally, my mom and I found the project because I wanted it to be a transition piece. From that point on, a lot of people wanted to make it something that it wasn’t. It can teeter on the line of being a little too preachy. Jay knew that my mom [exec producer Mandy Teefey] and I would be behind it for years, no matter how long it took to take it to that place,” the singer said.
Jay Asher, confirmed that Selena was going to play Hannah, but this was years ago. Things have changed from then on.
A lot of things have changed for Selena, too. She went from a Disney Channel star to a name recognized around the world, which meant that she was basically too famous to play this role.
Then Katherine came and she was a perfect match. Selena made a good decision for the sake of the story itself.