Selena Gomez explains why she’s not in ’13 Reasons Why’

Gomez actually felt a special connection to the main character, Hannah Baker, who decides to end her life and leave behind 13 cassette tapes to reveal the reasons why. From executive producer Selena Gomez comes Netflix’s newest young adult series 13 Reasons Why. This story originally appeared on PEOPLE.com. “I see myself as Hannah so much,” Gomez told The Hollywood Reporter. “They sent us emails and checked up on us and made sure we were okay.”
The series has been buzzing all over social media since its release last week and has already smashed Twitter records, reaching 3.4 million tweets in total and gaining 200,000 tweets in one hour. “I wanted it to feel like anyone can see themselves in this.”
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The singer was originally cast to star as Hannah in the movie adaptation of the novel back in 2011 but changed her mind. With her history of mental health issues and rehab, it’s no surprise that the “Kill Em with Kindness” singer felt drawn to the story. “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,” she said. “Even though Selena is Selena Gomez and ridiculously busy, Mandy and Selena were always there for us,” she said. After 6 years waiting to find the perfect Hannah and Clay for @13reasonswhy I couldn't be luckier we cast these two 💜
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Katherine Langford, who plays Hannah, revealed that Gomez and her mom, Mandy Teefey, were still extremely involved and supportive along the way. Based on the best-selling novel by Jay Asher, the latest hit centers around the real-life traumas that are faced by teenagers today, including teen suicide, bullying, mental illness and sexual assault. 13 Reasons Why is now available to stream on Netflix. This article originally appeared in Peopleenespanol.com

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