Selena Gomez recently sat down with The New York Times to discuss her upcoming Netflix show, 13 Reasons Why. The actress, who co-produced the show with her mother, Mandy Teefy, explains why it resonates so much with her.
The show is based off a young adult book of the same name by Jay Asher. It’s about a teen who tries to figure out why his friend killed herself. The trailer is pretty intense.
In discussing optioning the rights to the book with Asher, Gomez said:
“I think he understood that I knew what it meant to be bullied. I went to the biggest high school in the world, which is the Disney Channel. And my mom had a lot of history dealing with [bullying]. I heard her stories growing up. She’s very open about it.”
But, despite “high school days” being far being her, much like many celebrities, these days she has to do deal with bullying in a different form: social media.
She explains they didn’t have social media really when she was on Wizards of Waverly Place. Twitter was only just starting up, and those were the days she was “happiest.” Now, she battles with Instagram and the negative comments people leave:
“You can’t avoid it sometimes. I delete the app from my phone at least once a week. You fixate on the [negative] ones. They’re not like, ‘You’re ugly.’ It’s like they want to cut to your soul. Imagine all the insecurities that you already feel about yourself and having someone write a paragraph pointing out every little thing — even if it’s just physical.”
Clearly, she’s knows a thing or two about bullying, and her series is sure to be a hit. 13 Reasons Why premieres on Netflix on March 31st.
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