"I went to the writers' room the other day and I felt like I was watching a movie because I was freaking out on where they're going [with the season]," she said, on pre-production of Season 2 of the hit Netflix show. "It's actually really encouraging and empowering and so we’re going to take a little inspiration from the first and bring it into the second."
The show will continue to tell the story of a group of students, their classmate's suicide, and how it came to fruition.
The nature of 13 Reasons Why, however, did stir controversy for its somewhat graphic content and storyline. Those who criticize the show claim it "glorifies" the idea of suicide, whereas those in favor of the show find the content necessary and eye-opening to young viewers. Gomez is on board with the latter, and has previously expressed her support for the show and being a part of the work they've done. "It’s not an easy subject to talk about, but I’m very fortunate with how it’s doing. I’m overwhelmed. I’m very proud of it," she said.
Below are a few more facts about the series to hold you over until next season:
1. Selena Gomez continues to go to bat on behalf of the show: On Monday, the singer joined Elvis Duran and the Morning Show to continue her discussion on the show. "I understood that we were going into something that is difficult, but these kids today are so exposed to things that I would never even comprehend when I was 8," she said. "I feel like if this is what we are going to talk about, we might as well do it in a way that's going to be honest, it's going to be real, and it stays true to the book."
2. The Mexican-American singer was originally intended to play the lead: Gomez and her mom, Mandy Teefey, bought the rights to the Jay Asher novel back in 2011, with the intention of putting her front-and-center on the Netflix show. The then-Disney star was set to play Hannah Baker, who the show is centered around, but personal issues lead her to remain behind the camera.
3. Producers found "The One" via an audition tape: The show found their Hannah in Australian actress Katherine Langford. "Our actors are insane," Teefey said. "I feel like we acquired the casting of “Freaks and Geeks.” Or “My So-Called Life.” Like, there’ll be a reunion photo [in the future], and everybody [will be famous]."
4. The book and the TV series aren't quite the same: According to MTV, the newly-adapted novel dives deeper into each character's story, and changed many specific details regarding the plotline.
5. Selena's mom sought out the show for personal reasons: "When I was growing up, I was always bullied because I was the outsider, the weird girl with the purple hair and combat boots," Teefey explained, when asked about first approaching the author of the novel. "Then I was a teen mom. You get really judged. I had counselors telling me how I’d ruined my life, [Selena’s] life and how I ruined the father’s life, even though he participated."