At this point, it’s hard to imagine anyone but Katherine Langford playing Hannah Baker in 13 Reasons Why, but back in the day Selena Gomez was actually set to star.
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At that time—back in 2011 Seventeen reports—Selena was going to star in the project (which was set to be a movie at Universal, not a TV show at all) and her mom, Mandy Teefey would have produced.
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However, the adaptation became a Netflix series instead of a movie and did not premiere until 2017. The result? Selena stepped behind the scenes and took on a role as a producer and Katherine Langford played the role she was born to play.
“I see myself as Hannah so much,” Selena told The Hollywood Reporter. “Seven years ago I did and even more so today, which I think is funny because it’s backwards. The older I get the more insecure I get, which is odd. But that’s something a lot of people can relate to. Her personality is a quiet strength. I’ve never really been the one to be in anyone’s face. A lot of girls feel like they have to be a certain way for attention. Social media has amplified all of that. I get that she didn’t want that to be what her life was.”
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