Katherine Langford and Dylan Minnette are talking about the success of their hit Netflix show, “13 Reasons Why.”
Making their talk-show debut on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” on Monday, the breakout stars open up to DeGeneres about the meaning behind their popular series, which has since received some criticism for its depiction of school bullying and teen suicide.
“The main goal overall is to just start conversations that we think are necessary to be had and to bring these issues to light and to show them in a real way,” Minnette, who plays Clay Jensen, says. “And if people are talking about it, then we’ve reached our goal.”
While the stars play coy about the show being renewed for a second season, Langford, who plays Hannah Baker, reveals just how exciting the first season has been. “There was definitely a really big moment for me a week ago,” the actress explains. “I don’t have Twitter, but Lady Gaga tweeted at me […] and I kind of freaked out a little bit.”
Continuing Langford’s fan-girl moment, DeGeneres presents the teary-eyed star, who recently celebrated her 21st birthday, with backstage passes to Lady Gaga’s World Tour. “Because you love Lady Gaga, I called her,” DeGeneres informs her. “You’re going to go see her and go backstage and meet her!”
While the show has garnered overwhelming support from fans, some celebrities have not received it with such open arms. ET Canada recently spoke with singer Zara Larsson, who revealed the backlash she received for criticizing the show. Watch the clip below.
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If you or someone you know is in crisis and needs help, resources are available. In case of an emergency, please call 911 for immediate help.
The Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention, Depression Hurts and Kids Help Phone 1-800-668-6868 all offer ways of getting help if you, or someone you know, may be suffering from mental health issues.