Kate Walsh Defends 13 Reasons Why: ‘It Was Important For Us To Be As Honest As We Could’

Kate Walsh is speaking out on behalf of the hit Netflix show, “13 Reasons Why”, which has received some backlash for its depiction of teen suicide.

Speaking at Variety‘s Power of Women event in New York City on Friday, the 49-year-old actress, who plays the mother of a teen who commits suicide, Olivia Baker, in the series, speaks out in support of show creator Brian Yorkey. His decision to portray such graphic scenes of the teen, Hannah Baker, while taking viewers through the reasons why she decided to end her life, has come under fire.

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“I think that anything that’s all kept secret is inextricably intertwined with shame and secrecy, [and] should be outed,” USA Today reports Walsh as saying. “I can’t speak for Brian, but I know that it was important for us to be as honest as we could.”

She reportedly went on: “Part of the problem is not talking about it and not seeing it, and not seeing what really happens, and that it’s this mysterious kind of thing that’s never spoken about or never seen. And we shove it under the rug, and nobody talks about it, and we just hope that it doesn’t happen to them or their children or friends or family.”

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Walsh explained why it was so crucial for Yorkey to make the scenes so powerful: “I think that [for] Brian, it was an important decision to be as real and as accurate as we could and show how painful it is, physically, emotionally and in every other sense.”

ET Canada recently spoke with Swedish singer Zara Larsson, who claimed in a now-deleted tweet that the popular teenage drama “romanticized revenge suicide.” Hear her thoughts below.




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