Kate Walsh believes schools should let students see '13 Reasons Why'
Actress Kate Walsh, star of Netflix's new hit show "13 Reasons Why" stopped by AOL's BUILD Series to talk about her role as Olivia Baker, the mother to the show's main character Hannah Baker played by Katherine Langford. The show is about Hannah, a high school student who commits suicide as a result of many horrifying moments in her school. 13 tapes were recorded which were addressed to those who contributed to her decision in killing herself. The tapes are eventually discovered by her friend Clay (Dylan Minnette) and this leads him to unravel what really tormented Hannah.
In the interview, Walsh talked about how she prepared herself to be in this project and why "13 Reasons Why" should be screened in all schools despite the heavy subject matter.
In regards to how she prepared herself for the role, Walsh explained that she actually spent a lot of time before committing to the show. She stuck to the writers' and creator Brian Yorkey's adaptation more so than reading the actual book, which the show is based on.
"I thought about it before I said 'Yes' because I knew I had to carry around that energy of a parent who experiences the unimaginable -- losing a child to suicide for five or six months. A couple of parents graciously gave me an hour of their time and talked to me about what the experience was [in losing their child], and allowed me to ask specific questions about it in order to inform my character and make sure I was going in the right direction. For me I wanted to make sure I was doing it in honor to them and as accurately as possible portraying the unimaginable."
The unimaginable act of suicide definitely sparks debate. Should you share this show with your kids or should you actually restrict this show to a more mature audience?
Walsh believes schools should let their students see "13 Reasons Why" because it can educate students and change the dialogue in respect to subjects like suicide and mental illness.
"It's ugly and it's really hard and it should be seen and I feel like it should be mandatory in schools. Parents and teachers and students should watch this and have conversations about sexual assault, about bullying, about LGBTQ issues, about race issues, gender issues, and suicide and depression and mental health because largely in our country as we see now, it's still in shroud of shame or silence. So to really see it for what it is and talk about it and get people help, in so doing I think prevent it."
Many will argue that these dark scenes are too graphic, but in reality, it sadly happens in the real world practically every day. As Walsh said, "As long as anything is shrouded in shame and secrecy, nothing good can come from it".