SPOILER: the 49-year-old actress plays Olivia Baker, the grieving mother of Hannah (Katherine Langford), the teenager whose suicide sits at the center of the show.
“I think that anything that’s at all kept secret is inextricably intertwined with shame and secrecy, (and) should be outed,” Kate recently expressed (via USA TODAY). “I can’t speak for (creator) Brian [Yorkey], but I know that it was important for us to be as honest as we could.”
“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,” Kate continued. “And we just 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. So 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.”
Pictured: Kate attending her SAG-AFTRA Foundation Conversations screening and panel discussion for 13 Reasons Why, as well as a BUILD panel discussion on Monday (April 24) in New York City.