selena gomez is making a show about teen suicide
Dark, gruelling, and definitely not what you'd expect from a Disney alum.
Selena Gomez has a diverse resume: Witch of Waverly Place, i-D Cover star, chanteuse and now, television producer. Along with her mother, Mandy, Selena will helm a new Netflix series dealing with teenage suicide. The series will be based on Jay Asher's 13 Reasons Why, a young adult novel which deals with the aftermath of a teenage girl's suicide. It's written through the eyes of a boy who'd had a crush on her, after receiving a series of tapes she'd recorded weeks earlier detailing each reason she resolved to commit suicide.
Obviously, it's an emotionally gruelling concept, but we could alway do with more realistic representations of mental illness in the media. Plus, it's a series about a young woman's mental health, so it gives us faith that an actual young woman—not just older TV executives—will have some input to the project. Speaking with Variety, Selena stressed her role would stay behind the scenes, "I'm not going to star in it. I'm not quite sure if I'll do anything onscreen with it."
While 2015 was a year where Selena came into her own as a musician, it looks like this she'll be turning her focus back to film this year. "I'm in a place with my music where I've gone through this transition and I feel with this album I've been able to grow as an artist," she told Variety "but I feel like in acting, I haven't touched the surface of what I'm able to do."
Selena's new movie, The Fundamentals of Caring, just premiered at Sundance. Netflix grabbed the rights to that too, so prepare to stream yourself some Selena. And she hasn't ruled out getting in the director's chair either. Let's see(lena).
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