“I definitely learned a lot,” said Miles Heizer about playing a suicide attempt survivor now suffering from a traumatic brain injury on “13 Reasons Why.” Season two of the controversial Netflix series premiered in May, and Heizer joined his co-stars for a special Netflix FYSEE event in June to discuss the show with Emmy voters. Watch Heizer above.
The first season of “13 Reasons Why” focused on the death of high school student Hannah Baker (Katherine Langford), who left behind a series of audio cassettes to explain her suicide. Heizer’s character, Alex Standall, was featured on those tapes as one of the factors contributing to Hannah’s depression and hopelessness. The pressure eventually overwhelmed Alex too, and he shot himself in the first season finale.
Alex survived the attempt, but he was left with memory loss and a limp due to the damage to his brain. “I actually met with a couple of psychologists who work with people who are suffering TBIs,” Heizer explained. “She had also worked with people that had survived a suicide attempt. You can do so much research — which I certainly did, watching videos and interviews with people — but it’s very different to actually talk to someone in person. That definitely gives it a completely different reality.”
“13 Reasons Why” has faced controversy for its depiction of suicide in season one, and then for its handling of sexual violence and gun violence in season two, but it has been renewed for a third season, which is set to premiere in 2019. Are you looking forward to seeing more of life at Liberty High School?
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