Cast of ‘13 Reasons Why’ Opens up About Season 3
Members of the cast of Netflix's 13 Reasons Why S3 spoke to The Quint about their show recently. Listen in to Alisha Boe, Timonthy Granderos, Christian Navarro and Justin Prentice talk about their popular show and how it's affected them.
HOW HAVE FANS REACTED TO YOUR ROLE AS MONTY?
Timothy Granderos: I think the visceral reaction from fans is they hate Monty and a lot of not very nice words and I understand. I would hope that they react that way but honestly,oddly enough there have been a lot of supporters of Monty and I think it’s just because they see the human in him. It’s easy to peg him for the villain he is and for the things he’s done but behind all that there’s this confused kid who’s just trying to process his emotions and doesn’t really necessarily have the ability to and also going back to, he is that product of his family life and that toxic kind of male jock culture being part of a team and yeah.
HAS ‘13 REASONS WHY’ CHANGED PEOPLE AROUND YOU?
Alisha Boe: After the first season came out, people who were close to me from best friends, family members to acquaintances felt they were able to share their past or their traumas with me because it opened this dialogue like, ‘I watched it and I had this visceral reaction and I realised that something happened to me or I never talked about it before and’ absolutely and it gave me the language to speak to other people who may have gone through the same thing. It gave me the opportunity to be there for someone else, which is all you can ever do just be there for someone else who needs it.
HOW SIMILAR ARE YOU TO YOUR CHARACTER TONY?
Christian Navarro: First of all, I don’t think he’s calm. There’s a storm in there always I think. Am I anything like him? I was a spitfire when I was younger. I grew up in the Bronx and I liked to fight when I was younger, I did martial arts and all that stuff and so I was a little bit uber aggressive, perhaps I was compensating for my short stature, who knows? But I’ve mellowed down a lot I think and I’ve learned a lot from Tony about compassion and empathy and oddly enough this thing happens. You play the character, you sort of become the character and people have felt comfortable, as Alisha said, relaying their secrets, and their traumas and pains and it’s been a privilege to sort of to bear witness to these people, because I think it’s strength, you share that, it’s a form of strength to speak your truth into existence and it’s been so humbling to sit back and hear these stories and to hear in some part that I may have helped someone come to terms with something or anything like that is a wild dream that I haven’t yet woken up from.
DID YOU KNOW YOUR CHARACTER BRYCE WALKER WOULD DIE?
Justin Prentice: Initially I was kind of excited about the idea of it but I don’t know that I had really any expectations, I didn’t know what to expect, sometimes with a show you never really do know what to expect so I knew he was dying from the get go I didn’t want to know anything else. So I didn’t want to know who did it, didn’t want to know really any of the details of it until they coalesced it at the end of the season. I didn’t want to have scenes with the person who I knew did it and be thinking in the back of my mind like, ‘you son of a bitch’. So I thought it was just safe for my acting abilities otherwise I would have had to acted a lot better and I’m not capable of that so I decided to make it easier on myself and not know who did it.
HOW ARE PEOPLE REACTING WHEN THEY SEE YOU?
Alisha Boe: It varies usually it’s more like - were you at my wedding? are you my cousin? or dudes like get really confused and they’re just like why do I know you and they don’t realise that it’s just because I’ve spent 13 plus hours in their living room or their bathroom or their bedroom. On the other end of it people are very emotional because you can tell that it hit them very personally and they always say that they either related to the story or they’re very thankful for it, it’s always like a conversation it’s not I mean sometimes it’s like a selfie and piece but it’s like a conversation because they want to discuss the themes of the show which I love and appreciate so much.
13 Reasons Why season 3 is now airing on Netflix.
Editor: Veeru Krishan Mohan