Christian Navarro had to learn to drive and get his license before filming started to be able to drive the red Ford Mustang seen in the series.
On the "Thirteen Reasons Why" book website, you can listen to the entire series of recorded tapes. They're quite eerie, but they play out in an interesting (and spoiler-filled!) way.
Jay Asher was inspired to write the book when a family member tried to commit suicide. Some of the events that happen to Hannah are events that happened to teen girls in real life. He interviewed his wife and female colleagues for things that were hard or things they have never gotten over.
Katherine Langford (Hannah) purchased a piano while staying in San Rafael, California during filming. She would play it to help comfort herself between takes when feelings would become overly intense.
Neither Katherine Langford (Hannah) nor Dylan Minnette (Clay) had read the book "Thirteen Reasons Why" before being cast to star in the series. Langford read it in between being cast and filming, but Minette didn't want to confuse the character in the book with the character in the show, so he didn't read it.
Tony's (Christian Navarro) cross tattoo on his wrist contains a semicolon, which is the symbol for depression and suicide awareness.
Katherine Langford (Hannah) auditioned for both the roles of Hannah and Jessica, before she landed the former.
Shooting was so difficult, they had therapy dogs visit the set. The series covers many heavy issues, including depression, suicide, and sexual assault, to name a few, so naturally the stars would need cheering up every once in awhile. "I know there was one scene, I wasn't around, but they had therapy dogs on set. There was a puppy per hour," Dylan Minnette recalled in a recent interview.
Scenes that take place prior to Hannah's (Katherine Langford) suicide tend to have a warm color palette; those that occur after are cooler in tone.
Kate Walsh did a lot of prep to get into her role. She tried to make her performance as Hannah Baker's (Katherine Langford) mother as honorable as she could. "I spoke to two parents that had a child that died by suicide and I spoke to a psychiatrist, who deals with family therapists, but particularly with families that lost someone in the family to suicide," she told E! News.
Author Jay Asher was fine with the differences between the book and Netflix series, stating "the message is what matters most."
Originally supposed to be a movie. But in order to fit Hannah's whole story, it was turned into a T.V. series.
Jay Asher originally wanted to title the book "Baker's Dozen: The Autobiography of Hannah Baker." A baker's dozen is one more than a normal dozen, or 13.
While the series contains many character interactions in the present, the book does not. The book deals mostly in the past.
The sets for Monet's Cafe, Baker's Drugstore and The Crestmont were all built on location in empty stores in downtown Vallejo, California within a few blocks of each other.
After reading the book the series is based on, Selena Gomez, along with her mother Mandy Teefey and producer Kristel Laiblin, brought the book to producing company Anonymous Content for a screen adaptation. Gomez was previously attached to star in the project back in 2012 when it was still set up as a film at Universal.
Reportedly, Katherine Langford was cast for the role of Hannah Baker through a Skype audition.
The New Zealand Office of Film and Literature Classification created a new certificate (rating) of RP18 (restricted to persons under 18 unless accompanied by a parent or guardian) specifically for the series.
Many of the cast members met with specialists and psychologists to learn and understand their characters' situations.
Alex (Miles Heizer) has a Joy Division poster on his wall, whose lead singer died by suicide. Also, the cassette Tony (Christian Navarro) plays for Clay (Dylan Minnette) when he's driving him home in the first episode is Joy Division.
The reason Clay (Dylan Minnette) had the scar on his head was so you could know whether we were seeing the past or the present.
The song that Clay (Dylan Minnette) and Hannah (Katherine Langford) dance to is "The Night We Met" by Lord Huron from their album, "Strange Trails".
The winter formal scene took over a week to shoot because the crew wanted so many different camera angles and wanted to capture so many plot points.
After wrapping production, Selena Gomez, Alisha Boe (Jessica), and Tommy Dorfman (Ryan) all got matching tattoos on their forearms of a subtle black semicolon, which represents and symbolizes mental health awareness and suicide prevention.
The character of Skye (Sosie Bacon) is a amalgamation of two people from the novel, a friend of Clay's named Skye, who is a social outcast, and an unnamed Coffee house waitress, who knows Clay but Clay does not remember.
Selena Gomez was originally attached to earlier film attempts as early as 2011, however after multiple delays she had grown too old for the role and thus serves as an executive producer for this project.
Ross Butler was cast in the show Riverdale (2017) at the same time. When season 2 for both shows were announced, he felt doing 2 shows at once was too much and dropped out of Riverdale (2017) so he could focus mainly on 13 Reasons Why (2017).
The character Skye is played by Sosie Bacon, who is the daughter of actor Kevin Bacon and actress Kyra Sedgwick.
The actress who plays Hannah, Katherine Langford, is Australian and carried out her entire role faking an American accent.
The show filmed high school exteriors (and some interiors) at an actual high school in Sebastopol, California, called Analy High School. Like real-life Analy, Liberty High School shares the same mascot, the Tigers.
Dylan Minnette (Clay) had a dialogue with producer Brian Yorkey from the get-go about what songs should be on the soundtrack. "I love that he was so open and it was very much a collaboration. There are so many artists on the soundtrack that I'm so proud of. And Clay's room is filled with posters of my favorite bands. There are other artists that I would love to have in there, but they aren't artists that I feel Clay would listen to."
Brandon Flynn (Justin) and Alisha Boe (Jessica) were room mates while filming season 2 of the show.
Every time Clay (Dylan Minnette) is thinking of Hannah (Katherine Langford) and there is a flashback, the scene is brighter than in regular time in the show . This has been done to signify that she is the light of the show and when she is not on camera the scene is a lot darker, signifying the unhappiness that's in the scene.
In the book, Sheri's (Ajiona Alexus) character does not exist, or at least not under the name of Sheri. Instead, the character goes by the name of Jenny.
Although Selena Gomez was an executive producer, she was only on set for the last day of filming because she was also on a world tour at the time. In an interview, Dylan Minnette (Clay) and Katherine Langford (Hannah) said she was very involved through email the entire filming process, and when she arrived for the last day, it was like she had been there the whole time.
The name Clay has symbolic meaning because in the story he will continue to be reshaped in many ways, just like Clay (Dylan Minnette). By telling her story, Hannah Baker (Katherine Langford) "bakes" Clay into the person he becomes.
The nail polish Hannah (Katherine Langford) is wearing the day she dies and uses to write on the tapes is Sinful Colors Endless Blue.
The name Hannah is a palindrome that represents the two sides of the tapes she records.
Scenes that include Hannah Baker, played by Katherine Langford, have been overlaid with a yellow tint in post production.
Interiors for the school classrooms and hallways were filmed on-location at an actual school for the first two episodes, until the show's Set Construction crew could catch up. For the remainder of the show, school interiors were filmed in an exact replica of Analy High School built on a soundstage, to accommodate easier filming logistics.
Executive producer, Selena Gomez, performed a song for the series called 'Only You,' a cover of a song by Yazoo.
Alisha Boe (Jessica Davis) appeared briefly in an episode of Parenthood (2010) in 2012. Miles Heizer (Alex Standall) had a main role on the show as Drew Holt.
Alisha Boe (Jessica), Ross Butler (Zach) and Henry Zaga all had cameos on MTV's Teen Wolf (2011).
The first season was filmed in the San Francisco Bay Area during the summer and fall of 2016 concurrently with the Hulu series, Chance (2016).
Kate Walsh and Dylan Minnette have both played characters on the show Grey's Anatomy. Kate Walsh played Dr. Addison Montgomery-Shepherd, whereas Dylan Minnette played a young child who needed an ear replacement transplant.
The show has an age rating of 18, in the UK, for a graphic suicide scene, sexual violence, and strong language.
Justin Prentice (Bryce) plays another high school jock/bully named Bryce in the TV series Those Who Can't (2016). Additionally, he played Lauren Potter's (Becky Jackson's) love interest in Glee (2009).
In episode 1.2, 13 Reasons Why: Tape 1, Side B (2017), at the coffee shop Hannah (Katherine Langford) and Jess (Alisha Boe) ask Alex (Miles Heizer) about a new picture on the wall. He first says it looks like a bleeding man. Dylan Minnette (Clay) has a real life band and one of their songs is "Bleeding Man".
Clay's (Dylan Minnette) last name is Jensen, and Jensen is a brand of cassette player. The show revolves around listening to cassette tapes.
Towards the end of the season 1 finale (13 Reasons Why: Tape 7, Side A (2017)), a song by Selena Gomez is played in the background. Selena Gomez is an executive producer for this show and was originally cast as Hannah when the project was a movie from Universal.
The third season commenced filming on August 12, 2018 with a completion date of February 20, 2019.
This is the first collaboration between Tom McCarthy and Brian d'Arcy James since Spotlight (2015).
Jason Pagan was rumored to play the lead role of Clay. Ultimately, Dylan Minnette was cast instead.
Dylan Minnette (Clay) has played a character named Clay twice (Saving Grace (2007), and 13 Reasons Why) and has been in three different acting roles where his character interacted with a character named Hannah (Awake (2012), Goosebumps (2015), and 13 Reasons Why).
Second time Alisha Boe and Ross Butler have worked together - previously they appeared in two episodes of Teen Wolf (2011) together.
The second season completed principal photography between June 12, 2017 and December 17, 2017. This included a two week pause in filming during Northern California wildfires in October 2017.
This is the second time Dylan Minnette has portrayed a character named Clay in a TV series. The first time was in Saving Grace (2007).
Author Jay Asher graduated from San Luis Obispo High School whose mascot is the same as Liberty High School in the series, the Tigers.
Both Miles Heizer (Alex) and Keiko Agena (Mrs. Bradley) have worked with Lauren Graham. Heizer played her son, Drew, in Parenthood (2010) and Agena played her daughter Rory's best friend, Lane, in Gilmore Girls (2000).
Alisha Boe (Jessica Davis) and Ross Butler (Zach Dempsey) also appeared together on two episodes of Teen Wolf (2011) as Gwen & Nathan respectively.
Wilson Cruz (Dennis Vasquez) played Ricky, one of the lead characters in another ground breaking teenage drama, My So-Called Life (1994). Coincidentally Ricky's last name was also Vasquez.
Miles Heizer (Alex) previously worked with producer Selena Gomez on Rudderless (2014), although they did not share the screen together.
13 Reasons Why creator Brian Yorkey wrote the book for Broadway musical "Next to Normal" in which Brian d'Arcy James (Andy Baker) starred as Dan, the father of a teenage girl.
Brandon Larracuente (Jeff Atkins) originally auditioned for the role of Justin Foley.
Steven Weber (Principal Gary Bolan) & Justin Prentice (Bryce Walker) both appeared in episode 2.17, iZombie: Reflections of the Way Liv Used to Be (2016) of iZombie (2015) as Vaughn Du Clark and Brody Johnson respectively.
Will Walker (Jeffrey Vincent Parise) and Deputy Standall (Mark Pellegrino) both starred together in Supernatural as Asmodeus and Lucifer, respectively.
Dylan Minnette who plays Clay Jensen also has a love interest named Hannah in Goosebumps (2015). In the movie his character name is Zach. In 13 Reasons Why, Ross Butler's character Zach Dempsey has a romantic relationship with Hannah Baker.
a cover of the song "The Killing Moon" by Roman Remains is played on 13 Reasons Why: Tape 6, Side B (2017) (Bryce Walker's tape) ,the original song by Echo & The Bunnymen is also played on 13 Reasons Why: Bryce and Chloe (2018) (Bryce Walker's court day).
Justin Prentice (Bryce Walker) previously played another character by the name of Bryce in four episodes of Those Who Can't (2016).
With the exception of the episode "Nobody's Clean", episodes titles are still mentioned by Ani. The episode title "Nobody's Clean" is first mentioned by Alex.