Katherine Langford made headlines around the world in her controversial role as suicidal teen Hannah Baker in Netflix’s 13 Reasons Why —now the 21-year-old, is set to break barriers again in the gay teen romance Love, Simon.
Though her green-eyed gaze and full pout recall a young Angelina Jolie, Langford sees beyond appearances. “I just think of myself as a person,” she tells WHO. “I am not too fussed with beauty on the outside.”
What do you find beautiful?
I mean, it sounds clichéd because everyone says it, but for me it’s truth: I find people who are beautiful on the inside so alluring and magnetic and attractive. At the end of the day, it’s people who have beautiful souls and what they say is meaningful. And if they are truthful and have integrity and they are a good person, I think that’s just unbelievably beautiful.
You have millions of followers on social media—how does that feel?
I am a young woman and I am still learning and figuring myself out. But if I can help promote discussion or help people not feel so alone or help people connect to communities that they may not ordinarily find, that for me is fulfilling and what I hope to do.
While high school is not an experience many would call beautiful, how was it returning to school for both roles?
My experience of high school was a relatively decent one. So there’s not too much trauma there. The first job I ever had was 13 Reasons Why which is set in highschool, but it’s set in an American high school. The setting and parts of the culture were very different to me having grown up in Australia. For me, it’s not necessarily about the high-school element, but more about the person and the journey that they go through. And I think both Hannah and Leah (Love, Simon) have these different journeys and both are beautiful and different and relatable in their own ways.
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