Selena Gomez has been on a roll. Her latest win was minimalist slow burn "Bad Liar," the first single off her upcoming album. But she's also been in the pop-culture spotlight for her co-executive producer role on Netflix's teen-centric hit show 13 Reasons Why.
Which also means that Gomez is taking questions about the controversy surrounding the show, which is centered around and contains a graphic depiction of its protagonist's suicide. And when she did a radio interview for Elvis Duran and the Morning Show, she acknowledged both the inherent controversy and also the show's considerable impact.
"This is happening every day," Gomez shared, before adding, "Whether or not you wanted to see it, that's what's happening."
"The content is complicated. It's dark and it has moments that are honestly very hard to swallow, and I understood that we were doing something that is difficult. But these kids today are so exposed to things that I would never even comprehend when I was 8. My cousin teaches third grade and they're doing things and saying things that I couldn't even fathom."
In the grand tradition of teen shows, 13 Reasons Why tackles other relevant social issues, which Gomez said the program addresses in an authentic way.
"I feel like if this is what we're going to talk about, we might as well as do it in a way that's honest, is real, and stays true to the book. So all the questions that came up, and all the talk about it is valid and I understand it. That stuff is uncomfortable for people to talk about, but it is happening and hopefully, it opened the door for people to actually accept what's happening and actually go and change it, talk about it."
She also took the chance to tease a little bit about the show's second season:
"In season 2 we're going to answer a lot of questions, and a lot of resolution with the characters is going to come. We go into the resolution of where these characters are going. I was freaking out about where they were going because it was really encouraging and empowering. We're going to take a little inspiration from the first, and bring it into the second."
Watch Gomez's full interview below:
If you or someone you know needs help, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK(8255) or visit their website.