Selena Gomez has a new show coming out on Netflix based on the popular YA series 13 Reasons Why. Gomez released the trailer on her Instagram to her record-setting number of followers, a first in Netflix history. Gomez is only producing, she does not appear on the show. At least, no guest spots have yet been announced.
Gomez recently took a 90 day break from social media entirely as she went to rehab and concentrated on building her strength following her lupus diagnosis. Despite the way Twitter and Instagram function as a powerful tool for her fame, Gomez told US Magazine in a new interview that she hates it. “I can't stand social media. I can't stand what [teens are] looking at. I can't stand what they think is reality and the show is as real as it could possibly get,” said Gomez. “It's hard when you're looking at something everyday. You're missing life in front of you. There are 17-year-olds who look older than me. That freaks me out.”
In 13 Reasons Why, high school kids grapple with the death of one of their classmates after she dies by suicide. Because Gomez was in such a dark place this year, she says she relates to a lot of the feelings in the story, even though she didn’t go through a traditional educational experience, since she was a huge star at such a young age. While she was in rehab she says she met other young people who could relate.
“I went away for 90 days and I actually met tons of kids in this place [and] we are talking about a lot of the issues that these characters are experiencing,”she continued. “I had to deal with it on a different scale. Whether it was kids or just growing up in the biggest high school in the world which was the Disney Channel, it was also adults that had the audacity to kind of tell me how I should live my life. It was very confusing for me. … I had no idea who I was gonna be, what I'm still going to become. It definitely hit home.”
Even if she does truly hate social media, it’s cool that Gomez has found a way to use to promote a story that might be meaningful to a young person struggling with depression or isolation out there somewhere.