Katherine Langford, born April 29, 1996, is an Australian actress. She’s known for starring as Hannah Baker in the 2017 Netflix series 13 Reasons Why, based on the novel of the same name, for which she received a Golden Globe Award nomination. Take a look below for 24 more fun and interesting facts about Katherine Langford.
1. In 2018, she appeared as Vesna in the independent comedy and drama movie The Misguided, and Leah Burke in the romantic comedy and drama movie Love, Simon.
2. She was born in Perth, and raised in Applecross, a riverside suburb of Perth.
3. She’s the eldest daughter of Elizabeth Langford, a pediatrician, and Stephen Langford, a flying doctor and director of medical services at the Royal Flying Doctor Service Western Operations.
4. She began voice lessons in 2005, and received classical, jazz and contemporary vocal training.
5. She was offered a place at Perth Modern school for her senior high years, where she studied music and drama, and was sports captain and a nationally ranked swimmer.
6. Initially, during her time at high school, Langford was interested in medicine and politics, in addition to musical theater.
7. In 2012, when Langford was 16 years old, she attended Lady Gaga’s concert, the Born This Way Ball, which inspired her to learn how to play the piano.
8. Langford shared a video of herself singing three original songs she wrote: “I’ve Got a Crush on Zoe Bosch,” “Young and Stupid,” and “3 Words.”
9. “Young and Stupid” is an anti-suicide song she wrote in 2013 after three Perth teens took their lives.
10. For her final year at Perth Modern, Langford stopped swimming and switched her focus to music and performance. She was successful in a number of musical eisteddfods and drama competitions.
11. Langford appeared in Perth Modern’s production of Hotel Sorrento in 2013 and graduated that same year.
12. After graduating high school, Langford was determined to become an actor. However, she was rejected from every acting school she applied to, on the grounds that she was too young and didn’t have enough life experience.
13. Langford enrolled in acting classes and workshops in Perth, juggling three part time jobs, and later finding herself an agent.
14. From 2014 to 2015, she studied at the Principal Academy of Dance & Theater Arts, majoring in Music Theater, and appeared in a production of Godspell.
15. In 2015, she was one of five selected to participate in the National Institute of Drama Arts Advanced Actors Residency.
16. In 2015, she trained at Nicholson’s Academy of Screen Acting and portrayed the role of Juan Peron’s mistress in the 2015 production of Evita.
17. Langford was offered a position in the Bachelor of Arts program in Acting at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts and intended to being studies in 2016. However, she never enrolled and instead pursued professional roles.
18. Her first appearance was in several small independent movies, including Story of Miss Oxygen, Imperfect Quadrant, and Daughter.
19. She portrayed the lead character in Daughter, which debuted at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival.
20. In 2016, after declining the offer from Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, Langford auditioned for Will, a television series centered on the young life of William Shakespeare. She didn’t get the role, which was given to Olivia DeJonge.
21. She auditioned for the role of the mystery teen drama 13 Reasons Why over Skype and had only 10 days to get an O-1 visa as she hadn’t worked in the United States before.
22. Langford researched her role for 13 Reasons Why by speaking with a representative of the sexual assault awareness campaign “It’s On Us” and a psychiatrist who specializes in adolescence.
23. She appeared in her first feature film, The Misguided, an independent comedy drama by Shannon Alexander, which premiered in January 2018.
24. In 2018, she starred as Leah in the movie Love, Simon, which is an adaption of the coming of age novel Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli.