When 13 Reasons Why hit Netflix two weeks ago, it was an immediate success. The series adaptation of the popular novel of the same name by Jay Asher, is about the suicide of a high school student, Hannah Baker, and the tapes she leaves behind to explain the events leading up to her death. The series didn’t shy away from covering heavy topics like depression, suicide, sexual assault, and bullying.

In a recent interview with Popsugar, stars Katherine Langford (Hannah Baker) and Dylan Minnette (Clay Jenson) opened up about filming the series and how the difficult scenes and themes affected them — and how they were able to cope, on set, with the help of some furry friends.

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During the interview, Minnette and Langford spoke about the emotional weight the of the series and how the crew made sure everyone was feeling okay during the filming of the more intense scenes.

We can only imagine what it was like for Langford to be in emotionally difficult situations for most of the shooting of the series. From what it sounds like, Langford had full support from the cast and crew to make sure she was okay after filming some of the more traumatic scenes.

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We’re so glad to hear that the cast’s mental health was always supported on set. They may be playing fictional characters but as people, they can be totally affected by the events they’re forced to portray and we’re so glad therapy dogs were readily available!