Katherine Langford

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Katherine Langford
Katherine Langford in 2018.jpg
Langford in 2018
Born (1996-04-29) 29 April 1996 (age 22)
Perth, Australia
Occupation Actress
Years active 2015–present

Katherine Langford (born 29 April 1996)[1] is an Australian actress. She is 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.[2] In 2018, she appeared as Vesna in the independent comedy/drama film The Misguided and as Leah Burke in the romantic comedy-drama film Love, Simon.

Early life[edit]

Langford was born in Perth, Western Australia, Australia,[1] and raised in Applecross, a riverside suburb of Perth.[3] She is the eldest daughter of Elizabeth Langford (née Green), a pediatrician, and Stephen Langford, a flying doctor and director of medical services at the Royal Flying Doctor Service Western Operations.[4][5][3][6] She has a younger sister, Josephine Langford, who is also an actress.[7]

Langford began voice lessons in 2005, and received classical, jazz, and contemporary vocal training.[8] She was offered a place at Perth Modern School[9][10] for her senior high years, where she studied music and drama, and was sports captain and a nationally ranked swimmer.[11][12]

Initially during her time at high school, Langford was interested in medicine and politics, in addition to musical theatre. However, in 2012, when Langford was 16, she attended Lady Gaga's concert, the Born This Way Ball, which inspired her to learn how to play the piano.[13] She shared video of herself singing three original songs she wrote: "I've Got a Crush on Zoe Bosch," "Young and Stupid," and "3 Words."[14][15] "Young and Stupid" is an anti-suicide song she wrote in 2013 after three Perth teens took their lives.[16] For her final year at Perth Modern, Langford stopped swimming and switched her focus to music and performance.[17] She was successful in a number of musical eisteddfods and drama competitions. Langford appeared in the school's production of Hotel Sorrento in 2013[18][19] and graduated that same year.[20]

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 she was too young and did not have enough life experience. This led her to begin enrolling in acting classes and workshops in Perth, juggling three part-time jobs, and later finding herself an agent.[6][17] From 2014 to 2015, Langford studied at the Principal Academy of Dance & Theatre Arts, majoring in Music Theatre, and appeared in a production of Godspell. She was then one of five selected to participate in the National Institute of Dramatic Arts Advanced Actors Residency in 2015.[18][21] In the same year, she trained at Nicholson's Academy of Screen Acting and portrayed the role of Juan Perón's mistress in the 2015 production of Evita.[18] Langford was offered a position in the Bachelor of Arts program in Acting at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts and intended to begin studies in 2016.[12][21] However, she never enrolled and instead pursued professional roles.[12]

Career[edit]

Langford first appeared in several small independent films, including Story of Miss Oxygen (2015), Imperfect Quadrant (2016), and Daughter (2016).[18][21] She portrayed the lead character in Daughter, which debuted at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival.[21][22] 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 did not get the role, which was instead given to Olivia DeJonge.[12]

Langford auditioned for the role of American high school student Hannah Baker in the mystery teen drama TV series 13 Reasons Why, over Skype. She had only 10 days to get an O-1 visa as she had not worked in the United States before.[23] She has received critical acclaim for her work on the show.[24] Langford researched the role, speaking with a representative of the sexual assault awareness campaign "It's On Us" and a psychiatrist who specializes in adolescence.[25] In December 2016, she signed with the William Morris Endeavor agency.[26] Langford reprised the role in the second season of the series, released on May 18, 2018.[27] On May 25, 2018, Langford confirmed that she will not return as Hannah Baker in the third season of the series.[28]

Langford appeared in her first feature film, The Misguided, an independent comedy-drama by Shannon Alexander, which premiered in January 2018.[29] She also starred as Leah in the 2018 film Love, Simon, an adaptation of the coming-of-age novel Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, by Becky Albertalli.[30][31]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2015 Story of Miss Oxygen The Doll Chaser Short film
Daughter Scarlett Short film
2016 Imperfect Quadrant Ruby Short film
2018 The Misguided Vesna
Love, Simon Leah Burke
2019 Spontaneous[32] Mara Carlyle Post-production

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2017–2018 13 Reasons Why Hannah Baker Main role (seasons 1–2; 26 episodes)
2018 Robot Chicken Steffy (voice) Episode: "No Wait, He Has a Cane"
2019 Cursed Nimue Main role

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref(s)
2017 Australians In Film Awards Screen Australia Breakthrough Award N/A Won [33]
Gold Derby Awards Breakthrough Performer of the Year 13 Reasons Why Nominated [34]
2018 Golden Globe Awards Best Actress – Television Series Drama 13 Reasons Why Nominated [35][36]
MTV Movie & TV Awards Best Actor in a Show 13 Reasons Why Nominated
People's Choice Awards The Drama TV Star of 2018 13 Reasons Why Pending
Satellite Awards Best Actress – Television Series Drama 13 Reasons Why Nominated [37][38]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Katherine Langford: Actress (1996–)". Biography.com. A&E Networks. Archived from the original on 28 May 2018. Retrieved 28 May 2018. 
  2. ^ King, Brittany (31 March 2017). "13 Reasons Why Star Katherine Langford Talks Teen Depression: 'It's Not a Beautiful Tragedy, It's Hell'". People. Retrieved 4 April 2017. 
  3. ^ a b McRae, Rose (19 May 2017). "Netflix star Katherine Langford reminisces on happy days at Perth Mod". The West Australian. Retrieved 23 May 2017. 
  4. ^ "The Author (Dr. Elizabeth Green)". Parenting is Forever- a paediatrician's tips for parents, teachers and carers. Retrieved 1 January 2018. 
  5. ^ "Dr. Stephen Langford". UWA Publishing. Retrieved 12 March 2018. 
  6. ^ a b Marriner, Cosima (16 June 2017). "Katherine Langford: I feel lucky to have a new platform to talk about important issues". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 18 June 2017. 
  7. ^ Fleming Jr, Mike (9 July 2018). "Josephine Langford Set To Star As Tessa In 'After,' Movie Adaptation Of Anna Todd's YA Phenom Novels". Deadline. Retrieved 30 July 2018. 
  8. ^ "Katherine Langford" (PDF). RGM Artists Group. Archived from the original (PDF) on 12 April 2017. Retrieved 12 April 2017. 
  9. ^ "Katherine Langford joins fight to save Perth Modern". The West Australian. 26 May 2017. Retrieved 16 June 2017. 
  10. ^ "13 Reasons Why star joins fight to save Perth school". Retrieved 16 June 2017. 
  11. ^ Stone, Russell (16 April 2017). "who's that girl: meet katherine langford". i-D Magazine. Retrieved 23 April 2017. 
  12. ^ a b c d Christmass, Pop (15 January 2017). "Katherine Langford – A young star seriously on the rise". The Sunday Times. Retrieved 20 April 2017. 
  13. ^ Hirsh, Sophie (27 April 2017). "Fans Have Uncovered Hannah from '13 Reasons Why's' Old Music Videos". Teen Vogue. Retrieved 26 May 2017. 
  14. ^ "13 Reasons Why star Katherine Langford is also an amazing singer: Watch". Nine.com.au. 16 April 2017. Retrieved 19 April 2017. 
  15. ^ Pehanick, Maggie (9 April 2017). "Um, 13 Reasons Why's Katherine Langford Is an INCREDIBLE Singer". POPSUGAR Entertainment. Retrieved 19 April 2017. 
  16. ^ "'13 Reasons Why' Katherine Langford's anti-suicide song found, other song sparks gay comments". International Business Times. 28 April 2017. Retrieved 26 May 2017. 
  17. ^ a b Highfill, Samantha (3 April 2017). "'13 Reasons Why': Get to Know Series Star Katherine Langford". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 23 April 2017. 
  18. ^ a b c d "Katherine Langford" (PDF). RGM Artists Group. Archived from the original (PDF) on 12 April 2017. Retrieved 6 June 2017. 
  19. ^ "UPCOMING EVENTS". Perth Modern School. 20 June 2013. Retrieved 20 April 2017. 
  20. ^ "Perth Modern News April 2013" (PDF). Perth Modern School. April 2013. Retrieved 1 April 2018. 
  21. ^ a b c d "Katherine Langford – Scarlett". Nexus Production Group. Retrieved 20 April 2017. 
  22. ^ "YA adaptation '13 Reasons Why' casts Dylan Minnette, Katherine Langford". AFP. 9 June 2016. Retrieved 4 April 2017. 
  23. ^ Keaney, Quinn. "How Netflix's 13 Reasons Why Is the Most Important YA Adaptation Yet". PopSugar Celebrity UK. 
  24. ^ Montgomery, Daniel (10 April 2017). "Emmy spotlight: Newcomer Katherine Langford ('13 Reasons Why') is a revelation as a suicidal teen". Goldderby. Retrieved 10 April 2017. 
  25. ^ Highfill, Samantha (4 April 2017). "'13 Reasons Why' Star Katherine Langford Opens Up About 'Tough' Scenes". Entertainment Weekly. 
  26. ^ "WME Signs 'Thirteen Reasons Why' Star Katherine Langford (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. 11 April 2017. Retrieved 12 April 2017. 
  27. ^ ""13 Reasons Why" Star Katherine Langford Says Hannah Will Have a HUGE Role In Season 2". Seventeen. 14 November 2017. Retrieved 27 May 2018. 
  28. ^ "13 Reasons Why: Katherine Langford says goodbye to Hannah Baker". Entertainment Weekly. 25 May 2018. Retrieved 27 May 2018. 
  29. ^ https://www.flickeringmyth.com/2018/01/trailer-misguided-starring-13-reasons-whys-katherine-langford/
  30. ^ McNary, Dave (9 March 2017). "'Veep' Star Tony Hale Joins Jennifer Garner in 'Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda' (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved 21 April 2017. 
  31. ^ Hipes, Patrick (12 January 2017). "Katherine Langford Lands Female Lead In 'Simon Vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda'". Deadline. Retrieved 21 April 2017. 
  32. ^ N'Duka, Amanda (12 December 2017). "'13 Reasons Why' Star Katherine Langford To Topline YA Film 'Spontaneous'". Deadline. Retrieved 1 April 2018. 
  33. ^ "'13 Reasons Why' Star Katherine Langford Definitely Deserves This Award". Retrieved 21 March 2018. 
  34. ^ Montgomery, Marcus James Dixon,Daniel (2017-09-07). "2017 Gold Derby TV Awards winners: 'Big Little Lies' and 'SNL' sweep, while 'Stranger Things' takes Best Drama". GoldDerby. Retrieved 21 March 2018. 
  35. ^ Travers, Ben (8 January 2017). "Elisabeth Moss Wins Best Actress in a Drama Series at the Golden Globes". Indie Wire. Retrieved 8 January 2017. 
  36. ^ The Associated Press (8 January 2018). "The Latest: Elisabeth Moss wins best TV drama actress Globe". ABC News. Retrieved 8 January 2018. 
  37. ^ Pond, Steve (28 November 2017). "'Dunkirk,' 'The Shape of Water' Lead Satellite Award Nominations". TheWrap. Retrieved 29 November 2017. 
  38. ^ "2017 Nominees". International Press Academy. Retrieved 18 February 2018. 

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