Katherine Langford on Her Humble Beginnings, Her Audition for 13 Reasons Why, and Sending Her First Email

In this Screen Tests interview, Australian actress Katherine Langford discusses how her life has changed from landing her role on 13 Reasons Why, her first red carpet dress, sending her first email, her love of Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo and Juliet, her first celebrity crush, her love of sci-fi, training as a swimmer when she was growing up, and her secret skill.

Released on 7/25/2018

Credits

Starring: Katherine Langford

Transcript

00:00
The first audition I ever did
00:01
where I booked the role was for 13 Reasons Why,
00:04
and I think that was...
00:05
That was at such a weird point, I think, in life.
00:09
I lost all my money.
00:10
I stayed with this woman who was just
00:13
left the gas stove on at night
00:14
and there was carbon monoxide poisoning.
00:16
It was a mess.
00:17
I was running out of money so quickly that I couldn't afford
00:21
to pay for the bags at the grocery store.
00:24
So, I would grab the clear fruit and vegetable plastic bags
00:28
and I would wrap them around my fingers
00:30
and put my groceries in them and then walk home crying.
00:40
My first red carpet outfit
00:42
was a black lace Alexander McQueen dress
00:45
for the premiere of 13 Reasons Why season one.
00:48
I'm a big fan of McQueen and what Sarah Burton's doing.
00:51
It was, yes, it was a dream.
00:52
That was a dream.
00:53
My first email address.
00:56
I feel like this is one of the only situations
00:57
where I can say 'oh, I feel old.'
00:59
I remember trying to send my first ever email
01:02
to my best friend when I was seven,
01:06
and I remember I had her on the phone, landline,
01:09
and I had to get my mom involved
01:12
because we had to plug the computer in
01:14
to connect it to the wifi, like the internet,
01:18
so that we could send an email.
01:20
Dial-up, yeah, it was magic.
01:22
Now it's just like (groans) send an email.
01:24
What movie makes me cry?
01:26
I remember, though, really being affected by
01:29
Titanic when I was 11.
01:30
I didn't have a Leo poster,
01:32
but the second film I was gonna reference was
01:36
Baz Luhrmann's Romeo + Juliet.
01:37
I was 13, and I remember watching Romeo + Juliet on YouTube
01:43
in 20 minute increments because I was so obsessed
01:47
with trying to see it
01:48
and I was just balling in the library at school,
01:51
and then I watched it three, four, five times
01:55
and printed the entire manuscript.
01:57
My celebrity crush was more of a character crush,
02:00
and there were actually two.
02:02
I think when I was four years old
02:03
I said to my mom that I wanted to marry Christopher Robin
02:06
from Winnie the Pooh.
02:07
She was like 'oh, that's nice,'
02:11
but my first human crush was Orlando Bloom as Legolas.
02:16
I think Legolas is...
02:17
Legolas is an elf.
02:18
I'm a lowkey nerd.
02:19
I really enjoy Star Trek: Voyager
02:21
with Captain Kathryn Janeway.
02:24
She was a real inspo as a kid.
02:26
My dad went to the midnight screening
02:27
of the first ever Star Wars film, so I grew up lov...
02:30
My favorite films when I was five was Cinderella,
02:34
Mars Attacks.
02:35
That was my thing,
02:37
like sci-fi and Lord of the Rings and yeah.
02:40
I'm a fan of all that stuff and fantasy films in general.
02:44
My karaoke song?
02:45
I don't do karaoke because I just end up screaming,
02:49
and as...
02:50
Having trained as a vocalist for 10 years,
02:52
the one thing your singing teacher will tell you
02:53
is do not scream and do not wreck your voice,
02:57
and they just baited me with Gaga the whole night.
03:01
So, You and I killed me.
03:04
I trained as a swimmer for nearly 10 years
03:09
and I went to Nationals and Open Nationals,
03:12
and my two stroked were butterfly and breast stroke.
03:15
I always had my hair long.
03:18
I had to fold it to put into a swim cap, but yeah,
03:22
I always kept it long.
03:23
There are a lot of things, I think,
03:24
that come with swimming that I miss.
03:27
I was training at quite an elite level,
03:28
and I think that I had to stop because I just...
03:33
I ended up at a gifted and talented school
03:35
and doing schoolwork and doing music,
03:36
and it was too much to do altogether,
03:39
and I miss it sometimes, but I think for me,
03:41
I haven't been in a pool for probably years because it...
03:49
because I trained so hard as a swimmer.
03:51
I miss the camaraderie of being in a group or in a squad
03:54
where you're all going through something together
03:56
and you're all trying to achieve the same thing.
03:58
I really...
03:59
I love that and I kind of miss it.
04:01
I'd like to think I have a lot of secret skills
04:03
or skills I haven't showcased yet.
04:06
I'm hypermobile, so I've always been able to do the splits
04:10
or bring my foot over and touch my head.
04:13
This has be...
04:14
Hang on, I can...
04:16
That would look weird.
04:18
Can we edit it out if it looks really bad?
04:19
[Woman] Yes, we can.
04:20
So, this is...
04:21
I'm on a stool, by the way, so I don't wanna lean back,
04:25
and it's harder when you're standing, but...
04:27
[Woman] That's good enough.
04:28
Yeah. Perfect!
04:30
(laughing)