Walsh plays the mother of Hannah Baker, a young girl who has taken her own life and left behind a series of taped clues linked to her final days. In the series, Walsh’s character must face every parent’s worst nightmare—one that’s all too real for those who’ve lost loved ones. With this in mind, the actress took her preparation for the role seriously.
“I spoke to two parents that had a child that died by suicide and I spoke to a psychiatrist, who deals with family therapists, but particularly with families that lost someone in the family to suicide, so it was really helpful to talk to people from both areas and to get as specific as I could,” Walsh explained to E!
The Private Practice star recognized that this role was bigger than just her, and because of that she wanted to do the “most honest and honorable job you can to those who have had to deal with that kind of tragedy,” she said.
Ultimately, Walsh hopes the show will make a positive impact, providing a better understanding of both suicide risks and prevention.
“Like with this show, unfortunately, we wait for terrible things to happen to get framework and education on how to prevent this stuff from happening,” she told People. “It’s up to us to educate ourselves, police ourselves and to put limitations on ourselves.”
The series debuts on Netflix Friday.
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