How Did Katherine Langford Turn Up To Become A Netflix’s Star?
Katherine Langford is recognized for portraying the characters such as Hannah Baker and Nimue (or the Lady of the Lake) in Netflix shows 13 Reasons Why and Cursed, respectively.
But, Langford isn’t just troubled Hannah or warrior(ish) Lady of the Lake — there’s probably a lot you don’t know about the actress who plays her.
Let us give you an insight into childhood, family life, role models, and the road to the first role of our favorite actress.
Who is Katherine Langford Off-Screen?
The 24-year-old actress is an Australian native who was born in Perth, Western Australia, and was brought up in Applecross, a riverside suburb of Perth.
The diva is the eldest daughter of Stephen Langford and Elizabeth Green Langford, who are professionally into medical services.
Langford’s father, Stephen Langford, is a flying doctor. He is currently serving as a director for Voyager Performance Pty Ltd, according to his Linkedin profile. On the other hand, her mother, Elizabeth Langford, is a qualified pediatrician based in Perth, Australia.
And let’s not miss out on the fact that the Cursed star has a younger sister named Josephine Langford, who is also a renowned actress in Australia. The younger Langford has starred in movies such as After We Collided, After, and Wish Upon.
Acting was not Langford’s First Love
You might not believe it on the first go, but it is true that Katherine Langford—who is an immensely talented actress—had never thought of pursuing a career in the entertainment industry in the beginning.
Growing up, Landford was infinitely allured towards music. She started taking jazz, classical, and contemporary vocal training at the age of nine. Her love for music further led her to Perth Modern School, where she studied musical theatre.
In her high school years, she had the top three job preferences that included medicine, politics, and musical theater. Then, she was also a national swimmer at her high school.
What Inspired Her to Pursue Acting?
Katherine Langford was inspired to pursue music after she attended Lady Gaga’s concert at age 16. After that, she received a musical diploma and decided to pursue a career in acting.
The actress revealed Entertainment Weekly that she was moved by Lady Gaga’s performance and was spiritually inspired to become a performer herself, too.
Langford’s words, “I don’t know what happened. It was like a spiritual experience, and I was so moved by her performance that I went home and that week I taught myself how to play piano.”
Following the instinct, the 13 Reasons Why famed actress kept swimming on pause and began taking acting classes at the age of 17. More so, she got herself an agent who arranged acting auditions for her.
Does Landford Have Any Other Role Models?
Langford was always fascinated by the female protagonists in movies or shows. In particular, the Cursed actress loved watching actresses such as Angelina Jolie and Jennifer Lawrence in Tomb Raider and The Hunger Games, respectively.
In an interview with Popsugar, she revealed that she looked up to these actresses (Angelina Jolie and Jennifer Lawrence) as her role models, in addition to Lady Gaga.
“I grew up watching people like Angelina Jolie in Tomb Raider, Jennifer Lawrence in The Hunger Games, and those kind of role models and characters were so inspiring to me,” remembered Langford.
Road to Her First Role
After deciding to pursue acting, the-then teenage Katherine Langford struggled for three years to get herself admitted into reputed acting schools. However, her admission applications were turned down because of her lack of experience. She even felt that she “was just at rock bottom” at that point in her life.
One of the biggest lessons I think I've ever had was when I got into drama school after three years of auditioning. I was asked to test for two projects in the US and the UK. So I turned down drama school to do them and was rejected from both.
-Katherine Langford told Glamour magazine
But the determined Langford was not ready to give up at any cost even though she was jobless and had faced several disappointments previously. Hence, she kept auditioning for various projects in the hope of landing into something good.
In that process, she sent an audition tape for Netflix’s series 13 Reasons Why. A few days later, the show managers informed that they were impressed with her audition and that she had been selected to play the main lead character of Hannah Baker in the series.
She was proud of her young self during the interview with Glamour. “I had to harness a lot of strength to keep doing it. I nearly quit. I think I nearly wouldn’t be here if I hadn’t kept going. I’m very grateful and thankful that it all worked out and young Katherine kept doing her thing,” told Langford.
The Role of Hannah Baker Made Her Over-Night Sensation
Katherine Langford debuted as Hannah Baker in Netflix’s 13 Reasons Why in 2017.
The effortless portrayal of a teenage girl experiencing loneliness, confusion, hopelessness, depression, and ultimately taking her own life brought the Australian rookie into the limelight. Plus, the actress bagged six nominations, including Golden Globe Awards for the breakthrough role.
The over-night sensation Langford then went on to bag several acting projects in the next few years
Katherine Langford stars in Netflix shows 13 Reasons Why and Cursed (Photo: Netflix)
Standing firm on her reputation of being a commendable actress, she worked on the second season of 13 Reasons Why and went on to work on projects such as Love, Simon, and Knives Out in successive years.
Recently, on July 17, 2020, the Netflix star was seen in the Netflix series named Cursed. Her performance as the Lady of the Lake in the latest fantasy series has been well received.