From 2017 to 2018, Brian d’Arcy James portrayed Andy Baker in the Netflix drama “13 Reasons Why.” The series focuses on the aftermath of the suicide of a teenage girl called Hannah Baker (Katherine Langford), who leaves behind a series of tapes detailing her motives … and the people behind said motives.
James’ character is the loving, yet work-oriented father of Hannah, who struggles to come to terms with the situation, sues Hannah’s school with his wife, Olivia (Kate Walsh), and ultimately, their lives unravel as certain imperfections unfold. However, the same certainly didn’t apply to the actors themselves, who worked very well together.
“I adore Kate and I think she’s remarkable,” James told BriefTake ahead of the show’s Season 2 in 2018. “The time we spent creating that relationship and working on that relationship, from an actor’s point of view, and trying to get all the nooks and crannies of a marriage in crisis and trauma, it felt really good to come back to that relationship and that dynamic.”
Interestingly, both Walsh and James went on to join superhero franchises. James, of course, appears in “Hawkeye,” while Walsh plays the central antagonist, The Handler, in Netflix’s “The Umbrella Academy.”
If you or anyone you know is having suicidal thoughts, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).