As far back as 2007, Hollywood had eyes on adapting Jay Asher's book, 13 Reasons Why. The author turned down several production companies that wanted to bring his unique blend of teen drama and noir-ish mystery to screen, because, as he's said, "I didn't need to see my book turned into a movie to be satisfied." The person who changed Asher's mind? Selena Gomez.
Since debuting on Netflix at the end of March, response to 13 Reasons Why has been through the roof, with fans reacting to the series' tragic drama, passing around Jeff Atkins memes, and wondering why Gomez, Disney-star-turned-pop-princess, was making press rounds and hanging around the cast. She's not in the show so... what gives? The answer is complicated -- but here's the story, presented as a timeline, of how Gomez got the TV version of 13 Reasons Why made.