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‘13 Reasons Why’ Star Miles Heizer Talks Alex's Season 2 Recovery
This post contains minor spoilers about season two of13 Reasons Why.
The biggest cliffhanger leading out of last year’s13 Reasons Whyfinale centered on Alex (Miles Heizer), who was revealed to have shot himself in the head after months of struggling with guilt over the role he played in Hannah Baker’s death. Despite a popular fan theory suggesting that the “self-inflicted” part was misdirection and that Alex had actually been shot by Tyler, season two swiftly reveals that Alex did indeed try to kill himself, and that he survived. Months later, he seems to be making a good recovery – supported by Jessica, Zach, and Alex’s parents – but the brain injury has left him with severely limited movement on one side of his body, and almost no memory of the months leading up to his suicide attempt.
Cosmopolitan.com sat down with Heizer earlier this month to discuss Alex’s recovery, the physical challenges of this season, and why he wishes he could have seen the show as a teenager.
How did you approach the physical challenge of playing Alex this season?
It was a weird experience in a lot of ways, because there were definitely moments where I had to force myself to remember, “no, you can't use this side of your body, or if you're going to it's a real struggle.”
I got to meet with some physical therapists and psychologists prior, who had dealt with people that were in Alex’s situation, that had suffered a traumatic brain injury or survived a suicide attempt. It was helpful to hear from them what that might look like, but the physical aspect was definitely challenging. I had a leg brace on that went into my shoe, so I couldn’t bend my foot, which was actually really uncomfortable and therefore really helpful, just to keep in mind the physicality of it.
Alex is shown repeatedly playing this first-person shooter game, and it’s a little ambiguous what’s happening in those scenes — is he just trying to trigger his memories?
Often for someone who’s experiencing any type of memory loss, there are these little things that trigger somewhat of a blurry memory. I think that for Alex, he wants to remember so badly because he wants to feel relevant in terms of helping Hannah and Jessica, helping the trial, and so he’s just trying anything he can to recover those memories. The video game is one thing that’s triggering to him, but there are obviously very good reasons why his parents wouldn’t want him playing that kind of game, so it becomes a problem.
Right before Alex’s suicide attempt last season, his father tells him that he’s going to get him out of having to testify at the trial. How does his relationship with his parents evolve this season?
It’s so complex because prior to his suicide attempt, he had all of this guilt and anxiety and he really shut them out. He didn’t open up to them at all about Hannah, or about anything, so his dad didn’t have all the information. Coming out of the trauma he’s now experienced, I think Alex has moments where he sees what a rash decision that was, and he sees the position he would have left his parents in, and he feels a lot more guilt over that. But he’s trying to respect them while also respecting himself, which I think a lot of teenagers can relate to. Teenagers’ relationships with their parents often aren’t really explored in much depth, but at that age it’s your primary relationship, they’re the people you live with. I think it’s good to dig into it and to maybe try and set an example: your parents are people too, so try to treat them well.
This is a show in which teenage boys show a lot of emotion and are given opportunities to be vulnerable, which isn’t necessarily common on TV.
It’s so important that we’re showing that, because a lot of times it’s not really depicted, and there is this weird culture of intense masculinity, this “boys don't cry” idea. The notion that you’re not supposed to show how you feel is really detrimental, not just to yourself but to the way you end up treating other people. Emotions are nothing to be ashamed of, and I’m glad to be on a show that depicts that, and a show that encourages talking, having a dialogue, going to therapy, because these are things that really helped me in my own life. And I’m especially happy to be encouraging that for young people, because I wish I would have been doing some of that when I was a teenager.
You were midway through filming when the #MeToo movement began. Did that change the conversations you were having on set?
It did. Not that sexual abuse and misuse of power weren’t already happening long before that, but it just happened that it became a topic people were talking about, thank God, and ironically it happened while we were filming this second season where it’s so central. I think more than anything it encouraged us; it made it feel like we’re doing something good here, and it’s exciting to be able to premiere the show at a time when people are talking about it and thinking about it.
This interview has been edited and condensed.
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