Anyone who watches 13 Reasons Why knows Tommy Dorfman as the guy who plays Ryan, a creative teenage poet and the subject of one of Hannah Baker's cassette tapes. Prior to landing this role on the hit Netflix drama, Tommy had only had a few small acting gigs beforehand. That's why this project meant a whole lot to him – not only because of the success it has reached, but also because of the important topics it brings up, like suicide and bullying.
"I'm pleased that it's had such an impact of viewers and has started conversations about suicide and bullying an abuse amongst kids and their parents, teachers and students, news anchors and guests," Tommy revealed in an interview.
Tommy truly still can't believe how many lives 13 Reasons Why has touched, as he had not been dwelling on the success it would potentially reach during his time filming the series.
"I'm still shocked. Shooting is a highly insulated environment, where I forget that what we're working on might be seen by people – let alone millions of people across the globe," the actor spilled. "I feel a great sense of responsibility to our fans and viewers. I’m a people pleaser, and I want to help everyone who DM’s me, so I make sure to promote organizations that fans can reach out to if they’re struggling."
The actor added that the cast is what really made the experience extra special.
Tommy added, "What a gift and a blessing it is to get to do what I love alongside extremely talented and experienced people."
This story originally appeared on our sister site, M magazine.