’13 Reasons Why’ New Star, Grace Saif Leaves Instagram After Fan Backlash over Her Character, Ani Achola

Netflix released season 3 of 13 Reasons Why and fans had a strong reaction to it. That’s because things switched up with Grace Saif playing Ani Achola, who was in the forefront of the show. Find out why Saif left Instagram and more about the backlash.

Ani Achola is a new character that narrates the show

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Season 3 really surprised fans with a new character who narrates the show. Ani Achola is a new student who investigates a murder and has no problem with lying. She is also on the side of Bryce Walker (Justin Prentice) who has hurt so many people.

The new character wasn’t welcomed by the fans. Many were hoping that her character will be killed off.

The cast stood behind the change. Anne Winters defended the character in an interview with People.

“I think her role was very important this season, because, you know, you need someone that has the other side of Bryce,” she said. “And we wouldn’t have really gotten to see that unless there was some sort of new character that was living with him. That had to be … that’s vital to the story to see. And Ani is amazing, Grace who plays Ani is like the sweetest girl ever. I really loved her character this season.”

Alisha Boe, who plays Jessica, also talked about the different take on Bryce in this new season. “I thought it was fascinating, honestly,” she told TV Guide. “It gives dimensions to Monty (Timothy Granaderos) and Bryce, because it happens to both of them.”

She then added, “I thought it was absolutely fascinating. I think it’s really going to upset audiences because it humanizes them, because they are human beings. But, it’s not excusing anything that they did. It’s not meant to be redeemable. It’s just showing you the whole story.”

There is a petition to get rid of her character

Rona Morison, Helena Wilson, Grace Saif, Nicola Coughlan and Emma Hindle
(L to R) Rona Morison, Helena Wilson, Grace Saif, Nicola Coughlan and Emma Hindle “The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie” | David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images

Fans were so passionate about hating her character that they created a petition on Change.org. It is calling for a change moving forward.

“I believe season 3 of 13 Reasons why has not lived up to everyone’s expectations. It seems they’ve added a new character called Ani Achola who has become a main character however was not in the previous seasons. Clearly the writers became very lazy but I believe us viewers deserve a better storyline following on from season 2,” reads the description of the page.

Although it seems to be a popular opinion, there are only 30 signatures on the petition.

Grace Saif is no longer on Instagram

Saif has been dealing with a lot of negative comments due to her character. It looks like the actress is taking a break from social media because of it.

Her Instagram account is still active, but there are no posts or a profile picture on it. The new star hasn’t said much about her position on the show.

Granaderos is another co-star who took on fans by posting a picture on Instagram with the caption, “Whether or not you support, like, or love, a character in our fictional tv show—please remember that there is a talented and beautiful actor/actress bringing those scripted words to life.”