“It was definitely difficult,” said actress Kaitlyn Dever who plays protagonist Marie Adler in the Netflix drama series Unbelievable based on a true story. “I’ve been acting for I guess 12 years now and very rarely given the opportunity to shed light on such an important story like this one. This is something that actually happened to someone, so I knew the importance of it going into it. I really wanted to respect Marie. I just began with knowing her story like the back of her hand; knowing her prior to the assault and after. I had a lot of source material on Marie at the very beginning stages and also had a handle on the foster care system. It’s based heavily on the foster care system.”
Unbelievable is the true story of Marie, a teenager who was charged with lying about having been raped, and the two female detectives who followed the path to the truth. A special screening of the critically acclaimed series was held at the Hart Senate office building co-hosted by CBS Studios, RAINN, Senator John Cornyn, and Senator Dianne Feinstein (co-sponsors of the Debbie Smith Act which looks to end the rape kit backlog) followed by a panel moderated by Camille Cooper, vice president of public policy at RAINN.