Zendaya Has a Frustrating Update on 'Euphoria' Season 2
Who else is desperate for news about Euphoria season 2? Less than a month after premiering on HBO back in 2019, the gritty teen drama that sparked a resurgence of glitter eyeshadow was renewed for a second season.
"Euphoria creator Sam Levinson has built an incredible world with an extraordinary cast led by the supremely talented Zendaya," HBO's EVP of programming, Francesca Orsi, said in July 2019. "We are so grateful that he chose HBO as the home for this groundbreaking series. We look forward to following these complex characters as their journeys continue through the challenging world they inhabit."
Now, a full year later, not too much is known about the second season—especially amid the coronavirus pandemic. However, here's everything we do know:
A renewal was announced in July 2019.
The cast and crew got together for a season 2 table read. Zendaya (whose character, Rue, seems to be very much alive, despite the ambiguous season finale) was pictured next to her costar Angus Cloud (Rue's somewhat loveable drug dealer, Fez) during a table read shared in mid-March.
Some new faces will be joining the cast. Back in January, a cast listing reportedly surfaced, revealing three alleged new characters, but all we know for sure is that Kelvin Harrison Jr. (Waves, The High Note) was spotted in photos of the second season table read.
“It was something that we had talked about for a while, because I wanted to be on [the first season] and things didn’t really go that way,” Harrison Jr. told Variety in May. “Suddenly, all the stars aligned and I got to be there. We did our first couple table reads and they were amazing. And we did our camera test and costume fittings were underway, and sets were being built … we were ready to go. And then the pandemic hit; coronavirus said, ‘Sit down.’ But, it’s exciting and everyone is so wonderful on that show. The cast is so fun and sweet and smart and it’s going to be really special. I’m happy to be part of it.”
Filming was supposed to begin in March—until coronavirus shut down production. "We were supposed to go back to work, I believe, on March 16. And three or four days before that, they were shut down," Zendaya told MJ Rodriguez for Variety's Actors on Actors issue. "I can't complain. I’m very lucky to be safe and healthy and still know that I have a job, Euphoria, that will be there. I think all we ever wanted was for people to feel seen through our work. And so that’s all I want to continue to do, to show the human side of what addiction does to a person. Hopefully, I get to get back into my Chucks and do it again."
Zendaya is reportedly dating costar Jacob Elordi. Okay, this isn't really about Euphoria, but Zendaya and Elordi are so cute together, despite his terrifying performance as the toxic popular psychopath, Nate Jacobs.
Zendaya was nominated for the Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series. As she absolutely deserves to be.
(I'm still disappointed there was no Emmys nod for Hunter Schafer, who portrayed Rue's complicated confidant, Jules, but that's a separate conversation.)
Who knows when we'll actually see Euphoria season 2? "I do miss Rue," Zendaya told InStyle for her September cover story. "She's like my little sister in a lot of ways. And going back to that character is a home base for me." But when will that be?!
“There is a beautiful second season that has been written,” Zendaya assured. "But in order to do it the way we want to do it, we need to wait until it's safer."
This post will be updated as more information is revealed.
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