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Zendaya says Euphoria’s second season is ‘not going to be a fun watch’

Bring on the trauma, baby!

Euphoria fans, prepare yourselves. Zendaya has revealed that the show’s long-awaited second season “is not going to be a fun watch”. 

The 24-year-old actor – who won an Emmy for her leading role as Rue in the drama series – shared that the second season will be “intense” in an interview with Teen Vogue on Monday (July 19). 

“It’s a difficult season, I’m kinda in the middle of it. I had like a 2:30AM wrap time last night, we’re in the thick of it,” she said, highlighting this season’s intensive plotlines and production. 

She continued: “But, you know... it’s very personal to, not only ourselves and all the people who work on it, but also, to other people who have been able to relate so deeply to the characters or see their experiences being reflected through Rue.” To many viewers, the series – which covers topics including addiction, sex work, sexuality, and mental health – provides an accurate representation of being a young adult in 2021. 

Further, Zendaya explained how season two will include some tough development for our favourite characters. “It’s a challenging season. It’s gonna be hard and it's gonna be devastating sometimes, but I think Rue really deserves all of that care when it comes to her character, because I think she represents a lot for so many people,” she said. “I hope to make those people proud with our depictions of Rue (and) where all the characters go. I think this season’s not going to be easy, though.”

In May, the actor shared hints at the new season by posting an Instagram story of actor Angus Cloud, who plays drug dealer Fez, with the caption, “Missed this kid”. Otherwise, a new viral TikTok sees Zendaya breaking into an apartment window while filming for the show. It may not mean much, but we'll take what we can get at this point.

Besides, A24 is releasing a collection of eight books going behind the scenes of each episode of the series’ first season – including interviews with cast members Alexa Demie, Barbie Ferreira, and more, as well as photographs shot by Jacob Elrodi, a Q&A with make-up artist Donni Davey, and a special look at Hunter Schafer’s sketch book. The books are available online now.

Elsewhere, The Weeknd has teamed up with Euphoria’s creator Sam Levinson to co-write and star in a new TV series, The Idol, which follows a female club owner’s romance with “an enigmatic LA club owner who is the leader of a secret cult”. 

While we wait for more Euphoria teasers, check out our round up of the show’s best beauty looks here.