One thing is for sure, growing up as a teenager in this day and age is definitely not an easy thing to do. With social media, we readily have access to a whole world of things – both the good, and the bad. In HBO’s new, drama series, Euphoria, it dives in deep to the struggles that high-schoolers are dealing with – from drugs to finding their identity, trauma, social media, love and friendships. The series is jaw-dropping, eye-opening and presents a real depiction of what many teenagers grapple with today.
Euphoria is adapted from the Israeli series of the same name and is written and created by the remarkable Sam Levinson for US television. The series is executive-produced by none other than music mogul, Drake as well as Sam Levinson and Future the Prince.
The series focuses on Rue, played by profound actress, Zendaya. Viewers are introduced to 17-year-old Rue who just got out of rehab. Despite what was supposed to be a “new chapter” for Rue, she finds herself yearning for that same feeling – an escape – that only drugs can give her. Zendaya’s performance in the series is truly exceptional. She has once again proven how much of a versatile actress she is and she can take on any role and do justice to it. Throughout the series, we then meet other important characters including a transgender girl named Jules, played by Hunter Schafer, who just moved into town. Also starring in the series is Storm Reid, who plays Rue’s younger sister, Gia, Nika King, who plays Rue’s mom, Jacob Elordi, who plays Nate, Barbie Ferreira, who takes on the role of Kat Hernandez, Algee Smith, who plays McKay, Maude Apatow, who portrays the role of Lexi, Alexa Demi, who plays Maddy and Sydney Sweeney, who plays Cassie. Each of these incredible actors and actresses bring the stories of their characters to life in such a captivating way. We learn about these teens and feel the emotions they feel, we struggle with them and we sympathize for them with all the problems they go through.
Sam Levinson, who not only wrote, created and executive-produced the series, also directed five of the series’ eight episodes. During the premiere of Euphoria, Levinson shared his own struggles with addiction. Now, 14 years clean, Levinson strives to let viewers of Euphoria know that if they are dealing with similar problems and fighting with addiction, they are not alone. It’s clear to see that Levinson put his heart and soul into this project and he truly did such an awe-inspiring job.
The star-studded premiere of Euphoria took place on June 4, 2019 at the Arclight Cinemas Hollywood in Hollywood, California. The cast of the show proudly attended the event to showcase the terrific work they did in the series. In addition, music legend Drake also attended the event as well as Future the Prince and Sam Levinson. After a screening of the first episode, an epic after-party took place at the Neuehouse.
I, Alexisjoyvipaccess had an outstanding time attending the premiere of Euphoria. This series shows the raw realities of being a teenager and it reminds us all to always be compassionate of others as we never know what someone is going through.
Check out some more pictures below from the premiere of Euphoria. Euphoria premieres on HBO on June 16th at 10pm!
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