Zendaya Wants Euphoria Season 3 To Explore Characters Post High School

Zendaya shares her thoughts on seeing Euphoria characters out of high school in season 3. The hit HBO series that earned the actress an Emmy Award enjoyed a hugely successful season 2 run earlier this year, bringing in record-breaking viewership numbers for the network and 16 Emmy nominations. Each episode also brought with it a whirlwind on social media, causing a frenzy with viral Tweets, TikToks, and Reddit posts analyzing the show. Euphoria follows Rue, a teenager struggling with addiction, along with her high school classmates, and confronts themes of domestic abuse, sexuality, identity, and mental health problems. Written by showrunner Sam Levinson, Euphoria features an ensemble cast including Maude Apatow, Alexa Demie, Jacob Elordi, Barbie Ferreira, Storm Reid, Hunter Schafer, and Syndey Sweeney.


After a nearly 3-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, season 2 of Euphoria picked up right where season 1 left off and saw the stakes rise drastically for Rue and her peers, with darker storylines forcing them to deal with the consequences of their actions. As the cast has received a massive amount of media attention since the show's premiere in 2019, viewers have pointed out that the actors are now older looking than the typical high school student. To make matters worse, it's been reported that season 3 of Euphoria cannot begin production until 2024 due to Zendaya's busy shooting schedule, aging the cast a few more years. This has caused many loyal fans to wonder where the next installment, which could be Euphoria's last, will pick up. Now Zendaya is teasing it may take place post-high school.

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During an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Zendaya shares her opinion on seeing Euphoria characters after they've aged out of high school. Apparently, Zendaya agrees with some fans in that it would be exciting to see them moved on from their teenage phase, and how the characters are tackling the real world. See her full comments below:

I think it’ll be exciting to explore the characters out of high school. I want to see what Rue looks like in her sobriety journey, how chaotic that might look. But also with all the characters, in the sense where they’re trying to figure out what to do with their lives when high school is over and what kind of people they want to be. What was special about this season was that we got to dive into [the other characters] in a much deeper sense. I think we can do that again with the third season. There’s so much talent, you want to make sure everybody has the chance to have that.

Rue in front of a ferris wheel in Euphoria.

It seems Zendaya is on board with the post-high school idea and would like to see the characters more grown-up than in previous seasons. Considering fans have only seen them during their formative years, it would be exciting to see just how much Euphoria's characters have (or haven't) grown up since high school. Season 2 saw major character arcs for the likes of fan-favorites Maddy (Demie) and Lexi (Apatow), but some, including Jules (Schafer) and Cassie (Sweeney), have a while to go before redeeming themselves. In addition, Rue has had to face her addiction while living at home, so it could provide a whole new set of challenges for her once she decides to tackle life on her own.

Besides the practical fact that most of the actors will be near their late 20s and early 30s by the time Euphoria season 3 begins filming, it seems a smart move to turn the clock forward for the next season. Many of the problems that come with being in high school have been addressed by the show already and there are endless additional storylines to explore. However, it would be tricky to jump forward to college, since that will likely see the characters end up in different places. Whatever happens, Levinson has a lot of work ahead of him in ensuring Euphoria can keep up the momentum for season 3. But with Zendaya serving as producer it will hopefully live up to expectations.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter