HBO’s Euphoria: Cast, Characters & Descriptions (with Spoilers)

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A character guide for HBO’s Euphoria featuring cast members names, character descriptions, and noteworthy information.


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Season/ EpisodeSynopsisEpisode InformationTopics & Focused Characters
Season 1, Episode 8 "And Salt the Earth Behind You" [Season Finale]The way Euphoria’s season 1 finale leaves you, it will make you wish you knew a top-level SAT word to surmise the conflicting emotions.
Director(s) Sam Levinson
Writer(s) Sam Levinson
Air Date 8/4/2019
Introduced This Episode
Marsha Paula Marshall
  • The Winter Formal: Kat, Ethan, Cassie, Lexi, Rue, Jules, Nate, Maddy
  • Recognizing Something Is Wrong: Rue, Jules, Cal, Nate, Maddy, Marsha
  • When It All Falls Apart: Cassie, Rue, Jules, Gia, Leslie, Fez, Mouse, Suze
Season 1, Episode 6 “The Next Episode”Like Kat’s episode, so much goes on in McKay’s that he becomes a bit of an afterthought.
Director(s) Pippa Bianco
Writer(s) Sam Levinson
Air Date 7/21/2019
Introduced This Episode
Daniel Keean Johnson
Frederick McKay Cranston Johnson
  • Raising A Football Player, Not A Man: Frederick, McKay
  • Tainted Love: Daniel, Cassie, Kat, Ethan, McKay, Rue, Fezco, Lexi
  • Like Father, Like Son: Jules, Nate, Maddy, Tyler, Rue
Season 1, Episode 7 “The Trials and Tribulations of Trying to Pee While Depressed”Cassie is focused on in this episode, and honestly, after all we’ve gone through, at this point, what tears are left to cry?
Director(s) Sam Levinson
Writer(s) Sam Levinson
Air Date 7/28/2019
Introduced This Episode
Rick Nat Faxon
TC Bobbi Salvor Menuez
Anna Quintessa Swindell
11-year-old Cassie Kyra Adler
Mary O’Neill (Fezco’s Grandmother) Brynda Mattox
Gus Nick Blood
  • Manic Depression Has Taken My Soul: Rue, Lexi, Fezco, Nate, Leslie, Mary, Mouse
  • Can A Boy Replace A Father’s Love & Attention?: Cassie, Gus, Suze, Lexi
  • Bottoming Out: Cassie, McKay, Leslie, Rue, TC, Anna, Fezco, Mouse, Jules, Suze
Season 1, Episode 5 "’03 Bonnie and Clyde"Maddy gets focused on this episode, and it becomes clear that no one has a healthy concept of love – and that could get someone killed.
Director(s) Jennifer Morrison
Writer(s) Sam Levinson
Air Date 7/14/2019
Introduced This Episode
Minako Sean Martini
11 Year Old Maddy Keilani Arellanes
  • What Is Love?: Kat, Ethan, Cassie, McKay
  • From A Broken Home To A Troubling Relationship: Cal, Minako, Maddy, Nate
  • (They/I) Can’t Be Your Everything: Ali, Jules, Rue, Lexi
Season 1, Episode 4 “Shook One: Pt II”Jules’ episode gives us a quick recap of her years up until 16 and leaves us worried if Nate, or even Cal, will make her into a statistic.
Director(s) Sam Levinson
Writer(s) Sam Levinson
Air Date 7/7/2019
Introduced This Episode
Ethan Austin Abrams
Luke Will Peltz
Young Jules Clark Furlong
David John Ales
  • You’ve Been A Bad, Bad Boy: Cassie, McKay, Maddy, Nate, Luke, Kat, Ethan
  • Life Before Rue: Jules
  • Life After Rue: Jules, Nate, Cal, Rue, Gia, David, Ali
Season 1, Episode 3 “Made You Look”While Kat is focused on this episode, Rue going from a blissful manic to an outright depressive state eclipses her episode.
Director(s) Sam Levinson
Writer(s) Sam Levinson
Air Date 6/30/2019
  • Sexuality Is A Spectrum: Nate, Kat, Maddy, Jules
  • Things On A Positive Swing: Kat, McKay, Cassie
  • You Can’t Do What You Did & Leave Me Like This: Jules, Rue, Ali, Fez
Season 1, Episode 2 “Stuntin’ Like My Daddy”Nate and Kat get focused on, and Maddy to a point, as we dig deeper into East Highland and its many screwed up residents.
Director(s) Sam Levinson
Writer(s) Sam Levinson
Air Date 6/23/2019
Introduced This Episode
Kat Barbie Ferreira
Mouse Meeko
Cal Eric Dane
Tyler Lukas Gage
Lexi Maude Apatow
Suze Alanna Ubach
Ali Colman Domingo
Robert Bruce Wexler
Maddy Alexa Demie
  • A Fun Time Made Public: Kat
  • Drugs Are Bad, MMMKay: Gia, Leslie, Mouse, Fezco, Ashtray, Rue, Lexi, Jules
  • For The Love Of You: Cal, Tyler, Nate, Jules, McKay, Cassie, Maddy, Suze
Season 1, Episode 1 “Pilot” [Series Premiere]I want you to imagine the graphic nature of 13 Reasons Why and the realness of Skins (UK) turned up but with better performances, better characters, and more explicit scenes.
Creator(s) Sam Levinson
Director(s) Augustine Frizzell
Writer(s) Sam Levinson
Air Date 6/16/2019
Genre(s) Young Adult, Drama
Good If You Like Bad Behaving Teens Who Are REALLY Messed Up

Adults, Who Are Also Messed Up, Making The Teens Further Messed Up

A Lead Not Looking To Get Better Or Redemption

Just, In General, More Messed Up Moments & Characters Than Good People Living Happily And In Bliss

Isn’t For You If You If You Are Easily Triggered

Don’t Like Seeing Kids Do Drugs, Have Sex, And Get Messed Up

Want Characters, And The Lead, To Be “Likable”

Introduced This Episode
Rue Zendaya
Gia Storm Reid
Jules Hunter Schafer
Nate Jacob Elordi
McKay Algee Smith
Cassie Sydney Sweeney
Fezco Angus Cloud
Ashtray Javon ‘Wanna’ Walton
Leslie Nika King

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Rue (Zendaya)

Rue smiling on the first day of school.
Rue (Zendaya)

Character Description

First Noted In: Season 1, Episode 1 “Pilot” [Series Premiere]

Born 9/14/2001, Rue’s life has been riddled with trauma. It’s so bad actually that there are gaps in her memory from blocking things out and she is upfront that, as a narrator, she isn’t the most reliable. However, from what she says, we are told she has suffered from panic attacks since she was 11 and was even given liquid Valium to calm her down. Between that and her father dying when she was 13, that is what pushed her to be an addict. And even though she recently OD’d, and her sister found her nearly lifeless body on the floor, she still pursues that high which takes her away from the pain.

Additional Information About Rue

  • Over her lifetime, Rue has been diagnosed with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Attention Deficit Disorder, general anxiety, and was considered possibly bipolar.
    • We’re told in episode 7 she formerly took medication for being manic-depressive but stopped. However, with her being sober, as of that episode, it makes the need for her former medication spike.
  • She can’t remember much between the ages of 8 and 12.
  • Rue started to take Oxycontin when she was 13 and it was actually her dad’s Oxycontin she got high off of.
  • In season 1, Rue is 17.
  • Lexi is one of Rue’s sources of information.
  • Rue is somewhere on the queer spectrum.
  • Rue’s first kiss was when she was 12 and since then she has given 4 handjobs, two blow jobs, and had sex with a boy once. She has also french kissed Lexi, but never been in love.
    • Lost her virginity at 15.

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