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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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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.

Gia (Storm Reid)

Gia (Storm Reid) worried about her sister Rue.
Gia (Storm Reid)

Character Description

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

Rue’s little sister who, based on the pilot, seems without her sister’s ailments. Also, despite how Rue can be, the two actually have quite a close relationship. Maybe not to the point of spending a lot of time together out of the house, but they don’t argue as much as you may expect and Gia doesn’t look down on her sis.

Additional Information About Gia

  • Per the information given in episode 3, Gia is around 14 or 15.
  • She is the one who discovered Rue when she overdosed.
  • Loves “My So-Called Life,” which happens to be the director/ writer’s favorite show.

Jules (Hunter Schafer) & Young Jules (Clark Furlong)

Character Description

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

A new girl in town who is from a nearby city, Jules’ parents recently divorced and her dad gained custody over her. It isn’t clear how she feels about that but considering her dad isn’t a bigot nor overly protective, considering she is trans, she seems happy – for the most part. However, while comfortable, she is also lonely, and that makes Rue entering her life, at first, a good thing. Though if it remains so long term is a whole different story.

Additional Information About Jules

  • She moved to town a week before school started and had to do some summer school.
  • Has dreams of going to New York for college so that she can be a designer.
  • Formerly was an avid cutter due to body dysmorphia.
  • Started transitioning when she was 13.
  • Used to go see a psychologist, and was on meds when she was around 7 or 8. It isn’t noted if she has stopped taking medication or seeing a psychologist.
  • Focused on in Episode 4 of Season 1.
  • Is based on a real person.

Nate (Jacob Elordi)

Nate (Jacob Elordi) pissed and about to hurt Jules.
Nate (Jacob Elordi)

Character Description

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

Nate is a leader amongst the local boys and spreads the gospel of toxic masculinity amongst the masses. He also is one of the admins for a shared site that shares nudes and videos of local girls.

Additional Information About Nate

  • During a freshman dance, he assaulted Rue.
  • When he was 11 he discovered his father’s porn collection. Which, between the discovery and his dad coercing him to be hyper-masculine at age 12, that created the foundation for the Nate we see in the series.
    • Also, thanks to seeing his dad’s porn collection, featuring his dad having sex with a bunch of young men, or trans girls, he is highly uncomfortable with seeing other guys penises.
  • He is the quarterback and team captain.
  • Nate like a traditionally feminine girl, but not one that is meek or a pushover. Yet, also not someone aggressive in a masculine way either.
  • His jersey number is #18
  • Focused on in season 1, episode 2.

Charles McKay (Algee Smith)

McKay (Algee Smith) listening to Nate and others trash Cassie.
McKay (Algee Smith)

Character Description

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

Often referred to as McKay, he is one of Nate’s friends but is a bit of an outlier. He isn’t a soiled douche, seems to respect women more than the rest, and doesn’t seem tainted by his environment. However, don’t see him as a saint since it isn’t like he is waiting for marriage and all that. He is just a nice guy who hangs with a**holes. May even be susceptible to their influence on occasion.

Additional Information About Charles

  • He is a freshman in college and trying to join a fraternity.
  • Focused on in season 1, episode 6.

Cassie (Sydney Sweeney)

Cassie (Sydney Sweeney) looking at McKay.
Cassie (Sydney Sweeney)

Character Description

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

Sister to one of Rue’s childhood friends, she and Charles are seeing each other and even hook up in the pilot. She also happens to be one of the girls Nate has nude pictures of and an alleged video. Because of that, Charles is slightly uncomfortable with her, and they have a rapey looking first time until he stops. But, even with them communicating about mutual pleasure, it seems if their relationship is going to work out, he’ll have to get past his friends slut-shaming her.

Additional Information About Cassie

  • Focused on in season 1, episode 7.
  • As a child, she used to do figure skating.
  • One of the primary reasons behind her nude pictures and videos was trying to make her boyfriends happy and, one could submit, the inconsistency, then utter absence, of her father Gus.

Fezco (Angus Cloud)

Fezco (Angus Cloud) looking at the camera when introduced.
Fezco (Angus Cloud)

Character Description

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

Rue’s favorite dealer and probably one of her few friends before Jules comes into her life. He is someone very chill, and while he does deal to teens with a bit of indifference, there is something about Rue he digs. Not romantically or sexually, but it does seem he recognizes something in her that makes him wish she didn’t pursue getting as f**ed up as she usually does. Though, with that said, he doesn’t try to stop her.

Additional Information About Fezco

  • Is a high school drop out who mostly deals with the local teens.
  • According to Nate, Fez dropped out of high school at 20.
  • When not dealing to local teens, Fez takes care of his grandmother Mary.

Ashtray (Javon ‘Wanna’ Walton)

Ashtray (Javon ‘Wanna’ Walton) as Fezco talks to Mouse.
Ashtray (Javon ‘Wanna’ Walton)

Character Description

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

Fezco’s sidekick, who can’t be more than 12, and seems to be a connoisseur of MDMA and Ecstasy-type pills.

Additional Information About Ashtray

  • Works and lives together with Fezco, and assumingly is his little brother.
  • Ashtray is highly knowledgeable in chemistry as well as Bitcoin.

Leslie (Nika King)

Leslie (Nika King) smirking.
Leslie (Nika King)

Character Description

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

Gia and Roe’s mother, who is trying to raise both girls by herself and is struggling with Rue.

Additional Information About Leslie

  • When her husband, Robert, had cancer, she worked two jobs to support the household and pay medical bills.

Kat (Barbie Ferreira)

Katherine Hernandez (Barbie Ferreira) sitting on the school's bleachers.
Katherine Hernandez (Barbie Ferreira)

Character Description

First Noted In: Season 1, Episode 2 “Stuntin’ Like My Daddy”

Of her friend group, Kat was one of the last to lose her virginity and this bothered her a bit. Partly due to her friends teasing her about it, but also because it caused a bit of insecurity. However, what she’d never predict would be her first time, with a boy name Wes, would lead to a sex tape circulated throughout school. Much less, that said sex tape would trigger a shift in Kat’s plans on how to make money.

Additional Information About Kat

  • Comes from a two-parent household.
  • Before high school, Kat was quite a famous smut fan fiction writer on Tumblr and her Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson boy love story reached 184,000 notes. Also, it garnered her over 53,000 followers.
  • Focused on in season 1, episode 3.
  • Isn’t so much insecure about her body, in a dysmorphic way, as much as the lack of a positive response to it by others.
  • Works part-time as a cam girl/ online dominatrix.

Maddy (Alexa Demie)

Character Description

First Noted In: Season 1, Episode 2 “Stuntin’ Like My Daddy”

Nate’s off and on girlfriend, as well as head cheerleader, like many on the show, is a 17-year-old who likes to party, have sex, and get a little twisted. Not to the same extent as Rue, but she certainly isn’t a square.

Additional Information About Maddy

  • One of the issues of her and Nate’s relationship is how he picks her apart. Leading to, among other things she is forced to over analyze, her questioning the size of her areolas.
  • Mom is an esthetician, and dad a drunk.
    • Mom and dad haven’t been intimate since she was 10.
  • Maddy is 17 in season 1
  • Lost her virginity at 14 to a 40-year-old man.
  • Sharon Stone in Casino became her inspiration after her mother ended her dreams of becoming a pageant queen.

Mouse (Meeka)

Mouse (Meeko) around the time he drugs Rue.
Mouse (Meeko)

Character Description

First Noted In: Season 1, Episode 2 “Stuntin’ Like My Daddy”

One of Fezco’s drug supplies, he delivers to Fezco what Ashtray can’t cook up. But it is also worth noting, unlike Fezco, Mouse is a gangster. So that laid back Mac Miller vibe Fezco has, Mouse doesn’t have the same attitude. He is an actual gangster. One who may like Fezco, but will extort from him if he must.

Additional Information About Mouse

  • He nearly rapes Rue, after giving her Fentanyl and expecting a payment, in season 1, episode 2. Which is stopped thanks to him extorting from Fezco $600.

Cal (Eric Dane)

Cal (Eric Dane) at one of Nate's football games.
Cal (Eric Dane)

Character Description

First Noted In: Season 1, Episode 2 “Stuntin’ Like My Daddy”

Nate’s father who is a married man and a closet homosexual. One who often preys on young effeminate men or trans girls. But, to offload his self-hatred, he tries his best to present himself as hypermasculine and instilled the same values in Nate.

Additional Information About Cal

  • Cal is a real estate developer and according to Rue, he has built half the town. Especially the new apartment buildings.
  • Is well known for his chili.

Tyler (Lukas Cage)

Tyler (Lukas Cage) being confronted by Nate.
Tyler (Lukas Cage)

Character Description

First Noted In: Season 1, Episode 2 “Stuntin’ Like My Daddy”

Tyler is the unlucky boy, well man, who is accused of having sex with an allegedly blacked out Maddy. Someone who was very much sober when she initiated them having sex in a pool, which had many eyewitnesses and camera footage.

Additional Information About Tyler

  • His name is used by Nate to hide his true identity when talking to Jules.
  • Is 22.

Lexi (Maude Apatow)

Lexi (Maude Apatow) talking to Rue in the bathroom.
Lexi (Maude Apatow)

Character Description

First Noted In: Season 1, Episode 2 “Stuntin’ Like My Daddy”

Lexi is Rue’s childhood friend who seems to be one of Rue’s sources when it comes to talking about other people’s lives. Also, she is the source of pee which keeps Leslie unaware of her daughter’s drug use. She is also Cassie’s sister and Suze’s daughter.

Additional Information About Lexi

  • For most of Lexi’s life, it seems she hasn’t really been close to anyone. There was a certain jealousy of her sister, who got everyone’s attention, her dad was absent, and her mom an alcoholic. Hence why she puts up with Rue’s antics far more than others might.

Suze (Alanna Ubach)

Suze (Alanna Ubach) as Cassie goes with McKay for the weekend.
Suze (Alanna Ubach)

Character Description

First Noted In: Season 1, Episode 2 “Stuntin’ Like My Daddy”

Cassie and Lexi’s alcoholic mother who seems to spend more time in and around Cassie’s life than Lexi’s. At least, considering how much she teases Cassie, when guest are around, you can assume she is closer to her than Lexi who seems to stay to herself.

Additional Information About Suze

  • Suze hasn’t necessarily had a terrible life, but she did have a terrible marriage. One which had infidelity, caused insecurity, and is one of the sources to why Suze often drinks herself into slumber.

Ali (Colman Domingo)

Ali (Colman Domingo speaking during a group meeting.
Ali (Colman Domingo)

Character Description

First Noted In: Season 1, Episode 2 “Stuntin’ Like My Daddy”

A father of two, and former firefighter, Ali is one of the people who goes to, speaks at, Rue’s narcotics anonymous meetings.

Additional Information About Ali

  • His drug of choice was crack.
  • His daughters live in Texas.
  • Throughout the season becomes the voice of reason, or hard truths, for Rue.

Robert (Bruce Wexler)

Robert (Bruce Wexler) at the dinner table as something goes wrong with Rue.
Robert (Bruce Wexler)

Character Description

First Noted In: Season 1, Episode 2 “Stuntin’ Like My Daddy”

Robert is Rue and Gia’s father, Leslie’s husband, who died when Rue was 13. Also, thanks to him, but not on purpose, Rue began her addiction to Oxycontin.

Additional Information About Robert

  • Robert specifically died of cancer.

Ethan (Austin Abrams)

Kat & Ethan (Austin Abrams) on a roller coaster.
Kat & Ethan (Austin Abrams)

Character Introduction

First Noted In: Season 1, Episode 4 “Shook One: Pt II”

Kat’s lab partner in her Bio 301 class, and perhaps one of the first boys to genuinely like her since her childhood crush Daniel. At least, between talking to her like a person, offering to pay for her lunch, and seeking to spend time with her at the fair makes it appear he likes her. That or he is just a nice person.

Additional Information About Ethan

  • He has an older sister.
  • Jokes about being an Incel.
  • Is a virgin.

Luke (Will Peltz)

Luke (Will Peltz) chatting with Kat before they have sex.
Luke (Will Peltz)

Character Introduction

First Noted In: Season 1, Episode 4 “Shook One: Pt II”

Possibly a peer of Fez, considering his age, Luke is pretty much known for only one thing: The size of his penis. That and being such a massive whore that even middle school kids, while he was in high school, knew he slept with mostly every girl in his grade.

Additional Information About Luke

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David (John Ales)

David (John Ales) when Jules was younger.
David (John Ales)

Character Introduction

First Noted In: Season 1, Episode 4 “Shook One: Pt II”

David is Jules’ father and, after the divorce, has sole custody of her. Which, so it appears, is due to Jules’ mom having a pill addiction and due to Jules liking her dad more. Perhaps due to his support of her transitioning.

Additional Information About David

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Minako (Sean Martini)

Minako (Sean Martini) talking with Cal.
Minako (Sean Martini)

Character Introduction

First Noted In: Season 1, Episode 5 “’03 Bonnie and Clyde”

One of the boys, or young men, Cal arranged to have sex with but ended up talking to about troubles with his sexuality, and family, instead.

Additional Information About Minako

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Daniel (Keean Johnson)

Daniel (Keean Johsnon) dressed up as Ted Bundy.
Daniel (Keean Johsnon)

Character Introduction

First Noted In: Season 1, Episode 6 “The Next Episode”

Someone who has/had an interest in Cassie. Not romantic, but purely sexual, based on her reputation.

Additional Information About Daniel

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Frederick McKay (Cranston Johnson)

Frederick McKay (Cranston Johnson) timing his son's speed.
Frederick McKay (Cranston Johnson)

Character Introduction

First Noted In: Season 1, Episode 6 “The Next Episode”

Charles’ dad who has long been training him to be a football player. Beyond that, not much is known about Frederick.

Additional Information About Frederick

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Rick (Nat Faxon)

Rick (Nat Faxon) being introduced to viewers.
Rick (Nat Faxon)

Character Introduction

First Noted In: Season 1, Episode 7 “The Trials and Tribulations of Trying to Pee While Depressed”

Proof that Leslie may have a thing for awkward looking white men, Rick is her new boyfriend that she met through a dating app/ website. From what it appears, Rue doesn’t like him too much.

Additional Information About Rick

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TC (Bobbi Salvor Menuez)

Jules and TC (Bobbi Salvor Meneuz) talking in TC's car.
Jules and TC (Bobbi Salvor Meneuz)

Character Introduction

First Noted In: Season 1, Episode 7 “The Trials and Tribulations of Trying to Pee While Depressed”

TC is one of Jules’ friends, from where she moved from, who is queer, possibly trans, if not non-binary, like their actor, and is living on their own.

Additional Information About TC

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Anna (Quintessa Swindell)

Anna (Quintessa Swindell) over Jules, doing her makeup.
Anna (Quintessa Swindell)

Character Introduction

First Noted In: Season 1, Episode 7 “The Trials and Tribulations of Trying to Pee While Depressed”

A friend of TC who often tries to girl them up, even though they have no interest in looking girly. So with Jules down, it leads to them connecting as Jules talks about Rue, her dealing with the concept of masculinity and feminity, as well as her sexuality.

Additional Information About Anna

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Mary O’ Neill (Brynda Mattox)

Character Introduction

First Noted In: Season 1, Episode 7 “The Trials and Tribulations of Trying to Pee While Depressed”

Fezco’s grandmother who is bedridden and never speaks.

Additional Information About Mary

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Gus (Nick Blood)

Gus (Nick Blood) at a party for Cassie.
Gus (Nick Blood)

Character Introduction

First Noted In: Season 1, Episode 7 “The Trials and Tribulations of Trying to Pee While Depressed”

Lexi and Cassie’s father, Suze’s ex-husband, who formerly was beloved by many – especially women. Which was just one of his issues. The others include not being the best provider – financially, being an alcoholic, eventually becoming a drug addict, after he got hooked on fentanyl, post a car accident, and a terrible father.

Additional Information About Gus

  • We’re told Cassie hasn’t seen her dad since she was 15.

Marsha (Paula Marshall)

Marsha (Paula Marshall) venting to Maddy's friends about her night not going well.
Marsha (Paula Marshall)

Character Introduction

First Noted In: Season 1, Episode 8 “And Salt the Earth Behind You” [Season Finale]

Marsha is Nate’s date to a junior dance who he embarrassed by trading her in for Maddy.

Additional Information About Marsha

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General Information About HBO’s Euphoria

Notable Locations & Events

East Highland High school

This is the school the kids go to and their mascot is the Blackhawk.

Miscellaneous Information

  • Gia and Rue are bi-racial with their dad being white and mom Black.
  • The show begins a week before school starts up.
  • Each episode features a specific character and below is for season 1:
    • Episode 1 was Rue
    • Episode 2 was Nate
    • Episode 3 was Kat
    • Episode 4 was Jules
    • Episode 5 was Maddy
    • Episode 6 was McKay
    • Episode 7 was Cassie

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