“I know I’ve said this before, but I do want to reiterate to everyone that Euphoria is for mature audiences,” she wrote, alongside a blurry photo of herself next to a bike. “This season, maybe even more so than the last, is deeply emotional and deals with subject matter that can be triggering and difficult to watch. Please only watch it if you feel comfortable. Take care of yourself and know that either way you are still loved and I can still feel your support. All my love, Daya.”
The actor, 25, returns as Rue, who struggles with drug addiction, in season two of the hit HB0 drama that won her an Emmy in 2020.
This isn’t the first time that Zendaya has issued a warning about the content of the show. Before the show premiered in 2019, she shared similar viewer discretion warning to prepare fans for the adult themes “Euphoria” tackles.
“Just a reminder before tonight’s premiere, that Euphoria is for mature audiences. It’s a raw and honest portrait of addiction, anxiety and the difficulties of navigating life today,” she wrote at the time. “There are scenes that are graphic, hard to watch and can be triggering. Please only watch if you feel you can handle it. Do what’s best for you. I will still love you and feel your support. Love, Daya.”
In an interview with Entertainment Tonight, talking about her character Zendaya said, “This season, more specifically, she (her character) goes to the rock bottom,” she said. “When we get midway through, that’s when the rock bottom hits, and that’s where it became extremely painful for all of us to watch. And to portray her going through it hurt me. I remember having a conversation midway through [season two] like, ‘[Rue] can’t stay here’,” she said. “We can’t leave her [in this dark place].”
“And I always felt that Rue would be okay because Rue is a version of Sam [Levinson, Euphoria‘s creator and writer] and Sam is who he is, and was able to take all that pain and turn it into this beautiful television show many years later,” she added.
“Euphoria” is finally back, with its season 2 premiered on Sunday, Jan. 9 at 9:00 p.m ET on HBO.
Meanwhile, Tom Holland said recently that he’d be up for appearing in Zendaya’s series Euphoria.
Zendaya told Entertainment Tonight that a cameo has definitely been discussed. “He (Tom Holland) supported me through the whole season,” the actress said. “[We have] talked about it. You know, we joke about sneaking him into the background and seeing if someone can spot him.”