Exclusive: ‘Euphoria’ Season 2’s Casting Breakdowns Reveal New Faces

Zendaya will work with some new faces in Season 2.

Euphoria Season 2 Info Details HBO
Zendaya’s Euphoria will return to HBO for a second season. Courtesy of HBO

Back in July, HBO officially renewed Euphoria for a second season before its rookie run had even finished. The move reflected a strong confidence from the upper levels of HBO in the younger-skewing series headlined by Zendaya. Audiences quickly became enamored with Rue Bennett (Zendaya), Lexi Howard (Maude Apatow), Fezco (Angus Cloud) and the surrounding cast. Now, Euphoria is preparing to add a few new faces to the story.

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Sources close to the production tell Observer that the series may be casting as many as five new characters for lead and recurring roles on the eight-episode second season. (Note: The following character breakdowns may contain spoilers for Season 2.)

Darian: Male 18+ to play 17. Any ethnicity. An outsider. Might have a drug problem, might not. Sensitive. Vulnerable. Mischievous. Definitely not the cool kid at school but one of the more interesting kids. Season lead.

Serena: Female 50s+, Caucasian. Tanned, sassy and tough. A real character. The kind of woman who partied her whole life and attended every White Snake concert and now is probably a blackjack dealer at a small-town casino. Recur.

Ami: Female 18-20s. Drug addict. Stripper. Loves cowboy bebop. Hates her boyfriend. Talks shit. Can’t read a room. Can make a bad situation worse. Recur.

Ray: Male 18+ to play 17. Any ethnicity. Attractive in a real and accessible way. Working class. Pure heart. Might be going nowhere in life but has a smile so genuine it’s not depressing. Scrappy but a fighter. Not verbose or educated- has all the words he needs. Recur.

Lita: Female 40s. Any ethnicity. A foster mom with bills to pay. Seems like an average, regular person but can be a ruthless businesswoman if you cross her. Recur.

Euphoria is the youngest-skewing drama series on HBO’s digital platforms, the network previously said in a statement. The series premiere delivered more than 5.5 million viewers across all platforms when accounting for delayed viewing while the Season 1 finale notched a series high in Sunday night audience with 1.2 million viewers across HBO platforms. In its debut season, Sunday premiere telecasts contributed just 8 percent of total viewing, according to the network, indicating strong Live + 7 viewership for the buzzy new drama.

Sam Levinson serves as creator and showrunner. HBO has not revealed when Season 2 will premiere.

Exclusive: ‘Euphoria’ Season 2’s Casting Breakdowns Reveal New Faces