Breaking Big:’Euphoria’ Celebrity Hunter Schafer on playing Jules, working with Zendaya, and what Is next
Within her acting character, Hunter Schafer excels (and glitters) as Jules, a magnetic scripted pupil on HBO’s provocative teen drama Euphoria.
Schafer, 20never contemplated a career in acting until HBO approached her with the opportunity to play a lead on Sam Levinson’s buzzy new series. “I was employed as a full-time model in New York as soon as the casting team for Euphoria reached out to my modeling agency,” she tells EW. “I gave it a shot and it snowballed from there.”
The rookie celebrity drew on her own experience as a transgender teenager to notify her performance:”I felt more capable of enjoying her since (Decision ) parallels between us,” she states. “I pictured her when I was studying the scripts and in certain ways, saw myself in my adolescent years. I felt like I’d experiences to pull from, to bring her to life.” Even the experience of getting her very first acting part on a large production using a starry cast and huge budget, with a personality, has been a little daunting. “Seeing how massive a Hollywood production it was, I was like,’Oh my God, there’s a great deal of individuals involved with this! I can not mess up as a great deal of people are putting a lot of love and time in this,'” she says. “It was definitely an eye opener.” Schafer was thankful her very first scene was a smaller,”tender” second with costar Zendaya (Spider-Man: Homecoming, The best Showman). “It was just us being dumb,” she states. “Zendaya was, in some ways, like a mentor. She was there with me helping me proceed through a lot of my first-time experiences that are acting, like when we had to fight or when I needed to find psychological. It had been so wonderful to share all those landmarks using a new emotion with her.”
Since the show’s launch, fans have flocked to the show, grateful to finally see somebody like themselves portrayed on the screen. “It has been very sweet to get some close moments with people that are excited about visiting a trans person on TV,” she says. For Schafer, a current vacation exemplified the far-reaching appeal of the show. “I’ve been tagged in a lot of costume images — I can not think there were numerous little versions of Jules walking around on Halloween!”
Up next, the actress is excited about getting back into Jules’ head — and glittery eye makeup — for Euphoria’s second season, but she’s also excited to research characters farther away from her identity. “I place a great deal of myself to Jules,” she says. “So I am really interested in what it feels like to need to do a great deal of research to get a character, not to have the personality map easily offered.”
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