Barbie Ferreira and HBO address ‘toxic’ Euphoria set rumours

Maybe it's just Cassie and Maddy who are beefing after all.

by Douglas Greenwood
09 March 2022, 12:07pm

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She may not have made much of an appearance in season two, but so much of the Euphoria discourse as of late has revolved around Barbie Ferreira. Barbie’s character, Kat, was central to season one; a complex young woman whose wallflower persona blossomed as she found liberation in online sex work. Her disappearance into the background and disappointing arc led many to invest in the theory that there had been beef on set between Barbie and the show’s creator Sam Levinson. Of course, season two has been erratic for many reasons, but is it true that shoot days stretched on for hours and hours, with cast members and extras given no bathroom breaks? According to Barbie, most of it is “untrue”. 

In an interview with Insider, Barbie addressed a lot of the rumours tied to the new season. “What’s interesting about this season is there are so many more eyes on it that even the news cycle has been so interesting to see,” she said in the interview. “I’ve seen so many different things and a lot of it is untrue, and some of it’s kind of like mundane little things.” She added: “Sometimes, things take on a life of their own, and they’re not rooted in the truth, but it’s okay because I know it’s just out of passion and out of curiosity and all that good stuff. And I signed up for it. So, I’ll take it. I’ll take the good and the bad.”

It had been rumoured that Barbie left the set of the show over disagreements with Sam about Kat’s storyline, fuelled by the fact that Barbie didn’t show up to the show’s premiere. HBO have since denied these rumours, but they’ve also been dealing with a Daily Beast report that highlighted a number of those aforementioned issues, including 17-hour-long days, and later allegations that cast members couldn’t use the bathroom when needed.

HBO has released an official statement regarding this. “The well-being of cast and crew on our productions is always a top priority,” it read. “The production was in full compliance with all safety guidelines and guild protocols. It’s not uncommon for drama series to have complex shoots, and COVID protocols add an additional layer. We maintain an open line of communication with all the guilds, including SAG-AFTRA. There were never any formal inquiries raised.”

So while lots of signs point towards the shooting of the show being messy (Jacob Elordi himself compared the night shoots for the New Year’s Eve shoot to “hell”, but worth it), no strict rules were broken. And a lot of those swirling rumours of it being excessively so, well they remain just that: rumours.

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