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Zendaya Seeks Hope for Rue in the Season 3 of ‘Euphoria’

Zendaya Seeks Hope for Rue in the Season 3 of ‘Euphoria’
  • On Sunday, Zendaya, Sydney Sweeney, Hunter Schafer, and Maude Apatow joined forces for an awards season Q&A which focused on the ultimate futures they’d like to see for their characters.

Early Sunday, the stars of Euphoria – Zendaya, Sydney Sweeney, Maude Apatow, and Hunter Schafer convened for an awards season Q&A session following a screening of season two’s fifth episode “Stand Still Like the Hummingbird.”

From the moment it aired, this episode became an instant fan-favorite as Zendaya’s character Rue embarks on a thrilling race against time to avoid police officers and drug dealers while also evading her mother who is determined to take her into rehab. The scene further unveils Cassie’s (Sweeney)’s clandestine relationship with Nate (Jacob Elordi). Even when creator Sam Levinson rewrote much of this season from scratch, his vision for this stand-alone episode remained unchanged.

At the Paramount Theater, Zendaya told the audience, “There was a much sadder ending to this season, and so we were thinking, we can’t leave her here, she means too much to us.” She further went on to say, “I think, collectively, as a people, we all needed a little bit of hope. We needed something to look forward to, some goodness and some joy, and trying to find that in a very painful time,” as the stars kept on working on the second season of Euphoria even when the pandemic was at large.

“That felt very relevant to, I think, a lot of people, but also important to me when it comes to Rue. I want people to know that there is something beautiful inside of her, whether she can see it at that time or not,” Zendaya and the show’s executive producer continued. “So then, he proceeded to completely change the ending, and it ended in the most beautiful way and the most incredible performances that you guys brought to life that blow my mind. And really, the idea [is] that art can save lives in many ways. So it went through many iterations, but I’m grateful where it ended, and I’m grateful for all the stories that were then shared with me after that ending.”

The cast of the show broke down their characters’ development from that pivotal episode (which initially aired earlier this year), as well as Rue’s journey, a major factor in Zendaya winning her second Emmy award last month. As a new season is imminent, they were asked to contemplate what “euphoria” may mean for each one of them ahead.

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Steven Ly is the Startup Program and Events Manager at TheNextHint Inc. She recruits rockstar startups for all TC events including Disrupt, meetups, Sessions, and more both domestically and internationally. Previously, she helped produce Dreamforce with Salesforce and Next '17 with Google. Prior to that, she was on the advertising teams at both Facebook and AdRoll, helping support advertisers in North America and helped grow those brands globally. Outside of work, Priya enjoys Flywheel, tacos, the 49ers, and adventuring around the globe.

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