Since it started airing on Sunday night, the new HBO teen drama Euphoria has gotten a lot of attention for its honest and graphic depictions of sex, drugs, and being naked among high school students. Zendaya, a former Disney Channel star, got the most attention for her role as a recovering drug addict named Rue. However, Hunter Schafer, who played Rue’s friend Jules, was the episode’s breakout star and was in two of the most shocking parts of the pilot.
Who is Hunter Schafer?
If you know the name Hunter Schafer, it might be because the 20-year-old has already been in the news as a fashion model and an activist for LGBT rights. Schafer was born in Raleigh, North Carolina, in 1999. He has modelled for well-known fashion brands like Dior, Tommy Hilfiger, and Vera Wang. As a transgender woman, she has also been a well-known advocate for LGBT rights. She fought against the notorious “bathroom bill” in North Carolina, which said people had to use toilets that matched their biological gender.
Her important work got her on Teen Vogue’s “21 under 21” list in 2017, and the magazine sent her to interview 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. Schafer’s first acting job is in Euphoria, and it’s already getting attention. This is because transgender characters are still rare on TV, but transgender actors are even rarer. Sam Levison, who made the show and is the son of Hollywood director Barry Levinson, told the Hollywood Reporter that Schafer was the best person for the job.
Levison said the casting directors “went all over America, to malls in Florida and Ohio, just to find the right person for Jules.” “I wrote the script for the movie.”
“Once we found Hunter, she went in and read. I sat down with her at Los Angeles’s Factor’s Deli and talked with her for about six hours. We just talked about our lives and what we had been through, and both Rue and Jules have a lot of details from my own life.
Here are some things that happen in the first episode of Euphoria
Schafer plays Jules Vaughn, a 17-year-old transgender girl who has sexual encounters with men over 25 through the LGBT hookup app Grindr. In the first episode, she rides her bike to a hotel to meet a middle-aged man with the handle DominantDaddy. It turns out that this man is Nate Jacobs’s dad, Cal Jacobs. The clip shows Eric’s (artificial) penis while he commits statutory rape on Jules through forceful anal contact.
Later, Jules goes to a party where the homophobic Nate confronts her. He wants to know why she is there and threatens to “f*** her up” if she doesn’t tell him. Jules responds by stabbing herself in the arm with a kitchen knife and saying, _____I’m f***ing invincible! The movie Euphoria, made by the Canadian rapper Drake, Maude Apatow, Algee Smith, Barbie Ferreira, Jacob Elordy, and Sydney Sweeney, all have parts.