As the fandom of ‘Euphoria’ has grown and grown until reaching a second season in which each episode breaks audience records, something curious has happened with the figure of Sam Levinson. The creator, sole writer and director of the HBO series is constantly being criticized and questioned on social networks by the people who most passionately follow his creation.
One of the most repeated criticisms among viewers is the constant nudity of the characters, and lately several actresses in the cast have recounted their experiences having to refuse to do the nudity required by the script.
This is the case of Minka Kelly, an actress from ‘Friday Night Lights’ who plays Samantha, the mother who has hired Maddy as a nanny. Kelly has told Vanity Fair that in her first scene in her shoot, her character was supposed to show her body for no compelling reason. It’s about the moment when Samantha asks Maddy to unbutton her dress when she gets home from a lively night with her husband. “Levinson thought it would be more interesting if my dress fell to the ground. It was my first day as a guest on a new series, and the truth is that I did not feel comfortable being there just naked.has explained. “I said, ‘I’d love to do this scene, but I think I can have the dress on.’ And he said, ‘Okay!’ She didn’t hesitate for a moment. And he shot a beautiful scene and got exactly what he wanted.”.
The same has told Sydney Sweeney, who plays Cassie. His is the most sexualized character in the series since the first episode, which brought him problems in the first season. “I am very proud of my work on ‘Euphoria.’ I think it was a great performance. But no one talks about her because I got naked”he told The Independent.
Perhaps for this reason, in the second season the actress decided to limit her time nude. “There are times when Cassie would have to be shirtless and I would say to Sam, ‘I don’t think it’s necessary here.’ And he was like, ‘Okay, we don’t need it.’ I have never felt that Sam forced me or was looking to put a nude scene on an HBO series. When I have not wanted to do it, he has not forced me ”.
She told The Washington Post the same thing, in which she assured that the nudity in ‘Euphoria’ actually “empowers” her: “The truth is that I feel more powerful with my body. I feel safer. I feel freer”. In that interview he expanded on his reasons for covering his body in certain scenes: “Everyone is going to look at my boobs without taking the scene seriously because of what’s going on.” And he said, ‘Okay, yeah. You don’t have to do it’”. And she also wanted to assure fans that she doesn’t feel insecure in the creator’s hands: “I appreciate people worrying…but I’m perfectly fine on ‘Euphoria’”.
Another new feature of the season is Chloe Cherry, an actress who used to work in porn movies and who had her first big role as Faye in ‘Euphoria’. Already in the first episode of the season we saw her undress, when several characters are forced by a drug dealer to take off their clothes to show that they are not wearing microphones.
But actually the first scene Cherry had to shoot is another one from the second episode, in which Faye and her boyfriend Custer (Tyler Chase) have just killed someone and she has to escape through a ventilation tunnel. According to the script, she was naked. But It was not her but Chase, whom she first met while recording the sequence, who asked Levinson to change that detail..
“We had just met, we said ‘Hi, how are you?’ And then we started shooting the scene.”the actress told The Paradise. “It probably would have been more comfortable if we had spent a little more time getting to know each other. Sam wanted to do the scene with me totally naked and Tyler was like, ‘That’s too much,’ so they decided against it. But I was covered in fake blood and it felt great being on a shoot.”
Among so much nudity, there is a character that we have never seen without clothes: Rue. Rumor has it that Zendaya may have added a clause against nude scenes to her contract.. It is not confirmed, but what we do know is that Sam Levinson changed a specific scene of his character.
Martha Kelly, the actress who plays drug dealer Laurie, told Variety about the fifth episode in which Rue shows up at her house asking for more drugs. “There’s a scene where Rue is getting into the tub, and Laurie injects her with morphine…and in the script it was even murkier, because Laurie was helping her get naked and get into the tub and it was described as having a gross pedophile vibe. ”.
Although she was uncomfortable with the scene, Kelly did not ask Levinson to change it. However, after the break caused by the quarantine in the series, the season has changed a lot. “I was glad when Sam told me that we were going to shoot the bathroom scene a little out of focus, and that some things had changed”.
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