List of Euphoria characters

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Euphoria is an American teen drama television series created by Sam Levinson, which centres on a group of dysfunctional high school students at East Highland High School. The show premiered on June 16, 2019, on HBO (USA).

Appearances

Key
  Main cast (credited)
  Recurring cast (3 or more episodes)
  Guest cast (1–2 episodes)
Actor Character Seasons
1 S 2 3
Main characters
Zendaya Rue Bennett Main
Maude Apatow Lexi Howard Main Does not appear Main
Angus Cloud Fezco Main Does not appear Main
Eric Dane Cal Jacobs Main Does not appear Main
Alexa Demie Maddy Perez Main Does not appear Main
Jacob Elordi Nate Jacobs Main
Barbie Ferreira Kat Hernandez Main Does not appear Main
Nika King Leslie Bennett Main Does not appear Main
Storm Reid Gia Bennett Main Does not appear Main
Hunter Schafer Jules Vaughn Main
Sydney Sweeney Cassie Howard Main Does not appear Main
Algee Smith Chris McKay Main Does not appear Guest TBA
Colman Domingo Ali Muhammad Recurring Main Recurring TBA
Javon "Wanna" Walton Ashtray Recurring Does not appear Main Does not appear
Austin Abrams Ethan Daley Recurring Does not appear Main
Dominic Fike Elliot Does not appear Main
Recurring characters
Alanna Ubach Suze Howard Recurring Does not appear Recurring TBA
Lukas Gage Tyler Clarkson Recurring Does not appear
John Ales David Vaughn Recurring Guest TBA
Keean Johnson Daniel Dimarco Recurring Does not appear
Paula Marshall Marsha Jacobs Recurring Does not appear Recurring TBA
Zak Steiner Aaron Jacobs Recurring Does not appear Recurring TBA
Mercedes Colon Kat's mom Recurring Does not appear
Tyler Chase Custer Recurring Does not appear Recurring Does not appear
Tyler Timmons Troy McKay Recurring Does not appear
Tristan Timmons Roy McKay Recurring Does not appear
Sophia Rose Wilson Barbara "BB" Brooks Recurring Does not appear Recurring TBA
Bruce Wexler Robert Bennett Recurring Does not appear Guest Does not appear
Meeko Mouse Recurring Does not appear Guest Does not appear
Marsha Gambles Miss Marsha Recurring Guest Does not appear
Nick Blood Gus Howard Guest Does not appear Recurring Does not appear
Pell James Amy Vaughn Guest Does not appear
Martha Kelly Laurie Does not appear Recurring Does not appear
Minka Kelly Samantha Does not appear Recurring Does not appear
Chloe Cherry Faye Does not appear Recurring Does not appear
Melvin "Bonez" Estes Bruce Does not appear Recurring Does not appear
Yukon Clement Theo Does not appear Recurring Does not appear
Fernando Belo Sebastian Does not appear Recurring Does not appear
Veronica Taylor Bobbi Does not appear Recurring Does not appear
Ansel Pierce Caleb Does not appear Recurring Does not appear

Main characters

Ruby "Rue" Bennett

  • played by Zendaya
    • Janice LeAnn Brown (4 years old, "Pilot" and "And Salt the Earth Behind You")
    • McKenna Rae Roberts (10 years old, "Pilot")
    • Aliyah Conley (13 years old, "'03 Bonnie and Clyde")
    • Alumière Glass (3 years old, "Stand Still Like the Hummingbird")

Born on September 14, 2001, Rue is a recovering teenage drug addict who is fresh out of rehab and struggling to find her place in the world. She serves as the narrator for the series.[1] She lives with her mom and sister. Her dad passed away from cancer before the start of the series. She was formerly best friends with Lexi, having known her since preschool. The plot of the first season mainly revolves around her relationship with Jules.

Alexandra "Lexi" Howard

Lexi was born on January 11, 2002. She is Rue's childhood best friend, and Cassie's younger sister. She spends most of her teenage years in the shadow of her big sister, always feeling like an outsider and an observer of her own life.

Determined to do more and to finally step into the spotlight, she creates a play in Season 2 and bases it on everything that has happened around her. At the same time, she grows closer to Fezco after discovering an unexpected compatibility, including some unusual shared interests (such as the 1986 film Stand by Me).

Lexi mentions that her mother (and Cassie's mother) is Jewish. (Season 2, Episode 1)

Fezco

  • played by Angus Cloud
    • Mason Shea Joyce (10 years old, "Trying to Get to Heaven Before They Close the Door")

Fez is a local drug dealer with a close, sibling-like relationship with Rue. He was raised by his grandmother who is now invalid. He lives with Ashtray, whom he considers his business partner, and even though they do not appear to be related, he treats him like a brother. He starts a camaraderie (with romantic undertones) with Lexi in Season 2.

Cal Jacobs

  • played by Eric Dane
    • Elias Kacavas (18 years old, "Ruminations: Big and Little Bullys")

Cal is Nate's strict, demanding father with a double life. He is married to and fathers three children with Marsha, his high school girlfriend (one of which is unnamed). However, he has one-night stands with men and transgender youths, which he records with a hidden camera. He leaves his family and gets arrested in Season 2.

Madeleine "Maddy" Perez

  • played by Alexa Demie
    • Keilani Arellanes (11 years old, "Made You Look", "’03 Bonnie and Clyde", and "Out of Touch")

Maddy was born on January 31, 2001. She is Nate's on-and-off girlfriend and later ex-girlfriend. She is best friends with Kat and BB as well as Cassie prior to the latter betraying her by having a fling with Nate.

Nathaniel "Nate" Jacobs

Nate is a high school athlete whose anger issues mask his sexual insecurities. He has harbored an unspecified fixation on Jules, despite her transgender status challenging his views on masculinity. He has an on-off and toxic relationship with Maddy during season 1, and he starts a secret relationship with Cassie, which damages the girls' friendship, in season 2.

Katherine "Kat" Hernandez

Kat was born on August 15, 2001. She is a girl fighting for body positivity while exploring her sexuality. She is a plus-sized teenage girl with chin-length hair, ivory skin, and dark brown eyes.[3] At the beginning of the first season, she wears cat eyeglasses and her everyday clothes often consist of average shirts, tops, and dresses, preferring minimalist makeup looks.

Leslie Bennett

  • played by Nika King
    • Malia Barnhardt (14 years old, "A Thousand Little Trees of Blood")

Leslie is Rue and Gia's mother. After losing her husband, Leslie takes care of her children on her own.

Georgia "Gia" Bennett

  • played by Storm Reid
    • Hyla Rayne Fontenot (7 years old, "Pilot")
    • Nyran Hepburn and Ashton Hunsberger (Baby Gia, "Stand Still Like the Hummingbird")

Gia was born in late 2005 and is Rue's younger sister. The summer before Rue's junior year, Gia found her overdosing and choking on a pool of vomit, which traumatized her.

Jules Vaughn

Jules was born on February 28, 2002. She is a transgender girl who enters a turbulent relationship with Rue, as well as others, after moving into town.

Christopher "Chris" McKay

  • played by Algee Smith[4]
    • Yohance & Zakai Biagas-Bey (11 years old, "The Next Episode")

McKay is a young football player and Cassie's ex-boyfriend who is having difficulties adjusting to college.

Cassandra "Cassie" Howard

Cassie is Lexi's older sister, McKay's ex-girlfriend, and Nate's current fling with an infamous sexual past that continues to haunt her. She is Maddy’s former best friend and is possibly no longer close friends with Kat and BB.

Her sister Lexi mentions that their mother is Jewish. (Season 2, Episode 1)

Ali

  • played by Colman Domingo ("Trouble Don't Last Always"; recurring season 1–2)

Ali is a man in recovery from substance use disorder who often speaks at Rue's Narcotics Anonymous meetings and eventually becomes her sponsor.[5]

Ashtray

  • played by Javon "Wanna" Walton (season 2; co-starring season 1)
    • Daelo Jin Walton (6 years old, "Trying to Get to Heaven Before They Close the Door")

Ashtray is Fez's "little brother" and a drug dealer. He is a recurring character throughout season 1 but becomes a main character in season 2. He is killed after being shot in the head by a SWAT team member during a police raid at the house he shares with Fez.

Ethan Daley

Ethan is Kat's love interest who becomes her boyfriend.

Elliot

Elliot is a new friend of Rue's, who comes between her and Jules.

Supporting characters

Recurring guest stars

  • Suze Howard, played by Alanna Ubach, Lexi and Cassie's mother. Her younger daughter Lexi mentions that her mother Suze is Jewish, during the first episode of the second season. She and Gus, her ex-husband, separated the night before Cassie started ninth grade. Although Suze allowed Gus to see their daughters on weekends, he visited less and less over time and eventually stopped visiting altogether. Despite being almost constantly inebriated, she acts as a loving and supportive mother.
  • Tyler Clarkson, played by Lukas Gage, a college student who is brutally attacked by Nate for having sex with Maddy at a party (season 1).
  • David Vaughn, played by John Ales, Jules' father.
  • Daniel, played by Keean Johnson and Isaac Arellanes (11 years old, "Made You Look"), a junior who dated Kat in sixth grade and later tries to hook up with Cassie (season 1).
  • Marsha Jacobs, played by Paula Marshall and Rebecca Louise (17 years old, "Ruminations: Big and Little Bullys"), Nate and Aaron’s mother and Cal’s wife.
  • Aaron Jacobs, played by Zak Steiner, Nate's older brother who is considered a "fuck-up" by his father and brother.
  • Kat's mom, played by Mercedes Colon (season 1).
  • Custer, played by Tyler Chase, assistant to Mouse, Fez's supplier (seasons 1-2).
  • Robert Bennett, played by Bruce Wexler, Rue's father, seen in flashbacks, died from cancer when Rue was 13.
  • Gus Howard, played by Nick Blood, Lexi and Cassie's father, seen in flashbacks, a painkiller addict who is estranged from the family.
  • Laurie, played by Martha Kelly, former school teacher turned drug dealer. Unlike her employees, Laurie is calm and soft-spoken, however she claims to be ruthless when it comes to making her money back. She is addicted to OxyContin and it is implied that her addiction had forced her into prostitution in order to earn money for drugs to avoid withdrawal (season 2).
  • Samantha, played by Minka Kelly, Maddy’s employer at her new babysitting job (season 2).

Co-stars

  • Troy and Roy McKay, played by Tyler Timmons and Tristan Timmons, McKay's younger twin brothers who got Gia involved with drugs (season 1).
  • Barbara "BB" Brooks, played by Sophia Rose Wilson, a friend of Maddy, Kat, Cassie, and Lexi. She is known by fans as "vape girl" due to her excessive nicotine usage. She is prone to gossip and excites drama as shown when she persuades Maddy to beat up Cassie.
  • Ted Perez, played by Ruben Dario, Maddy's alcoholic father (season 1).
  • Mouse, played by Meeko, Fez's supplier (seasons 1–2).
  • Miss Marsha, played by Marsha Gambles, server at the diner Frank's
  • Fezco's grandmother, played by Brynda Mattox and Kathrine Narducci ("Trying to Get to Heaven Before They Close the Door"), who he looks after as she is bed-ridden.
  • Faye, played by Chloe Cherry, Custer's girlfriend, who stays with Fezco and Ashtray after she’s wanted by the police for pushing her superintendent off the motel balcony. She is initially presented as a somewhat self-centred airhead who is rude towards Rue after she expresses discomfort over doing heroin, however later in the series she is shown to be kinder and forms a friendship with Fez. After learning her boyfriend is cooperating with the police against Fez, she is conflicted due to her split loyalties. Shortly before the police raid Fez's apartment, Faye signals to Fez to warn him that Custer may be recording the conversation (season 2).
  • Bruce, played by Melvin “Bonez” Estes, Laurie’s right-hand man (season 2).
  • Theo, played by Yukon Clement, Samantha’s child that Maddy babysits (season 2).
  • Sebastian, played by Fernando Belo, Theo’s father and Samantha’s husband (season 2).
  • Bobbi, played by Veronica Taylor, an acquaintance of Lexi's, who helps develop her play. In her first appearance, Bobbi assists Lexi in the casting of her play and later on in the season, during Lexi's play, she acts as Lexi's right-hand man. Following Cassie's interruption of the play, Bobbi comforts Lexi and convinces her to carry on by claiming that the play isn't boring and that in the history of East Highland High School, no other play has incurred a riot (season 2).
  • Caleb, played by Ansel Pierce, a student at East Highland High School. He is first seen using the toilet while Cassie is hiding from Maddy in the bath and is later seen in the audience of Lexi's play (season 2).
  • Leslie’s mother, played by Gwen Mukes, appears in flashbacks at Robert’s eulogy (season 2).

Guest stars

  • Principal Hayes, played by Jeremiah Birkett, principal of East Highland High School, appears in episodes "Stuntin' Like My Daddy" and "'03 Bonnie and Clyde".
  • Trevor, played by Shiloh Fernandez, a store clerk at Femme to whom Kat develops an attraction, appears in "Made You Look" and "'03 Bonnie and Clyde".
  • Amy Vaughn, played by Pell James, Jules' mother, appears in "Shook Ones Pt. II" and "Fuck Anyone Who's Not a Sea Blob".
  • Luke Kasten, played by Will Peltz, a notoriously hung former East Highland student who hooks up with Kat, appears in "Shook Ones Pt. II".
  • Sonia Perez, played by Elpidia Carrillo, Maddy's mother, appears in "'03 Bonnie and Clyde" and "And Salt the Earth Behind You".
  • Officer Wilson, played by Larry Joe Campbell, appears in "'03 Bonnie and Clyde".
  • Johnny_Unite_USA, played by Jeff Pope, a man with a small penis who pursues Kat as a financial dominatrix, appears in "Made You Look" and "'03 Bonnie and Clyde"
  • Minako, played by Sean Martini, one of Cal's transgender hookups, appears in "'03 Bonnie and Clyde".
  • Frederick McKay, played by Cranston Johnson, McKay's father, appears in "The Next Episode".
  • Rick, played by Nat Faxon, Leslie's new boyfriend, appears in "The Trials and Tribulations of Trying to Pee While Depressed".
  • TC, played by Bobbi Salvör Menuez, Jules' non-binary friend from the city, appears in "The Trials and Tribulations of Trying to Pee While Depressed".
  • Anna, played by Quintessa Swindell, TC's pansexual friend who hooks up with Jules, appears in "The Trials and Tribulations of Trying to Pee While Depressed".
  • Natalie, played by Allie Marie Evans, Nate's winter formal date, appears in "And Salt the Earth Behind You".
  • Dr. Mardy Nichols, played by Lauren Weedman, Jules' therapist, appears in "Fuck Anyone Who's Not a Sea Blob".
  • "Tyler", played by Jayden Marcos, Jules' fantasy, appears in "Fuck Anyone Who's Not a Sea Blob".
  • Bowl-Cut, played by Andy Mackenzie, a drug dealer who rips off Fez’s grandma, appears in "Trying to Get to Heaven Before They Close the Door".
  • Bruce Jr., a thug who works for Laurie, played by Richie Merritt, appears in "Trying to Get to Heaven Before They Close the Door" and "Stand Still Like the Hummingbird".
  • Travis, played by Demetrius "Lil Meech" Flenory Jr,[6] DJ and producer who flirts with Maddy, appears in "Trying to Get to Heaven Before They Close the Door".
  • Derek, played by Henry Eikenberry, Cal’s best friend in high school, appears in "Ruminations: Big and Little Bullys" and "You Who Cannot See, Think of Those Who Can".
  • Jade, played by Aja Bair, the character in Lexi’s play based on Rue, appears in "The Theater and It’s Double" and "All My Life, My Heart Has Yearned for a Thing I Cannot Name".
  • Hallie, played by Eden Rose, the character in Lexi’s play based on Cassie, appears in "The Theater and It’s Double" and "All My Life, My Heart Has Yearned for a Thing I Cannot Name".
    • Rose also appears as an influencer in "Out of Touch".
  • Marta, played by Izabella Alvarez, the character in Lexi’s play based on Maddy, appears in "The Theater and It’s Double" and "All My Life, My Heart Has Yearned for a Thing I Cannot Name".
  • Luna, played by Isabella Amara, the character in Lexi’s play based on Kat, appears in "The Theater and It’s Double" and "All My Life, My Heart Has Yearned for a Thing I Cannot Name".

References

  1. ^ Kent, Clarkisha (July 3, 2019). "Has Euphoria's lead character been dead the whole time?". Entertainment Weekly. Archived from the original on January 25, 2021. Retrieved January 11, 2022. During the show’s pilot episode, the audience is quickly herded into the world of Euphoria by Rue’s voice. In her voiceovers, she has intimate knowledge of not just her character, but all other characters — including Jules, Nate, Kat, etc. — throughout different stages of their lives, sharing them as she sees fit.
  2. ^ Andreeva, Nellie; Hipes, Patrick (June 7, 2018). "Zendaya To Topline HBO's Drama Pilot 'Euphoria'; Storm Reid, Maude Apatow, Astro & Eric Dane Co-Star". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on July 28, 2019. Retrieved July 30, 2018.
  3. ^ "How To Dress Like Kat Hernandez Outfits Guide". www.costumerealm.com. Retrieved 2022-02-01.
  4. ^ Andreeva, Nellie; Petski, Denise (October 31, 2018). "'Euphoria': Algee Smith & Austin Abrams Cast In HBO Teen Drama Series". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on November 1, 2018. Retrieved October 31, 2018.
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  6. ^ Shanfeld, Ethan (August 6, 2021). "'Euphoria' Season 2 Adds Dominic Fike, Minka Kelly, Demetrius 'Lil Meech' Flenory Jr". Variety. Retrieved August 6, 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)