Zendaya Pulls Classy Move Before ‘Euphoria’ Season Premiere

Zendaya won an Emmy for playing Rue in the HBO drama “Euphoria” – but that doesn’t mean she wants everyone to watch her in the new season of the hit series.

Ahead of the Season 2 premiere on Sunday, she warned that new episodes could trigger and asked fans to only watch if they can handle the material.

“I know I’ve said this before, but I want to reiterate to everyone that Euphoria is for an adult audience,” read an Instagram post she posted. “This season, perhaps even more than the last, is deeply moving and deals with topics that can be triggering and difficult to watch. Please only watch it if you are comfortable with it.

“Take care of yourself and know that either way you are always loved and I can always feel your support,” added the “Spider-Man: No Way Home” star.

Zendaya made a similar call for viewers’ discretion ahead of the show, which deals with drug use and addiction, which premiered in 2019. (Light spoilers for Season 2 to come.)

USA Today called “Euphoria” a “punitive and provocative teen drama” and highlighted Rue’s confrontation with her mother (Nika King) and younger sister (Storm Reid) amid her growing drug use.

“The 15-minute scene can be considered the most heartbreaking moment in the drama’s disturbing history and rings heartbreaking for those of us who have watched a loved one struggle with addiction,” the reviewer said. “Both savage and pathetic, Zendaya painfully expresses Rue’s desperation to get better, as she wonders aloud if she is even someone worth saving.”

SlashFilm.com called the second season “emotionally relentless,” saying, “It engages in every bold narrative maneuver it does, but most of all in a full depiction of addiction.”

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