Meet the New Cast and Characters in 'Euphoria' Season 2 (2023)

The brand new season of Euphoria, which premiered on January 9 on HBO Max has seen fans finally reunited with Rue, played by Emmy-winning actress Zendaya, after more than two years of waiting.

It also sees the return of Maude Apatow as Lexi, Angus Cloud as Fez, Eric Dane as Cal, Alexa Demie as Maddy, Jacob Elordi as Nate, Barbie Ferreira as Kat, Nika King as Leslie, Storm Reid as Gia, Hunter Schafer as Jules, Algee Smith as McKay, Sydney Sweeney as Cassie, and Colman Domingo as Ali.

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For the second season, there are also some new faces joining the Euphoria world, from fellow drug addicts to new students and love interests.

Newsweek has everything you need to know about the new cast and characters of Euphoria Season 2 below.

In 2021, HBO Max announced three new actors would be joining the cast of Euphoria Season 2: Dominic Fike, Minka Kelly, and Demetrius "Lil Meech" Flenory Jr.

Details of their characters were kept largely under wraps but thanks to some teaser details revealed in interviews, fans were able to get to know the newbies before they made their debut.

Elliot Dominic Fike

Dominic Fike is a 26-year-old singer, songwriter, and musician from Florida. Over the last year, Fike has collaborated with Halsey, Kevin Abstract, Justin Bieber, and slowthai and even appeared on the lead single on Paul McCartney's 2020 album, McCartney III Imagined.

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Fike was originally supposed to star in Euphoria Season 1, but the part he auditioned for was eventually written out. He was then approached to star in Season 2 and thankfully, Fike said yes.

Now, after more than two years of waiting, Euphoria marks Fike's acting debut. Speaking to Variety, Fike described his character, Elliot, as a "homie" who finds himself part of a love triangle with Rue and Jules.

He also shared his character is a lot like him in real life.

"I don't have to do much acting," Fike said. "He's exactly like me. It's s*** I would say and s***I would do."

Speaking of Fike's character and Elliot's importance to the story, Zendaya added: "There were a lot of conversations over the years about where the show was going to go and what it was going to evolve into, and I remember when Sam first kind of talked about the idea of this Elliot character, I wasn't feeling it—as someone who ships 'Rules' to the bitter end.

"And I was like, 'whoa, whoa, whoa, what are we doing here?' But, in retrospect, and also as someone who understands where the show needs to go and what needs to happen for these characters, it's crucial that Elliot exist, and that he be the person that is honestly the catalyst for a lot of things that just have to happen."

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Samantha Minka Kelly

Minka Kelly stars as Samantha, a rich housewife who Maddy babysits for in Euphoria Season 2.

Kelly is best-known for her role as Lyla Garrity in Friday Night Lights, starring alongside Kyle Chandler and Connie Britton.

Since 2018, Kelly has starred in HBO Max's Titans as Dawn Granger/Dove.

Her other well-known credits include Parenthood, Charlie's Angels and Almost Human.

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Travis — Demetrius "Lil Meech" Flenory Jr.

Demetrius Flenory Jr. made his debut as Travis in Season 2, Episode 1 of Euphoria. Marking his entrance, Travis has eyes only for Maddy (Alexa Demie) and the pair seem to be hitting it off, so much so, he unintentionally saved Maddy from finding out Cassie (Sydney Sweeney) was hiding in the bathroom after sleeping with her ex-boyfriend Nate (Jacob Elordi).

Outside of acting, Flenory, 21, is also known for his rap career under the name Lil Meech. He released his first song in 2019 titled "Bad Habits." Another up-and-coming actor, Flenory made his acting debut this fall, playing the lead and his real-life father Demetrius "Big Meech" Flenory in Starz's Black Mafia Family.

Speaking to Allhiphop, Flenory Jr. said: "It was an amazing experience. I really probably can't say exactly what my part is, but it was an amazing experience because I got to work with Zendaya, Hunter Schafer. And people will get to see a whole different side of Meech. It's not the same Meech, that's why I tell you, it's definitely a whole different side."

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Fez's Grandmother — Kathrine Narducci

Kathrine Narducci opened the first episode of Euphoria Season 2, taking on the character of Fez's grandmother.

As fans expected, Fez and his younger brother Ashtray came from a pretty troubled and rough background. Fez's grandmother was a drug dealer and was in and out of all sorts of trouble but one thing is for sure, she loved her grandchildren with all her heart.

Narducci is best known for playing Charmaine Bucco, Artie Bucco's wife in The Sopranos and Carrie Bufalino in The Irishman.

Her other well-known credits include Power, Godfather of Harlem and Capone.

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Faye — Chloe Cherry

Chloe Cherry plays the role of Faye, a heroin-addict who accidentally falls into the care of Fez.

Cherry made her debut as Faye in the first episode of Euphoria Season 2 and was present at the house where Fez and Ashtray went to seal a drug-deal with a powerful gang. Once the deal was done, audiences assumed that was the first and last time they would see Faye.

However, in Episode 2 it was revealed she was on the run after she accidentally killed a man by pushing him over a balcony and somehow ended up having to crash at Fez's place for a while. Her friendship with Fez is all well and good, until her presence seems like it could be a problem for Fez and Lexi's blossoming romance.

Euphoria is Cherry's first major mainstream acting role to date. She is best known for her career in the adult film industry, a job she has worked in since the age of 18, reports Decider.

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Laurie — Martha Kelly

Martha Kelly stars as the powerful drug dealer in Euphoria, who was Mouse's (Meeko Gattuso) supplier in Season 1 before his death.

In Episode 3 of Euphoria, with Rue's addiction getting worse, she decides to present Laurie with a business opportunity to become one of her newest dealers. Laurie accepted and tasked Rue with selling a suitcase filled with $10,000 worth of drugs.

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Kelly is best known for her stand-up career and appearing in the FX comedy series Baskets. Euphoria fans may also recognise her as Nancy Katz in Marriage Story and Gloria in Corporate Animals.

She will next star in the up-coming sci-fi thriller film Dual alongside Karen Gillan, Aaron Paul and Jesse Eisenberg.

Eagle-eyed Euphoria fans may have also spotted several casting calls in February 2021 and their details give some clues about which sort of characters audiences may be introduced in Season 2.

Jamieson (Lead): An outsider aged 18-25 who "might have a drug problem, might not."

Bruce (Supporting): The producers of Euphoria were looking for an actor aged 30-50 to play the role of Bruce, a "hot-headed man on probation with a history of crime."

Darian: Darian is a 17-year-old described as an "outsider, sensitive, vulnerable, and mischievous."

Ray: Ray in Euphoria Season 2 is "attractive with an edge"

Ami: Ami is a drug addict and stripper who often can't read the room.

Serena: Serena is a woman in her 50s described as "sassy and tough."

Euphoria Season 2 premiered on Sunday, January 9 on HBO Max.

Update 02/14/22, 4:00 a.m. ET: This article has been updated to include more information about Minka Kelly and new characters in Season 2.


Who are the new cast members for euphoria Season 2? ›

In 2021, HBO Max announced three new actors would be joining the cast of Euphoria Season 2: Dominic Fike, Minka Kelly, and Demetrius "Lil Meech" Flenory Jr.

Who is the new guy in euphoria Season 2? ›

Season 2 introduces another rising talent that will surely give TikTokkers heart palpitations and make millennial fans on Twitter feel old. In the Season 2 premiere, we meet Elliot, who becomes a new friend to Rue (Zendaya) and Jules (Hunter Schafer) and is played by first-time actor Dominic Fike.

Who plays the new character in Euphoria? ›

Dominic Fike as Elliot

Musician Dominic Fike enters his first acting project as Elliot in Euphoria season 2, a new classmate and friend first to Rue, and then to Jules.

Was McKay written out of Euphoria? ›

Why Wasn't Algee Smith in "Euphoria" Season 2? It's unclear why Sam Levinson decided to write McKay out of season two, but if Smith's likes on Twitter are anything to go by, it wasn't his choice.

Who got pregnant in Euphoria season 2? ›

Cassie has gone through a breakdown in Season 2 of Euphoria, which some fans have theorized is because she is pregnant with Nate's baby. WARNING: The following contains major spoilers for Euphoria Season 2, now available on HBO.

Are Cassie and Lexi twins? ›

Lexi is Cassie's younger sister and Rue's level-headed childhood friend who tries her best to support Rue through her struggles.

Is Ashtray Nate's Brother? ›

Nate's Brother Is Ashtray

In episode 1 of Euphoria, season 2 it was revealed Ash and Fez were not biologically related but were both raised by Fez's grandmother (Kathrine Narducci). Ash had been dropped off at her home and his mother and father never returned to collect him.

Who are the guys in the beginning of euphoria Season 2 episode 3? ›

Episode 3 of Euphoria Season 2 starts with a look at Cal Jacobs and his relationship with best friend Derek. It's very clear that these best friends have more on their minds. Despite his affection for Derek, Cal ends up hooking up with a girl called Marsha.

Who is the girl with big lips from Euphoria? ›

"Why can't I do something that's 'unnatural' because I like how it looks?” Chloe Cherry, who played Faye in HBO's Euphoria, has opened up about how she deals with hurtful comments amount her appearance, specifically her lips.

Are they replacing Zendaya in Euphoria? ›

Zendaya is expected to reprise her role as Rue Bennett, alongside other Euphoria regulars such as Hunter Schafer (Jules), Jacob Elordi (Nate), Alexa Demie (Maddy), Algee Smith (Chris), Sydney Sweeney (Cassie), Maude Apatow (Lexi) and Dominic Fike (Elliot).

Who is the other little boy in Euphoria? ›

That was the question on the minds of many Euphoria fans who have Googled Javon "Wanna" Walton, the 15-year-old actor who played Fezco's little bro on the most recent second season of the HBO series, and discovered that the teen has a twin brother, Jaden Walton.

Is Elliot from Euphoria a girl? ›

Elliot is a mysterious guy that Rue met at Virgil's New Year's Eve party, who she seems to have a lot in common with, including substance abuse.

Did the frat guys assault McKay? ›

In one harrowing episode toward the end of the season, McKay is sexually assaulted by his fraternity brothers, which also complicates his connection with Cassie.

Did McKay actually get assaulted? ›

Additionally, McKay is uncomfortable with the way other guys objectify and sexualize Cassie, and he wrongfully blames her for it. But what pushes their relationship over the edge is the night McKay is assaulted by a group of fraternity brothers while he's having sex with Cassie.

Why did McKay leave Cassie? ›

Eventually, Cassie learned she was pregnant. While she had mixed emotions, McKay very clearly did not want her to go through with the pregnancy. After he suggested she get an abortion, she followed through with it but promptly ended their relationship.

Does Maddie get pregnant on Euphoria? ›

In short, no. We're pretty certain that this was just a dream, and Cassie isn't actually pregnant in season 2. Although, the pair did hook up again in the second episode, so it's possible the pair could have a baby together in the future if they decide to progress their relationship.

Is Sydney pregnant in Euphoria? ›

Sydney Sweeney showed viewers the “insane” process of putting on her fake pregnancy belly for “Euphoria” filming, which included having a full body cast molded to her body.

Does Euphoria use prosthetic body parts? ›

Eric Dane on Why He Used a Prosthetic Penis for 'Euphoria' Full-Frontal Sex Scene. Eric Dane recently opened up about playing a role entirely new to him on HBO's “Euphoria” — and filming a full frontal nudity scene. “Those scenes are very difficult to shoot,” Dane told EW. “It helps to have one voice in your ear.

What grade is Rue in? ›

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Is Cassie pregnant? ›

Spoiler: her character, Cassie, isn't actually pregnant (at least, that we know of) in season 2 of the high school drama. The prosthetic was, instead, part of Nate's (Jacob Elordi) daydream during his hospital stay after he was brutally beaten up by Fez at a house party.

How old is Fez? ›

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Fezco, or Fez, played by Angus Cloud, is a 19-year-old dropout and Rue's previous drug dealer.

Is Ashtray Laurie's kid? ›

Is Ashtray Laurie's son? Even if Fez doesn't know that Laurie is Ashtray's mother, Laurie may know that Ashtray is her son. In fact, it may be the reason why Laurie is keen to trust Fez in the first place: She knows that Fez took good care of Ashtray, and therefore is willing to deal with someone as young as Fez.

Who is Nate's secret brother? ›

As Rue reveals at the beginning of the second episode of season one, Nate's older brother, Aaron, is considered "a f*ckup." Though Nate believes himself to have a good — if unemotional — relationship with his father, he knows that his father doesn't like Aaron because, as Rue says, Cal "didn't think he had guts or ...

Who is the 3rd Jacobs kid? ›

Nate Jacobs is perhaps one of the most despised characters in Euphoria, right up there with his father Cal. Despite this, creator Sam Levinson has made sure to focus on Jacob Elordi's character, and Euphoria season 2 has gone even further.

Who are the two boys in season 2 episode 3 of Euphoria? ›

Elias Kacavas and Henry Eikenberry as young Cal and Derek in the most recent episode of Euphoria. As the pair mess around, singing along to INXS' Never Tear Us Apart, they finally share a heartfelt embrace and kiss.

Does Rue get trafficked? ›

*It's important to note that in the show Rue is 17 years old. Legally, she cannot consent to engaging in commercial sex so the presence of force, fraud, and coercion would not be necessary to classify her as a victim of trafficking, even though some of those elements were present.

Was Nate in love with Jules? ›

The Clue You Missed. In season two, episode three of "Euphoria", it was finally revealed to Cal Jacobs (Eric Dane) that his son, Nate (Jacob Elordi), is "in love" with Jules (Hunter Schafer).

Who is the drunk mom in Euphoria? ›

Alanna Ubach is one of those actors who seemingly has been in everything. Her latest role as the wine-guzzling, disheveled mom of Cassie and Lexi in “Euphoria” has brought her back into the consciousness of pop culture, but actually — she's always been there already.

Who is the black girl in Euphoria? ›

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Was Megan Fox in Euphoria? ›

The much hotter, much more likable adult character in the ECU (Euphoria cinematic universe) has arrived, and it's… Megan Fox.

Why is Barbie leaving Euphoria? ›

During the shooting of season 2, there were rumors that Levinson and Ferreira were not getting along, a timeline for which was outlined by Decider. From her being one of the leads in season 1 to having hardly any lines in season 2, Ferreira was said to have had creative differences with Levinson over character's arc.

What mental illness does Kat have in Euphoria? ›

In the scene, Kat tells her doting boyfriend Ethan (Austin Abrams) that she has a terminal brain disorder. When he questions this out-of-left-field claim, she calls him an incel and argues that his disbelief is oppressive “gaslighting”.

Is Rue getting recast for season 3? ›

You'll be happy to know that Zendaya is expected to resume her role as Rue Bennett, in addition to starring alongside Euphoria regulars like Hunter Schafer (Jules), Jacob Elordi (Nate), Alexa Demie (Maddy), Algee Smith (Chris), Sydney Sweeney (Cassie), Maude Apatow (Lexi) and Dominic Fike (Elliot).

Who Nates siblings? ›

Early life. Aaron was born to Marsha and Cal Jacobs and is Nate's older brother.

Who killed Ashtray? ›

Unfortunately, and inexplicably, the young kid instead locks himself in the bathroom with all the guns he has in the house for one final stand-off. Ashtray ends up shooting a police officer, Fezco gets caught in the middle, and Ashtray then gets shot and killed himself.

Does Nate have a third brother? ›

Fans first noticed the third Jacobs sibling in season 1 of Euphoria. The family portrait features three young boys: Nate (Jacob Elordi) when he's 11-years-old and his older brother Aaron (Zak Steiner). But there's never an explanation for the third sibling, who appears to be younger than Nate in the photo.

Is Lexi a boy or girl Euphoria? ›

The truth is that Lexi has the back of every girl on Euphoria, but being that one of those girls is her pretty, blonde, serial dating sister truly shows how patient and loyal she is. To be fair, Cassie (Sydney Sweeney) isn't much of a struggle in Season 1, but Season 2 is a different story.

Why Jules wears a binder? ›

While Jules never states her exact reason for binding, it is heavily suggested that she is trying to distance herself from traditional feminine associations, such as the breasts, in order to acquire an interpretation true to herself.

What episode does Rue and Elliot kiss? ›

Euphoria 2x04 / Kiss Scene — Rue and Elliot (Zendaya and Dominic Fike)

What did McKay do to Cassie? ›

McKay and Cassie met at McKay's party in the first episode. McKay told Cassie she was beautiful. After they start having sex, McKay chokes her without her consent, but he lets go when he realizes she does not like it.

Did McKay get fired from Euphoria? ›

Euphoria is a polarizing HBO series dubbed controversial by many, including some of the show's cast members. While filming season 1, the actor initially playing Christopher McKay was allegedly so uncomfortable, he quit the show.

Why is McKay barely season 2? ›

We meet McKay in the first season, though he's not as present as the rest of the teens because he's older and already in college.

Is McKay Cassie's baby daddy? ›

Cassie eventually ends up with football star McKay and discovers she's pregnant with their child. Keeping the secret from her friends and family, she gives him the news, only for him to panic that he's not ready to be a father and pressure her to end the pregnancy.

Why did Fezco beat up Nate? ›

So Fez beat up Nate in retaliation for putting his drug dealing business, livelihood, and life on the line.

Who is the extra girl in Euphoria? ›

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Barbara "BB" Brookes is a recurring character in Euphoria. She is portrayed by Sophia Rose Wilson.

Did Lexi recast Euphoria? ›

For example, one that's gone viral has recast the characters with old-school Disney Channel actors: Rue is Raven, Jules is Miley Cyrus, Nate is Zac Efron, Lexi is Selena Gomez etc. You can do it seriously but the weirder the concept and the more random the choices, often make for funnier videos.

Did they change the actor for Ashtray in Euphoria? ›

Warning: season 2 spoilers ahead.

Modern-day Ashtray is played by 15-year-old actor Javon Walton, and fans have just discovered that Javon's real-life little brother, Daelo Jin Walton, actually plays the young Ashtray we see in flashback scenes.

Did McKay get assaulted? ›

In one harrowing episode toward the end of the season, McKay is sexually assaulted by his fraternity brothers, which also complicates his connection with Cassie.

Who turned down Euphoria? ›

Lil Nas X Turned Down an Acting Role on 'Euphoria' - Variety.

Is Barbie leaving Euphoria? ›

Barbie Ferreira has confirmed she is leaving Euphoria

“After four years of getting to embody the most special and enigmatic character Kat, I'm having to say a very teary eyed goodbye.”

Why did Ashtray get killed? ›

Unfortunately, and inexplicably, the young kid instead locks himself in the bathroom with all the guns he has in the house for one final stand-off. Ashtray ends up shooting a police officer, Fezco gets caught in the middle, and Ashtray then gets shot and killed himself.

Why does Ashtray not speak? ›

In the episode, Ashtray never speaks, a choice made by Euphoria director Sam Levinson. Walton told Variety, “Honestly, I kind of liked it. But at the same time, I do wish I had more dialogue in certain parts.


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