Zendaya is one of the stars of a new HBO series executive produced by Drake. The show, Euphoria, premiered on Sunday, June 16, and the actress took to social media prior to its debut to warn fans that there is some graphic, explicit, and potentially triggering content throughout the series that some may find disturbing.
The show creator and EP Sam Levinson had previously said: “We have to be authentic about it,” he said. “If we’re pulling our punches and we’re not showing the relief that drugs can bring it starts to lose its impact. Drugs are not the solution but they can feel like it at times, and that’s what makes them so destructive.”
Just a reminder before tonight’s premiere, that Euphora is for mature audiences. It’s a raw and honest portrayal of addiction, anxiety and the difficulties of navigating life today. There are scenes that are graphic, hard to watch and can be triggering. Please only watch if you feel you can handle it. Do what’s best for you. I will still love you and feel your support.
“Euphoria” — which is the adaptation of an Israeli show of the same name — will follow a “group of high school students as they navigate love and friendships in a world of drugs, sex, trauma, and social media,” according to an HBO release.
All episodes will be written by Sam Levinson, while Ron Leshem and Daphna Levin — who are the creators of the original Israeli series — executive produces the show.
Zendaya leads an ensemble cast that also includes Maude Apatow, Angus Cloud, Eric Dane, Alexa Demie, Jacob Elordi, Barbie Ferreira, Nika King, Storm Reid, Hunter Schafer, Algee Smith and Sydney Sweeney. All episodes created and written by Sam Levinson, who also serves as executive producer. Other executive producers include Drake, Future the Prince, Ravi Nandan, Kevin Turen, Hadas Mozes Lichtenstein, Ron Leshem, Daphna Levin, Tmira Yardeni, Mirit Toovi, Yoram Mokady, Gary Lennon and Jim Kleverweis.