After months of hypothesis by Euphoria followers, Barbie Ferreira has confirmed she is formally leaving the tv present.
Ferreira, 25, who performed Kat Hernandez, is not going to return for Season 3, which has been given the inexperienced mild by HBO Max. The character of Kat was praised for representing physique positivity and feminine sexuality.
Ferreira herself introduced the information of her departure through a submit on her Instagram story on Wednesday.
Alongside a drawing of her character by co-star Hunter Schafer, who performs Jules in Euphoria, Ferreira wrote her “teary eyed” goodbye.
Her assertion in full reads: “after four years of getting to embody the most special and enigmatic character kat, i’m having to say a very teary eyed goodbye. I hope many of you could see yourself in her like I did and that she brought you joy to see her journey into the character she is today.”
Ferreira continued: “i put all my care and love into her and i hope you guys could feel it. love you katherine hernandez.”
The actual cause for Ferreira’s exit has not been confirmed. Newsweek has contacted HBO and Ferreira’s representatives for remark.
Her exit comes after months of hypothesis from followers about Ferreira’s future in Euphoria. In Season 2, Kat’s storyline roughly pale into the background, in comparison with her highly effective presence within the first season, which followers had been fast to note.
In Season 1, Kat’s sexual identification and cam-girl journey was explored in nice depth, however the next season merely targeted on the tip of her relationship along with her boyfriend, Ethan Lewis (performed by Austin Abrams).
There had been additionally rumors of on-set pressure between Ferreira and present creator Sam Levinson over the route of Ferreira’s character, Kat. It was reported that Ferreira had stormed off of the Euphoria set as a result of her position had been lower considerably in Season 2. HBO denied this.
The studies got here after Euphoria confronted allegations of violating SAG-AFTRA (Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists) stipulations on safeguarding.
HBO launched a press release denying the claims: “The well-being of cast and crew on our productions is always a top priority. The production was in full compliance with all safety guidelines and guild protocols. It’s not uncommon for drama series to have complex shoots, and COVID protocols add an additional layer.
“We preserve an open line of communication with all of the guilds, together with SAG-AFTRA. There had been by no means any formal inquiries raised.”
Ferreira also dismissed the rumors in an interview with Insider in March 2022: “What’s attention-grabbing about this season is there are such a lot of extra eyes on it that even the information cycle has been so attention-grabbing to see. I’ve seen so many alternative issues and a variety of it’s unfaithful, and a few of it is sort of like mundane little issues.”
Ferreira has additionally been exploring alternatives outdoors of Euphoria, together with starring in Jordan Peele’s movie NOPE. She additionally appeared in an episode of AppleTV+’s The Afterparty as Willow.
Ferreira had shared her ideas on returning for Season 3 of Euphoria and what Kat’s journey could seem like, so her exit could come as a shock to some followers.
Speaking to Insider, she mentioned she hoped to see extra of Kat’s “internal fantasy life”: “I hope to see her relationship with herself, the internet, with her friends.
“I hope to see every thing fantastically devolve because it at all times does on Euphoria. I’m excited to learn it. I do not assume it is written but, so I’ll be ready.”
Fans have been sharing their sadness about Ferreira’s exit online.
One fan tweeted: “I’m sorry however kat is without doubt one of the greatest characters of euphoria…barbie ferreira deserved higher.”
A second fan added: “thank u barbie ferreira for giving us one of the most important scenes as kat, this will always be television history.”
A 3rd Kat fan wrote: “WHAT ???? Barbie Ferreira leaving euphoria Noo, even if Kat was so annoying this season, i wanted to see her more.”
Euphoria Seasons 1 and a couple of are streaming on HBO Max now.