Who is Barbie Ferreira? Meet the actress behind 'Euphoria's' Kat Hernandez

Barbie Ferreira started her career as a model, but now she's taking over TV screens in 'Euphoria'—and we can't wait to see what she'll do next

Barbie Ferreira attends the 2019 MTV Movie and TV Awards at Barker Hangar on June 15, 2019 in Santa Monica, California
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By now, you are probably entangled in all-things Euphoria. Barbie Ferreira portrays the series' once-shy, now-fierce Kat Hernandez, who undergoes a major transition after a dramatic experience. 

Ferreira, like her peers Zendaya and Angus Cloud, has captivated audiences everywhere with her emotional storylines and epic fashion sense. (Psst: if you want to get a little Euphoria style for yourself, here's how to how to recreate Maddy’s Euphoria hair looks at home.)

Euphoria season 3 has officially been confirmed, which means you're likely going to be seeing Ferreira's character evolve even more. Let's learn a little more about one of the show's most beloved stars, shall we?

Meet 'Euphoria' star Barbie Ferreira:

Euphoria's spunky Kat Hernandez is played by actress and former model Barbie Ferreira. 

Born in East Harlem, Ferreira lived in Queens, New York, before settling in Maywood, New Jersey, with her family.

Like her character, Ferreira notes that she underwent a style transformation in her teens when she began modeling for American Apparel. Although her career was blossoming in front of the camera—she went on to pursue campaigns with H&M, Forever 21, Addidas and Aerie, among other popular brands—she had different ideas in mind, according to a tell-all with Allure. “I did it because I wanted to act,” she said. 

Her rise to fame began with a 10-episode Vice series titled How to Behave and a Teen Vogue series called Body Party, which propelled her championing body positivity. In 2016, her un-retouched photos and an interview from an Aerie campaign went viral, earning her a spot on TIME magazine's 30 Most Influential Teens list. 

She played Ella in HBO's Divorce before earning a spot on Euphoria. Now, she's Kat Hernandez, and everyone's anxious to see what her next move will be—Euphoria and beyond. 

Barbie Ferreira age: how old is she?

Ferreira was born on December 14, 1996, making the 25-year-old a Sagittarius. 

Barbie Ferreira height: how tall is she?

Ferreira stands tall at 5 foot 8 inches, not surprising given her background in modeling. 

Who is Barbie Ferreira dating?

Barbie Ferreira has been in a relationship with her girlfriend, musician Elle Puckett, since 2019, with the couple going Instagram official in December of that year. Ferreira discussed their relationship in a 2020 cover story with Cosmopolitan, saying that her new tattoo ("a spiral on my butt") was courtesy of her GF's at-home stick-and-poke skills. 

The actress publicly came out as queer in an interview with Out: "I'm queer. In my private life, it's been going on for a long time. I obviously don't really identify as a straight woman ever in my life, but I feel like now I'm really in my queerness. I'm in LA living my L Word life. Isn't it amazing?"

Barbie Ferreira ethnicity: what is her heritage?

Ferreira is proudly Brazilian, having been raised by her Brazilian mother, aunt and grandmother. She speaks Portuguese and only drinks Brazilian coffee, very strong and with milk, reports Matcha. That foodie fastidiousness is not surprising—her mom's a chef!

"I love being queer. I love being fat. I love being Brazilian. I love being from New York. [All my identities] are what make me Barbie," the actress said in an interview with Them

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Alas, despite the shared last name and the fact that they're two of our favorite TV leading ladies, Barbie Ferreira and America Ferreira (Ugly Betty, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants) are not related. Though we'd love to see them act together sometime!

Barbie Ferreira and body positivity 

Ferreira is all about embracing her features and destigmatizing the need for perfection, which we learn in a new WhoWhatWear interview.

"I think bigger bodies are not as 'trendy' as they used to be, which is really sad to me. But it's more of a conversation of the fact that we all struggle with self-love, and I don't think any young person has really figured it out yet," she told the outlet. 

"I feel like I had a lot of things come up emotionally because of the pandemic, and putting some of that into this season was therapeutic for me," Ferrerira said. "I hope other people [watching] can also feel the same way and release the pressure of being perfect and happy all the time. Because that just doesn't exist."

Barbie Ferreira Met Gala look

Ferreira took to the Met Gala red carpet in 2021 to show off her considerable fashion chops: she wore a custom Jonathan Simkhai gown that she designed alongside him. Perhaps a clothing venture is on the way in the near future?! 

Barbie Ferreira, 'Euphoria' director at odds?

Barbie Ferreira, Euphoria's new show-stopper, is allegedly at odds with director/writer Sam Levinson over her character's story, so much so that a rumored disagreement led to her storming off the set and Levinson drastically cutting her lines. 

Eagle-eyed fans also noticed that she was absent from the Euphoria screening party before the season 2 premiere in January 2022. We are hoping that things clear up so that we can witness Kat's growth in the show's anticipated third season. 

One thing's certain, no matter where things take Ferreira next, she is just getting started.

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