What is going on with Barbie Ferreira? Euphoria's Kat Hernandez has just announced that she will not be returning for Euphoria season three—so what exactly went down with her beloved HBO character and what did she say about those feud rumors?
For those who don't know, or didn't catch the sophomore season of Euphoria, Barbie's character Kat Hernandez really faded into the background. Leaving many fans confused over her storyline and throwing her future on the show into question.
Allegedly, Barbie Ferreira and Sam Levinson, the show's creator, did not see eye-to-eye regarding Kat's character development. In the debut season, fans adored her character development as she become a strong, independent teen only to then barely received any screen time come Euphoria season 2.
More shocking than the lack of cameos was the subject matter. In episode six of the second season, Kat reveals to her boyfriend Ethan that she's facing a seriously grim health diagnosis, which ultimately causes her to end things with him. But her terminal brain disorder has confused not only her love interest—who accuses her of gaslighting—but the series' fans as well.
Here's just a handful of their reactions...
kat finally got some screen time and it was embarrassing as hell #Euphoria pic.twitter.com/uqAzAwZsC9February 14, 2022
Took a whole season for Kat and Ethan to get together, and we end up here? #Euphoria pic.twitter.com/I2QQUbnMuNFebruary 14, 2022
apparently kat’s gonna be sidelined throughout the season bc barbie ferreira didn’t agree with sam levinson’s approach to writing about body image for the character & they fought about it. so sam decided to cut her out of seasons…??January 25, 2022
proud of him for standing his ground this ep #Euphoria pic.twitter.com/TIwDhfz1ASFebruary 14, 2022
Now we know that Barbie will not be reprising her role—but what exactly went on (if anything) between her and the show's creator?
Did Barbie Ferreira and 'Euphoria's creator Sam Levinson have beef?
Rumors swirled that Ferreira once walked off of set because of a disagreement with Levinson, and some suspected that's why she did not attend the season two premiere, though she cites COVID as the reason behind her absence.
In an interview with The Cut (opens in new tab), the ladies behind the teen drama spoke candidly about their roles and fans' obsession. Ferreira took the opportunity to address her character's direction, which put some loyal viewers at ease.
"Kat’s journey this season is a little more internal and a little mysterious to the audience," she revealed. "She is secretly going through a lot of existential crises. She loses her marbles a little bit—just like everyone else in this season. The theme is everyone’s gone a little crazy."
Needless to say, fans were still hoping for more insight. In a new interview with Insider (opens in new tab), Ferreira opens up about viewers' reactions to the supposed drama, though she's still mum on specifics.
“I’ve seen so many different things and a lot of it is untrue and some of it’s kind of like mundane little things,” she said.
She continued: "Sometimes, things take on a life of their own, and they’re not rooted in the truth, but it’s OK because I know it’s just out of passion and out of curiosity and all that good stuff."
So, does that mean this bad blood was all made up...kind of like that Jacob Elordi, Hunter Schafer drama? Sadly we may never know, as Barbie has taken to Instagram to announce her departure from the show.
Taking to her Insta story she said: "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."
She has not shared the reasons behind her exit, ahead of the third installment, but it could very well have something to do with Kat's future on the show.
One thing we do know is, boy will we miss seeing Kat on our screens!
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