Barbie Ferreira, 'Euphoria's' Kat Hernandez, finally speaks out about her season 2 storyline

What's up with Barbie Ferreira? 'Euphoria' creator Sam Levinson seemingly diminished her screentime this season. Why?

Barbie Ferreira, 'Euphoria' actress, attends the HBO's Official Golden Globes After Party held at Circa 55 Restaurant on January 05, 2020 in Los Angeles, California
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What is going on with Barbie Ferreira? Euphoria's Kat Hernandez faded into the background of the drama series in its sophomore season, and her fate in Euphoria season 3 is not entirely clear. 

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, we meet a strong, independent teen who 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 sophomore 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. 

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How can Kat get caught up in such an unexpected plot? Yes, Euphoria treads on dark and heavy subject matter—the Euphoria backlash from D.A.R.E. caused some turmoil—but it seems almost as if Kat is now an afterthought. Is her disagreement with Levinson to blame? Here's what we know. 

Is there Barbie Ferreira 'Euphoria' 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 2 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."

Barbie Ferreira in Euphoria season 2

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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? Here's hoping we see more Kat in season 3—we need her!

Catch up with the first two seasons, as well as the Euphoria specials, on HBO Max.

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