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Euphoria’s Barbie Ferreira Exits Forward of Season 3: An Ode to Kat Hernandez

For one excellent second, Kat Hernandez was the most effective character I’d ever seen on TV.

Euphoria star Barbie Ferreira, who portrayed Kat, introduced on August 25 that she could be leaving the lauded HBO present and wouldn’t return for season 3. She shared a bit of Kat fan artwork sketched by her co-star Hunter Schafer. “After 4 years of attending to embody probably the most particular and enigmatic character kat, I’m having to say a really teary eyed goodbye,” she wrote on Instagram. “I hope a lot of you might see your self in her like i did and that she introduced you pleasure to see her journey into the character she is as we speak.”

The information comes after a season ridden with behind the scenes rumors, statements, and questions on creator and author Sam Levinson’s choices. Nevertheless, whereas Euphoria season 2 paled compared to season 1 so far as Kat’s storyline was involved — the character took a transparent backseat to the extra intense storylines on the present — Kat stays probably the most attention-grabbing, nuanced characters within the collection.

She was a personality who existed within the in-between. Caught in the midst of childhood and maturity, virginity and hyper sexuality, hiding away and daring to indicate all of your self, even the components you wished may keep near the chest without end. She was sharp, quick-witted, and inside — an individual who might fend off any slight as a result of nobody might say something to her she hadn’t already instructed herself in her worst moments. A fanfiction-writing, latex-wearing, dangerous decision-making antiheroine whose physique knowledgeable the way in which she moved by the world, certain, but she existed past it, on some type of celestial airplane, an alien celebrity in her personal thoughts.


Kat existed in a means I all the time wished I might, the way in which I nonetheless want I might generally. She knew an outfit might change the whole means you considered your self, but it surely additionally felt like she was studying that it wouldn’t repair the insecurities that run so deep you don’t know the place they originate. Dad and mom? Mates? Society? The Web? In season 2, we acquired a glimpse of the collapse of the fantasy; she’d moderately self-destruct and power Ethan (Austin Abrams) to interrupt up together with her than get pleasure from a superb factor and threat the better ache.

It’s going to be a loss to not see her on TV once more, although hopefully Ferreira will hold taking part in characters who problem and delight, who break the strain and add it again in equal measure. Perhaps fanfiction writers can take up the mantle of Kat’s storyline, bringing her into the expansion and self-discovery she deserves. 

As a result of even when she was harm, fetishized, and punished for attempting to determine her energy, she glowed. One thing magnetic in her eyes, a credit score to the way in which Ferreira performed her with such subtlety. Folks could possibly be afraid of her, they could possibly be indignant together with her, they might fall in love together with her. She didn’t need to exist outdoors the story of her personal life, watching everybody else chase after the world. She knew there’s nothing extra highly effective than a fats woman who doesn’t give a f*ck.

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