Maude Apatow stars in the HBO show, “Euphoria,” but that didn’t stop her parents Judd Apatow and Leslie Mann from sending in a home video of her as a child singing “Memory.”
W MAGAZINE – If you want to find the furiously beating heart of culture today, the world of television is the place to begin your search. That’s where cinematic genres continue to be reinvented and reborn, mirroring changes in society: Romantic comedies are set in high schools; supernatural horror takes campy twists; character-driven dramas put previously marginalized groups front and center. And now, plenty of those series’s previously unsung stars are finding themselves front and center in the industry, too. Billy Porter, for example, is no longer just turning heads on Pose, but also on the red carpet; even amidst the hordes of other A-list celebrities, at this year’s Met Gala, Porter—who just became the first-ever openly gay black man nominated for the Emmy’s Lead Actor in a Drama—was impossible to miss.) Aside from Pose, which has made history with scripted TV’s largest cast of transgender actors, representation has been improving elsewhere, too: Between Alison Brie in GLOW, Natasha Lyonne in Russian Doll, Connie Britton in Dirty John, and Michelle Williams in Fosse/Vernon, there’s been less need than ever to throw around the phrase “strong female character” when it comes the roles women have to choose from to appear on-screen. From Maude Apatow of Euphoria to Penn Badgely of You, here are 14 stars powering the hits we can’t stop watching.
Exciting news! Euphoria has been renewed for season two at HBO.
VARIETY – HBO has renewed “Euphoria” for a second season.
The series debuted on June 16 and follows 17-year-old Rue Bennett (Zendaya), a drug addict fresh from rehab, who’s struggling to make sense of her future. Her life changes dramatically when she meets Jules Vaughn (Hunter Schafer), a girl who recently moved to town following her parents’ divorce, and like Rue is searching for where she belongs
In addition to Zendaya and Schafer, the series also stars Maude Apatow, Angus Cloud, Eric Dane, Alexa Demie, Jacob Elordi, Barbie Ferreira, Nika King, Storm Reid, Algee Smith, and Sydney Sweeney.
It was created and written by Sam Levinson, who also serves as executive producer. Ravi Nandan, Kevin Turen, Drake, Future the Prince, Hadas Mozes Lichtenstein, Ron Leshem, Daphna Levin, Tmira Yardeni, Mirit Toovi, Yoram Mokady, Gary Lennon, and Jim Kleverweis also executive produce. Scott Turner Schofield serves as the show’s transgender consultant. Jeremy O. Harris is also a consultant on the series. “Euphoria” is produced in partnership with A24 and based on the Israeli series of the same name, which was created by Ron Leshem and Daphna Levin, from HOT.
“’Euphoria’ creator Sam Levinson has built an incredible world with an extraordinary cast led by the supremely talented Zendaya,” said Francesca Orsi, executive vice president of HBO Programming. “We are so grateful that he chose HBO as the home for this groundbreaking series. We look forward to following these complex characters as their journeys continue through the challenging world they inhabit.”
According to HBO, the series is the youngest skewing drama series on the network’s digital platforms. In addition, the series premiere has already delivered over 5.5 million viewers across HBO’s platforms.
The Euphoria costar opens up about her famous parents, her decision to leave college, and her next project with Pete Davidson.
VANITY FAIR – You just caught an early flight to L.A. to make a BTS concert at the Rose Bowl. How was it?
So worth it. They have the most insanely complicated choreography and everyone is losing their minds. It’s the greatest thing I’ve ever seen.
You’re a proud Angeleno and essentially grew up on movie sets, thanks to early roles in your dad [Judd Apatow]’s films. What’s your earliest memory from being on set?
I was so young that I don’t really remember anything besides liking it. I’ve been so lucky to be on sets my whole life, but I actually got the acting bug from doing musicals in high school, like Cabaret and Into the Woods, so it always seemed like that’s where I was headed.
THE LAST MAGAZINE – Maude Apatow knows life in Hollywood. After all, it’s where she grew up and where she still lives and works as an actress. While her entrée into the film industry was an unconventional one that began, essentially, at her birth, the choice she made to continue as an adult was genuinely incisive. After spending the past nine months shooting Sam Levinson’s new HBO series Euphoria alongside Zendaya and with the announcement that she’ll be co-starring in a film with Pete Davidson this summer—plus “Don’t Mind Alice,” the short she co-wrote and -directed that debuted at the Santa Barbara Film Festival last year—it’s clear she’s been in full pursuit for a while now. And if being born into a family of Hollywood stars has affected her—apart from the opportunities it offered her, which she hasn’t taken for granted—it seems only to have made her into someone just like the rest of us: a slightly nervous, Instagram-addicted twenty-year-old with a sense of humor and a love of reality television.
Apatow, the daughter of Leslie Mann and Judd Apatow, has done her fair share of comedies starring in her parents’ films. Now she grows up and goes it alone in “Euphoria,” the controversial new Drake-produced HBO series.
WWD – Maude Apatow, despite being the scion of two of Hollywood’s biggest comedic forces — Judd Apatow and Leslie Mann — and owning a résumé that dates back to before her 10th birthday, is not very Hollywood at all.
She professes that she’s self-conscious and awkward — and she is, but in a way that’s earnest and charms everyone around her.