Maude talked to Vogue.com about her first Saint Laurent show, Fexi and Euphoria‘s finale. Take a look at the photoshoot and article below!
VOGUE – Cast your mind back eight weeks, to the night that the first episode of Euphoria Season 2 debuted. Naturally, the HBO teen drama—infamous for its graphic sex, drug use, and copious on-screen penises—set Twitter aflame. (This week, it surpassed Game of Thrones as the most talked-about show on social media in the past decade.) And yes, memes might have been circulating of Sydney Sweeney, hand clamped to mouth and eyes bulging in the bathtub, or of Alexa Demie furiously banging on the bathroom door with both fists; but in something of a surprise, the hottest topic of conversation was the romantic interest blossoming between Fezco, played by Angus Cloud, and Lexi, played by Maude Apatow.
Immortalized over the following weeks in the hashtag #Fexi, Apatow—currently in Paris for the fall 2022 Saint Laurent show—is charmed by the fervent response to this budding relationship. “It’s so crazy, but it’s so sweet,” says Apatow. “I wasn’t expecting people to be this invested. I think it’s so nice that people make these beautiful drawings of us—all of the fans of the show are so thoughtful. But I don’t even know how to describe it. It’s just crazy that many people seem to care.” When Apatow and Cloud were reunited for the Thom Browne show at New York Fashion Week last month, it was, of course, the first topic of conversation. “I mean, he’s like family now!” Apatow adds.
This familial spirit holds true for the cast of Euphoria as a whole, she explains. “I think a big part of why we’re so close is just how much time we spend together,” Apatow says. “A lot of the reason why the show is so beautiful is that the shots are very intricate and they take a long time to set up. Going through that experience together definitely brings us closer. There’s a lot of time where we’re just shooting these party scenes and all hanging out together on set. And it’s way more fun to be with your friends than it is to be sitting alone in your trailer. To be honest, we talk about that all the time: we’re just really lucky we all like each other. I know that I’m so grateful for that.”
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CULTURED – Euphoria’s good girl, Lexi, blossomed from wallflower into leading lady this season. She was just walking in actor Maude Apatow’s footsteps.
Maude Apatow was on Jimmy Fallon last night—an interview she describes as “the scariest experience ever but fun.” It’s all part of a new chapter that has taken hold for Apatow ever since Euphoria’s second season dropped in January and fans fell for her character, Lexi Howard’s out-of-the-gate romance with the show’s beloved drug dealer Fezco (played by Angus Cloud). “People are posting little meme things on Twitter,” she says, the giddy shock still in her breath. “How do I even describe this one?” Then she does: a chihuahua chomping a pillow with a four-toothed grin. “It’s something about us being cute.”
Despite Apatow’s best efforts, I don’t know if I believe her when she claims she fumbles over her words, echoing my own apology: I do better in person. Because even on the phone, she sets herself apart—as someone in command enough to pause and think rather than fill the air with talk. On-screen, she appears in full possession of Lexi and all her coming-of-age complications. Apatow embodies the salutatorian’s pillow-biting relationship to power as a reticent main character. One of the strongest parts of the performance is the way she is able to capture the simultaneous highs and lows of the teenage emotional vernacular and the alternating viciousness and compassion it inspires. All winter we’ve watched Lexi prepare for an autobiographical school play with anticipation while her friends spiral on their own in the dark. Is it a vengeful malice that keeps Lexi from telling them that she’s about to make their private lives other people’s entertainment? Or is it the fear of what might happen when she tells them how she really feels? “I don’t think it’s necessarily coming from a mean place, but also at the same time, what makes it interesting is it’s a little mean,” Apatow says, pathologizing further. “[Lexi] is super insecure and shy, but she also is super aggressive. She does have so many thoughts about things, but she’s so sad that she can’t express it. When the play comes and she’s fully in charge, she has no choice, all of that comes out.”
FLAUNT – What darkness lurks beyond the unknown? What threatens the comfort and familiarity with which we bind ourselves? A sense of wonder is a necessity if you’re not to let life pass you by—but with the worry of self preservation pressing in from all around us, we sometimes hold back. For 24-year-old actor, Maude Apatow, stepping into a character’s shoes is always an exploration replete with uncertainty, but well worth the fruits of wisdom.
It’s early afternoon when I connect with Apatow. She is swiftly on her way to a photoshoot. We begin with discussion about her origins in acting, independent of—but no doubt also influenced by—her parents, filmmaker Judd Apatow and actor Leslie Mann. Theatre consumed Apatow’s childhood, which she eagerly participated in from kindergarten all the way through high school. “I went to an arts high school,” Apatow reflects, “and we were really lucky to have a great drama department and teachers. My teachers were very supportive and encouraging of all of us, and I think that was one of the reasons I wanted to go into it.”
Apatow’s previous work includes a charming stint as Pete Davidson’s sister in dramedy, The King of Staten Island, the role of Henrietta in Ryan Murphy’s drama miniseries, Hollywood, which centers around a group of aspiring entertainers in the post-World War II era, and her career-defining appearance in the 2016 comedy-drama, Other People, of which she shares, “was the first thing I did on my own, independent of my family. I felt so adult. I thought to myself: if this was what my life could be, then I could keep doing things like this, and I was going to work as hard as I can to keep doing things like this.
Apatow has recently earned widespread attention for her character Lexi Howard in HBO’s dark drama hit, Euphoria, created by Sam Levinson. Season two of Euphoria marks an impeccable return to the hyperactive high school series that melds tense character development with stress-induced scenes and drugs and sex. Toxic masculinity, feminine yearning, substance abuse, mental health, and every colloquial identity struggle you could shake a 2020s stick at are amongst the many perils that plague the eclectic teens of East Highland High School. The first season of Euphoria courted controversy for its sensational, boundary-pushing depictions of the above, and unsurprisingly, season two is mightily carrying the torch.
Maude is the cover star of L’Officiel USA’s spring 2022 issue! Check out the interview and stunning photos below.
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L’OFFICIEL – As Apatow’s character Lexi steps into the limelight in Euphoria season two, the actor is branching out into new roles of her own.
Maude Apatow may be a child of Hollywood—the offspring of comedy superstars Judd Apatow and Leslie Mann, to be precise—but the 24-year-old is still getting used to Euphoria-levels of attention. “I can’t even really think about it, or else I get too nervous,” she says of the white-hot hullabaloo around the hit HBO teen drama: “It scares me.” (She’s not being coy: even a cross-country Zoom interview with L’OFFICIEL causes angst enough to warrant an 11th-hour change to a phone call.) If her star-making turn in the second season of the show is any indication, however, she’s going to have to get used to the idea of more screen time, stat.
It takes a lot to break out of an ensemble cast—especially a murderers’ row of Gen Z talent like Zendaya, Sydney Sweeney, and Hunter Schafer. So when Apatow first appeared in season one of Sam Levinson’s HBO hit, her role (Lexi Howard, the bookish former best friend of Zendaya’s character, Rue) didn’t exactly make a splash amongst all of the drug and sex and digital-era-fueled mayhem for which the series is known. But in Euphoria’s sophomore effort, Apatow’s Lexi emerges with a character arc (involving a Shakespeare-style play-within-a-play, no less!) that pushes her to the front of the plot—and some of her castmates’ characters to the edge.
Euphoria’s a little campy, sure, even without the off-Broadway-level stage production Lexi cooks up: a tumult of love triangles, substance abuse, full frontal male nudity, radical bursts of violence, heartlessness, heartbreak—all shot through what can feel like an early aughts music video filter. As Apatow notes during her chat with L’OFFICIEL, its success as a show is less in accurately depicting late adolescence than accurately depicting the way late adolescence can seem while you’re in it. “In high school everything feels so dramatic and so important. If I look back at certain things I went through, it’s like, why did I even care about that? But it felt at the time like the most important thing in the world. And that’s how Sam writes Lexi,” Apatow says. “The stakes aren’t as high comparatively, but also they are. She’s taking her stuff just as seriously as everyone else is theirs.”
L’OFFICIEL speaks with Apatow about why comedies are harder than dramas, losing friends during her own high school theater-directing debacle, and her new on-screen romance.
Maude was photographed for The Cut‘s February issue! Check out the photos below of Maude along with Zendaya, Hunter, Barbie, Alexa and Sydney!
The cast on playing teens forever on the brink of disaster.
THE CUT – There’s Euphoria, the television series, and there’s Euphoria-ness. The HBO show, about a group of self-destructive teens fumbling toward self-discovery, became an instant phenomenon when it premiered in the summer of 2019. TV dramas about troubled high-schoolers are nothing new, but Euphoria felt like it was. The characters deal with addiction, gender dysphoria, poverty, and rage, all of it spinning out in a hyperstylized universe. It’s a multisensory experience, full of saturated colors, bombastic needle drops, and a restless camera that whips among characters as they float from one bad decision to the next. There’s something strangely enthralling about the chaos. As a friend of mine says, some people put The Office on in the background; for others, Euphoria is that show.
“It’s like we were chasing Euphoria,” says Zendaya, who stars as the drug-addled teen Rue, when describing the feeling of resuming production on season two. “We were like, We need to be what we were in season one, and we were trying to find that spark. We weren’t saying it, but we were a little stressed.”
The show, adapted from a 2012 Israeli series of the same name, follows Rue and the teens in her orbit: the perennially buttoned-up Lexi (Maude Apatow); Lexi’s older sister, the so-romantic-it-hurts Cassie (Sydney Sweeney); Cassie’s terrifyingly confident best friend, Maddy (Alexa Demie); Maddy’s on-again, off-again boyfriend, Nate (Jacob Elordi), a maniac in the body of an Abercrombie model; Kat (Barbie Ferreira), an acerbic goth turned entrepreneurial camgirl; and the soft-natured, battle-worn Jules (Hunter Schafer), who becomes a love interest for Rue and a lust interest for Nate and his father, Cal (Eric Dane).
Maude was photographed for Interview Magazine‘s March 2022 issue! Check out the photos below.
INTERVIEW – Like her character on HBO’s Euphoria, Maude Apatow is a keen observer of life. The 24-year-old actor has been working since she was seven, appearing in movies like Assassination Nation and The King of Staten Island, which was directed by her dad, Judd. Now that she’s all grown up, she’d like to tell us about her pets, apps, and bad habits.
INTERVIEW: What’s on your lockscreen?
APATOW: A picture of my cat, Dolly <3
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Maude was recently interviewed for Who What Wear. Check out the stunning new photoshoot below!
WHO WHAT WEAR – “Wait!” Maude Apatow interrupts herself in a moment of panic. “I need to make sure that I give you an exact statement of how I’m supposed to describe it because I don’t know if I’ve spoiled anything.” The 22-year-old actress has the arduous task of promoting a new project shrouded in secrecy, and she understandably doesn’t want to blow it. Apatow and I are just a few minutes into our phone conversation when I ask her about the project in question, Ryan Murphy’s Netflix series Hollywood. She hints at a post-war Tinseltown narrative turned on its head, and that’s pretty much all she can say at the time of our call. Hollywood is Murphy’s second project for the giant streamer, and luckily, I don’t need to be privy to key plotlines to know that one, the series will be a hit, and two, the cast, a mix of industry vets and exciting new talent, is not to be overlooked. These are Murphy staples, after all.
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Hi, Maude fans! I have updated the gallery with Netflix’s Hollywood Tastemaker event (February 23), photoshoots from 2019-20, and Hollywood episode stills. Screen captures of Hollywood will be up as soon as possible.
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