Hi, Maude fans! I have added some screen captures of Maude as Lexi in the season two finale of Euphoria, 2×08 – “All My Life, My Heart Has Yearned for a Thing I Cannot Name.”
Zendaya opens up about what Lexi’s play means to Rue. Composer Labrinth talks collaborating with Dominic Fike and the cast. Jacob Elordi and Eric Dane talk about Nate and Cal’s reunion.
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.
Photos of Maude on Late Night with Seth Meyers (February 24) have been added to the gallery!
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.
Screen captures from the latest Euphoria episode (2×07 – “The Theater and It’s Double“) have been added to the gallery!
On Sunday night, Maude attended Batsheva‘s fall 2022 collection party held at Casa Cipriani in New York City (February 13).
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).
Screen captures of Maude as Lexi in Euphoria‘s latest episode have been added to the gallery!