On Thursday, Zendaya and the cast of “Euphoria” appeared on a panel at the ATX Television Festival in Austin, Texas, to share some details of the upcoming HBO drama about a group of teenagers navigating the complex minefield of drugs, sex, identity, trauma, social media, love, and friendship that is high school.
During the discussion, reports the New York Post, things took a turn when a member of the audience asked the “Spider-Man: Homecoming” star about the series’ frank depiction of drug use.
“Did you literally inhale the good stuff? The weed?” asked the man, who identified himself as Mikal.
“No, I don’t do any of that, so it was definitely a foreign thing for me,” responded the 22-year-old actress, whose character is a fresh-out-of-rehab addict.
His question answered, the fan took matters a step further by asking Zendaya if she’d go on a date with him to Amy’s, a local ice cream shop.
“Yo, if I had time I would because I love ice cream and I appreciate that,” she answered diplomatically.
“Is that a no or a maybe?” Mikal persisted.
“We’ll see,” she replied, prompting Mikal to suggest she bring a plus-one just to be safe.
Zendaya, reports the Post, responded with a laugh. “We all going,” she told the crowd.
“‘Euphoria’ puts a fresh spin on the coming-of-age narrative, exploring the teenage landscape of substance-enhanced parties and anxiety-ridden day-to-day life with empathy and candor,” describes HBO’s official synopsis of the eight-episode series, which “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 trans girl who recently moved to town following her parents’ divorce, and like Rue is searching for where she belongs.”
“Euphoria” premieres on Sunday, June 16.