“Euphoria” star Barbie Ferreira is addressing the claims “Euphoria” fostered an unsafe work environment.
The actress spoke with Insider about the impact the show has had and whether the rumours of a supposed feud between Ferreira and series creator Sam Levinson held any weight.
“What’s interesting about this season is there are so many more eyes on it that even the news cycle has been so interesting to see,” said Ferreira. “I’ve seen so many different things and a lot of it is untrue and some of it’s kind of like mundane little things.”
The hit TV show recently came under fire for being a “toxic workplace” when concerns were raised in a report from Daily Beast.
One claim says that Barbie Ferreira clashed with Levinson, leading to her character’s screen time being cut. Other claims include background actors telling SAG-AFTRA the network failed “to provide them meals on time and refus[ed] to let people use the bathroom,” among other allegations of a “toxic production.”
“I really think that the fans are really passionate and I do appreciate that because ‘Euphoria’ has really impacted so many people,” she continued. “Sometimes, things take on a life of their own, and they’re not rooted in the truth, but it’s OK because I know it’s just out of passion and out of curiosity and all that good stuff. And I signed up for it. So, I’ll take it. I’ll take the good and the bad.”
In response to the allegations, HBO issued a statement.
“The well-being of cast and crew on our productions is always a top priority. The production was in full compliance with all safety guidelines and guild protocols,” the network said in a statement, via Deadline. “It’s not uncommon for drama series to have complex shoots, and COVID protocols add an additional layer. We maintain an open line of communication with all the guilds, including SAG-AFTRA. There were never any formal inquiries raised.”
The controversy comes after the season 2 finale for the show reached an all-time high for the series, bringing in 6.6 million viewers. The milestone makes “Euphoria” the second-most viewed show for HBO, second only to “Game of Thrones”.
The series has already been renewed for season 3, which won’t air until 2024.