AceShowbiz - Zendaya Coleman teases what to expect about her character Rue on "Euphoria" in season 3. Alongside co-stars Sydney Sweeney, Hunter Schafer and Maude Apatow, the Emmy-winning actress took part in an awards season Q&A for their hit HBO show, accompanying a screening of season 2's fifth episode, "Stand Still Like the Hummingbird".
In the episode, which was largely seen as the season's breakout, Rue could be seen running through the night to evade police, drug dealers and her mother's attempt to bring her back to rehab. It also revealed Sydney's character Cassie's secret relationship with Nate (Jacob Elordi).
It was revealed that while creator Sam Levinson originally wrote an entirely different version of the season, Zendaya said that the plan for this standalone episode always remained pretty constant. "There was a much sadder ending to this season, and so we were thinking, 'We can't leave her here, she means too much to us,' " the "Spider-Man: Far From Home" actress told the crowd inside the Paramount Theater.
"I think, collectively, as a people, we all needed a little bit of hope. We needed something to look forward to, some goodness and some joy, and trying to find that in a very painful time," she continued saying. The 26-year-old beauty added, "That felt very relevant to, I think, a lot of people, but also important to me when it comes to Rue. I want people to know that there is something beautiful inside of her, whether she can see it at that time or not."
"So then, he proceeded to completely change the ending, and it ended in the most beautiful way and the most incredible performances that you guys brought to life that blow my mind. And really, the idea [is] that art can save lives in many ways. So it went through many iterations, but I'm grateful where it ended, and I'm grateful for all the stories that were then shared with me after that ending," the star and executive producer noted.
During the Q&A session, the cast also talked about each of their characters' arcs in that pivotal episode, which originally aired in February, and what season 3 will look like to each of their characters. For Cassie, Sydney shared that "she's looking for a family in everyone else. She looks for it and her friends, she looks for it in the guys."
Maude, meanwhile, said that her character Lexi will focus on "freedom from yourself and your thoughts and negative thoughts, negative self-talk. Once that's out of the way. you can realize your full potential, and I think that'll probably [be] hers: stop attacking herself."
Hunter later said of Jules, "I think she finds it in not the best ways a lot of the time, but I think end of the day, it's what she's looking for - what she knows is there with, Rue but there's stuff in the way; what she knows is with her dad, but there's stuff in the way; what she knows could be with Elliot, but he's an addict and everything."
Zendaya then shared her hopes for Rue in season 3, saying that her one wish "is literally just to be able to be alive and maybe enjoy it." She added that since her druggie character feels like she's always drowning, she wished that Rue can, for a moment, just be able to breathe and have "a little bit of happiness and a little bit of joy."
"And I know that she can do it because Sam wrote it, and Sam is Rue, and he's done it," Zendaya explained. "He's proof that there is hope for Rue and anyone like Rue, and from the beautiful letters and people who have reached out - I am so grateful for those experiences when somebody comes up to me, and they speak about Rue and how they've connected to her or whatever part of their healing journey she has been able to be a part of. To me that is the greatest, greatest gift I can ever ask, it gives me euphoria and purpose in what I do."