Barbie Ferreira is dropping out of euphoria High The actor who played spiraling high school student turned empowered cam girl Kat Hernandez for two seasons on HBO is leaving the series, she announced on Wednesday.
“After four years of getting to embody the most special and enigmatic character Kat, I’m having to say a very teary-eyed goodbye,” Ferreira wrote on her Instagram Story alongside artwork by euphoria co-star Hunter Schafer. “I hope many of you could see yourself in her dela like I did and that she brought you joy to see her journey into the character she is today. I put all my care and love into her and I hope you guys could feel it. Love you Katherine Hernandez.” (vanity fair has reached out to reps for HBO and Ferreira for comment.)
Ferreira’s departure comes amidst reports of tension between herself and series creator Sam Levinsonwith The Daily Beast reporting in February that Ferreira walked off set while filming season two. The report also claimed that the actor injured herself while filming a hot tub-set scene. HBO denied that the production was unsafe in a statement to The Hollywood Reporternoting that it “was in full compliance with all safety guidelines and guild protocols” and that “there were never any formal inquiries raised.”
Some speculated that reported fallout with Levinson led to Ferreira’s role being sidelined in the show’s second season, relegated from main-character status to an arc centered on faking a terminal illness to break up with her boyfriend, Ethan (Austin Abrams). Ferreira distanced herself from rumors of behind-the-scenes conflict, telling Insider in March: “I really think that the fans are really passionate and I do appreciate that because euphoria has really impacted so many people. Sometimes things take on a life of their own, and they’re not rooted in the truth, but it’s okay because I know it’s just out of passion and out of curiosity and all that good stuff.”
Ferreira, who recently made a brief appearance in Jordan Peele‘s nopealso opened up about Kat’s “very internal” season two arc to vanity fair in February. “I think of season one as a big trauma for Kat, and kind of a turning point in feeling invisible and getting what she thinks she wants and then what she actually wants, and then not understanding and disappearing into an alter-ego that didn’t solve anything,” she told VF. “The only thing it did was kind of pushing it deeper in. All the characters have so many problems going on. Kat’s is just a very internal, self-hatred kind of vibe, you know what I mean?”
euphoriawhich is nominated for 16 Emmys including outstanding drama series, hasn’t yet announced a start date for its third season.