Know the Cast: ‘Euphoria’

Euphoria Cast - Every Performer and Character in the HBO Series

The Euphoria cast features Zendaya, Jacob Elordi and Sydney Sweeney. This info article contains minor spoilers for Sam Levinson’s HBO series. Check out more streaming guides in Vague Visages’ Know the Cast section.

Euphoria follows a recovering drug addict named Rue. She narrates about her life experiences and how the death of a loved one affected her formative years. When Rue uncovers an extortion plot involving her transgender best friend, she struggles to stay clean while sorting through the complexities of various relationships. Here’s every main performer and character in Euphoria, an American adaptation of Ron Leshem’s Israeli miniseries.

Euphoria Cast: Zendaya as Rue Bennett

Euphoria Cast on HBO - Zendaya as Rue Bennett

Character Profile: A recovering teenage drug addict. She develops romantic feelings for her best friend, Jules, a transgender girl. Rue struggles to stay clean as her life becomes increasingly stressful.

Zendaya’s Resume: Rocky Blue in Shake It Up (2010-13), K.C. Cooper in K.C. Undercover (2015-18), Michelle aka MJ in the Spider-Man Movie Franchise (2017-), Anne Wheeler in The Greatest Showman (2017), Chani in Dune (2021)

Euphoria Cast: Maude Apatow as Lexi Howard

Euphoria Cast on HBO - Maude Apatow as Lexi Howard

Character Profile: Rue’s long-time friend. She offers timely help to Zendaya’s character but doesn’t receive much gratitude. Lexi tries to fit in with her sister’s inner circle.

Apatow’s Resume: Sadie in Knocked Up (2007), Mable in Funny People (2009), Cleo in Girls (2015), Grace in Assassination Nation (2018), Claire Carlin in The King of Staten Island (2020)

Euphoria Cast: Angus Cloud as Fezco

Euphoria Cast on HBO - Angus Cloud as Fezco

Character Profile: Rue’s loyal friend, a drug dealer. He runs a back-store narcotics business with a kid named Ashtray. Fezco worries about Rue’s self-destructive behavior.

Cloud’s Resume: Walker in North Hollywood (2021)

Euphoria Cast: Eric Dane as Cal Jacobs

Euphoria Cast on HBO - Eric Dane as Cal Jacobs

Character Profile: A successful businessman who secretly records sexual encounters with minors. He’s the father of a popular high school quarterback named Nate. Cal worries about the consequences of a sexual meeting with Rue’s friend, Jules.

Dane’s Resume: Mark Sloan in Grey’s Anatomy (2006-), Multiple Man in X-Men: The Last Stand (2006), Sebastian in Marley & Me (2008), Marcus in Burlesque (2010), Tom Chandler in The Last Ship (2014-18)

Euphoria Cast: Alexa Demie as Maddy Perez

Euphoria Cast on HBO - Alexa Demie as Maddy Perez

Character Profile: Rue’s self-conscious friend. She is the girlfriend of Cal’s son, Nate. Maddy upsets her boyfriend after having drunken sex in a pool with a classmate named Tyler.

Demie’s Resume: Shairee in Ray Donovan (2016), Marina in Love (2018), Estee in Mid90s (2018), Alexis in Waves (2019), Isabelle Roberts in Mainstream (2020)

Euphoria Cast: Jacob Elordi as Nate Jacobs

Euphoria Cast on HBO - Jacob Elordi as Nate Jacobs

Character Profile: Cal’s son and Maddy’s boyfriend. He struggles with his sexual identity and creates a fake online profile to chat with the transgender student Jules. Nate physically abuses both Maddy and a classmate named Tyler.

Elordi’s Resume: Noah Flynn in The Kissing Booth Movie Franchise (2018-), Rooser in Swinging Safari (2018), Jake in The Mortuary Collection (2019), Chase in The Very Excellent Mr. Dundee (2020), Chris in 2 Hearts (2020)

Euphoria Cast: Barbie Ferreira as Kat Hernandez

Euphoria Cast on HBO - Barbie Ferreira as Kat Hernandez

Character Profile: Rue’s classmate. She develops an online following in the world of adult entertainment. Kat uses her internet knowledge to earn money via bitcoin.

Ferreira’s Resume: Ella in Divorce (2018), Bailey Butler in Unpregnant (2020)

Euphoria Cast: Nika King as Leslie Bennett

Euphoria Cast on HBO - Nika King as Leslie Bennett

Character Profile: Rue’s mother. She worries about her daughter’s drug addiction issues. In the past, Leslie’s husband passed away from cancer.

King’s Resume: Coach Lewis in Hannah Montana (2006), Clementine in NCIS: Los Angeles (2016), Ramona Chapman in Greenleaf (2016-17), Nika in Funny Married Stuff (2016-18), Josephine Baker in Kevin Hart’s Guide to Black History (2019)

Euphoria Cast: Storm Reid as Gia Bennett

Euphoria Cast on HBO - Storm Reid as Gia Bennett

Character Profile: Rue’s sibling. Like her mother, she worries about her sister’s physical and mental health. Gia upsets Rue when she begins partying with friends.

Reid’s Resume: Emily in 12 Years a Slave (2013), Meg in A Wrinkle in Time (2018), Lisa in When They See Us (2019), Sydney Lanier in The Invisible Man (2020), Tyla in The Suicide Squad (2021)

Euphoria Cast: Hunter Schafer as Jules Vaughn

Euphoria Cast on HBO - Hunter Schafer as Jules Vaughn

Character Profile: Rue’s best friend, a transgender girl. She gets extorted by Nate after having sex with his father. Jules has an intense and complicated friendship with Rue.

Schafer’s Resume: TV Debut in Euphoria

Euphoria Cast: Algee Smith as McKay

Euphoria Cast on HBO - Algee Smith as McKay

Character Profile: A college football player who dates Rue’s friend, Cassie. He struggles with confidence issues. McKay’s unresolved personal issues negatively impact his relationship with Cassie.

Smith’s Resume: Marcus Simms in Earth to Echo (2014), Larry in Detroit (2017), Khalil in The Hate U Give (2018), Jake Winters in Judas and the Black Messiah (2021), Sam in Mother/Android (2021)

Euphoria Cast: Sydney Sweeney as Cassie Howard

Euphoria Cast on HBO - Sydney Sweeney as Cassie Howard

Character Profile: Lexi’s sister and McKay’s girlfriend. She worries about her reputation because of leaked sexual encounters with men. Cassie seeks personal independence while dating McKay.

Sweeney’s Resume: Eden Spencer in The Handmaid’s Tale (2018), Alice in Sharp Objects (2018), Snake in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (2019), Olivia Mossbacher in The White Lotus (2021), Pippa in The Voyeurs (2021)

Euphoria Cast: Colman Domingo as Ali

Euphoria Cast on HBO - Colman Domingo as Ali

Character Profile: Rue’s friend from a Narcotics Anonymous group. He offers tough love advice after a near relapse. Ali agrees to sponsor Rue and helps in her recovery process.

Domingo’s Resume: Private Harold Green in Lincoln (2012), Ralph Abernathy in Selma (2014), Victor Strand in Fear the Walking Dead (2015-), X in Zola (2020), William Burke in Candyman (2021)


The Euphoria cast also includes Alanna Ubach (Coco, Guilty Party), Lukas Gage (Assassination Nation, The White Lotus), John Ales (Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll, True Story), Javon Walton (Utopia, The Addams Family 2) and Austin Abrams (The Walking Dead, Dash & Lily).

Q.V. Hough (@QVHough) is Vague Visages’ founding editor.