Barbie Ferreira Won’t Be Returning for Euphoria’s Third Season

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Since Barbie Ferreira announced her departure, rumours have sparked that a feud with the show’s creator could be responsible

In an emotional Instagram post, Barbie Ferreira announced last week that she will not be returning to HBO’s Euphoria for season three. The actress played Kat Hernandez, an online dominatrix and student of East Highland High School, who was a fan favourite on the hit TV show. 

Ferreira shared a photo of some fan art created by her co-star Hunter Schafer and wrote that “after four years of getting to embody the most special and enigmatic character Kat, I’m having to say a very teary-eyed goodbye.” The 25-year-old continued, “I hope many of you could see yourself in her 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.”

Barbie Ferreira and Sam Levinson
Barbie Ferreira and Sam Levinson © Shutterstock

Fans have long speculated that there has been tension on the Euphoria set, with an ongoing feud between the actress and the show’s creator Sam Levinson. According to unconfirmed reports, Ferreira has had many problems with Levinson’s tough directing style and expressed concerns over her character’s storyline. Reports even claim that she has walked off set on two occasions. 

This feud is rumoured to be the reason Kat’s storyline and screen time noticeably declined during season two and now, the reason Ferreira has ultimately parted ways with the show. 

More recently, an anonymous insider, who is apparently close with the Euphoria cast and spent a lot of time on set, has appeared in a clip with radio personality Zach Sang. This alleged insider, whose voice was altered to protect their identity, went on to spill many secrets regarding the tensions on set and claimed that Levinson was ‘making cast members cry while working and would scream at them frequently to be able to get the emotions out of them while they were on set.’ 

Sam Levinson has not commented on the subject and Ferreira herself has not elaborated any further on the reasons behind her exit. 

Viewers will have to wait until the release of season three, to see how Euphoria deals with the actress’s sudden departure.