Ladies and ladies, listen: if you do not watch HBO's Euphoria, then consider this your sign to catch tf up because Season 2 is coming. And if you do watch, then get into this article because there's a lot to unpack about what's going on with the green lit, highly-anticipated new season.
Last season ended with lots of unclear answers to what's going on in each of the teens' lives, but like much of everything with the rest of the world, due to the pandemic, finding out what was next was put on a year-long hiatus. Thankfully, before the first season even ended, we knew another was coming regardless of how delayed.
But wait no more, Rue and Jules are on the way! So, let's get into what all we know about Season 2 of Euphoria so far.
When is season 2 of 'Euphoria' coming out?
Coronavirus had a major effect on production. No, really.
Zendaya, creator Sam Levinson, and the other cast and crew had actually began production of season two for Euphoria in early March of 2020, with a premiere date scheduled for the latter part of the year. They went as far as having wardrobe fittings, set tours, and a table read for their first episode, but the coronavirus pandemic forced production to shut down right before they actually began shooting, like most everything else in the world.
Because of this, there is no set premiere date as of yet, but Zendaya has hinted on social media that it is on the way. However, rushing back to work was never her thing. She told InStyle:
"There is a beautiful second season that has been written, but in order to do it the way we want to do it, we need to wait until it's safer."
Thankfully, the pandemic has been (somewhat) under control and production has resumed.
Zendaya is going to 'dark places' this season.Giphy
In her recent interview with British Vogue, Zendaya and show creator Sam Levinson, open up about what's to come for Euphoria. Although she openly admits that she is "the most sober person you could ask to play this part," she knows that she has to draw her inspiration from others.
"I can only understand it to an extent, and then I have to lean on Sam. He was an addict for many years as a teenager. And he's been clean since he was 19 years old. That's the thing that makes me hopeful. When we have all this really dark shit – especially this season breaks my heart for Rue – there's a glimmer of hope because I know that she is a version of him."
Levinson inserts his take during the interview via email:
"It's such a brutal season. And what I love the most about Z is she's able to go to those dark places and then as soon as I call cut, she's hanging out behind the monitor, eating Cheesecake Factory and cracking jokes. She's also family. We just shoot the shit all day. We talk about the show, the characters, life, movies, politics. She's one of the most grounded human beings I know."
The 'Euphoria' cast is still the cast (so far).
Although there's no formal announcement of cast departures, since no one died in the first season, it's fair to say that the core cast members will be returning. This includes Jules (Hunter Schafer), Nate Jacobs (Jacob Elordi), Lexi Howard (Maude Apatow), Kat Hernandez (Barbie Ferreira), Cassie Howard (Sydney Sweeney), Maddy Perez (Alexa Demie), Chris McKay (Algee Smith), Gia Bennett (Storm Reid), and Cal Jacobs (Eric Dane).
Sydney Sweeney discussed her return, without saying anything at all:
"It's more intense. I can say it's more intense. First season was a lot, second season is out of the ballpark. It's going to be amazing, very intense, crazy season."
Storm Reid added to the cast member chats, by opening up about her character on the new season:
"Yes [you'll see more of her charater, Gia]. She's becoming her own person and she's getting her own storyline, which is very exciting, so I'm excited to start that."
Sis, what's going on with Jules and Rue?!hbo trailer GIF by EUPHORIAGiphy
Storylines and cast relationships remain tight-lipped, so exploring each character is something we'll have to wait for, but that doesn't mean we can't question where we left off. When we last saw Jules and Rue, they were ready to run away together and live happily ever after. Jules was fearless in her decision, but Rue decided to stay back and be with her family.
Obviously, we don't know where they stand with each other, but there have been hints. Hunter Schafer (Jules) told Entertainment Weekly that she has ideas for Jules.
"I think she learns from experiencing things. And so to experience what she needs to, without being messy, that's from the sort of loving parent/sister relationship I feel like I have with her. That's what I want for her, although who knows how it will play out. I'm sure it will be more messy than I would hope for her."
How will the bonus episodes play into the new season?Hbo Crying GIF by euphoriaGiphy
Back in October, two bonus episodes premiered on HBO. The first of two special episodes, "Troubles Don't Last Always", with the focus being Zendaya/Rue. We pick up with Rue sitting at the diner, with another out-of-this-world actor, Coleman Domingo, or Ali, as they celebrate Christmas at a diner after Jules takes off and leaves her at the train station.
And the sheer magnificence comes from the fact that this episode places mostly just the two of them sharing monolithic dialogue--and only dialogue--front and center. It's the first time that Rue's addiction and mental health are solely discussed and highlighted. This episode strips away the multiple storylines, and the glitterati, and the privilege, and showcases Zendaya's talent exclusively, as if she were naked in front of us all and having to act her way into making us not even notice. If you weren't exactly sure why Zendaya won the 2020 Emmy Award for Lead Actress in a Drama Series, then watch this episode and see for yourself. Brilliant.
The second bonus episode followed Jules on her quest to finding her freedom and running away.
How will Drake be involved with 'Euphoria'?Giphy
As Euphoria fans know, Drake is an executive producer for the show, and famously championed for Zendaya to get the role. He's been to a few premiere parties and he's posted about the show in the past, other than that, he's also been quiet about the fate of what's next. We can confirm however, that Drake is, and has always been, just as excited to show off his involvement in the show. It's unlikely that Drake will return to the small screen for a guest starring role on Euphoria, but the father does seem actively involved with its success.
In 2019, TMZ spoke with Algee Smith (who plays Chris McKay) about Drake's involvement with the show.
"Drake came on set a few times. He threw us a wrap party; he gave away, I don't want to say how much bread he gave away but he gave us some money at the wrap party."
Adding, "It was hefty. You could buy a couple cars, I'll say that."
For now, we don't have a premiere date for new episodes, but the fact that it is officially on it's way again, is alright with me. Here's to an even greater Season 2!
You can catch up on past episodes of Euphoria on HBO Max.
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This article is in partnership with Sensodyne.
Our teeth are connected to so many things - our nutrition, our confidence, and our overall mood. We often take for granted how important healthy teeth are, until issues like tooth sensitivity or gum recession come to remind us. Like most things related to our bodies, prevention is the best medicine. Here are five things you can do immediately to improve your oral hygiene, prevent tooth sensitivity, and avoid dental issues down the road.
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5) Show Your Gums Some Love: When it comes to improving your smile, you may be laser-focused on getting your teeth whiter, straighter, and overall healthier. Rightfully so, as these are all attributes of a megawatt smile; but you certainly don’t want to leave gum health out of the equation. If you neglect your gums, you’ll start to notice the effects of plaque buildup, which can irritate the gums and cause gingivitis, the earliest stage of gum disease. Seeing blood while brushing and flossing is a tell-tale sign that your gums are suffering. You may also experience gum recession — a condition where the gum tissue surrounding your teeth pulls back, exposing more of your tooth. Brushing at least twice a day with a gum-protecting toothpaste like Sensodyne Sensitivity and Gum, coupled with regular dentist visits, will keep your gums shining as bright as those pearly whites.
Imma tell y’all what — it seems like not one week goes by when I don’t see some sort of so-called term that has me like, “What in the world?” For instance, when I first stumbled upon “self-partnering,” honestly, I laughed. Then shared it with some other single people as well as married folks I know. And I kid you not, every individual was like, “What the heck does that mean?” When I told them that it was yet, one more way to seemingly define single living, basically everyone’s follow-up was, “Oh, brother.”
Why can’t (more) singles just be single and be okay with that? Good Lord. Why does there need to be some sort of relational play-on-words to make it sound like we’re with someone — even if we’re not?
Now masterdating? Even though it’s not even close to being a “real” word, it’s something that also brought a laugh outta me — although it was then followed by a genuine smile. The laugh because I almost immediately caught the play-on-words. The smile was due to the intention behind it all.
If you’re not familiar with what masterdating is and you’re curious about why you should even care, take a few moments to at least skim through what it’s about and why I think participating, as a single person, is a pretty cool (and effective) concept.
Masturdate: a date w oneself
What’s Masterdating All About?
Masterdating. Okay, so let the word marinate for just a moment. What does it sound like? Yeah…exactly. And since a huge part of masturbation centers around self-pleasure, it’s cool to explore how “self-dating” could produce similar (as far as pleasure is concerned in a broader sense) results. Because masterdating is all about spending quality time with yourself, pampering yourself, treating yourself— and yes, taking yourself out on dates.
Any of you who may think that masterdating is a consolation prize — and a pitiful one at that — for not being able to go out with another human being or get that dream $200 first date that social media was all in a tizzy about last year (bookmark that) — personally, I think that you’re the demographic who needs to try out masterdating first and the most. Why? Off top, I’ll share my three good reasons.
3 Reasons To Strongly Consider Masterdating
1. It’s an intimate way to get to know yourself better. I’ve been working with couples for a pretty long time at this point and if there’s a pattern that I see arise, OFTEN, it’s that two people are oftentimes so busy trying to “find their person” that they didn’t even know who they were. As a direct result, they found themselves in a relationship with someone who only complemented the “kiddie pool version” of who they were.
That’s why it can be so beneficial to spend time getting to know yourself on the “deep end” of things: what makes you tick, what your passions are, what you want most out of life, what are your interests beyond obvious things — and masterdating can help you to discover all of this. Whether it’s traveling alone or taking out a weekend to drink some wine and journal, the more you get to know yourself, the clearer you’ll be about who complements you on a romantic and friendship level.
2. It will definitely help to boost your confidence levels. I guess since I’m an ambivert, I don’t really get why people freak out at the mere thought of going to a restaurant or movie alone. Personally, I think it requires a helluva lot more energy and gumption to wait around and plan stuff with other people (#Elmoshrug). However, whether you’re an introvert, extrovert, or ambivert, there’s no way around the fact that the more comfortable you get with doing things alone, the more your confidence levels will increase — no, soar — because of it.
One article that I read on the topic said that doing things alone can make you more creative, improve your mental health, and help you to be totally okay with being alone (so that you’re not “needy” for other people’s attention). A psychotherapist from a New York Times article on the benefits of spending time alone said, “Getting better at identifying moments when we need solitude to recharge and reflect can help us better handle negative emotions and experiences, like stress and burnout.” And when you’re able to stare negativity in its face without flinching, how could that not make you bolder, more self-secure, and hopeful about your life?
3. It will teach you to value your time more effectively. In every facet of your world, you’re gonna operate from a healthier place if you’re operating from a “full cup” rather than an empty one. When it comes to this topic, think about it — if you’re constantly waiting on someone to call you to go out or wishing for a dream date with some guy, all you’re doing is wasting precious time that you could be spending taking a cooking class or hell, hiring a chef to make you dinner at your own home.
Indeed, waiting has two sides to it: when it’s in the form of patience, it is indeed a virtue, yet when it’s wrapped up in the notion that you’re not really living life unless you have an audience…it is totally working against you. Choose wisely.
10 Solo Date Ideas To Help You To “Master” Masterdating
So, what if you’re someone who has either never considered actually masterdating before or you don’t really know what to do beyond dinner and the movies? Here are a few ideas to consider:
1. Attend a workshop or masterclass that you’re interested in. If there’s something that you’ve always wanted to learn, sign up for a workshop or masterclass. The cool thing about this option is there are probably some in your city, as well as some that you can find online (like here) that are convenient and affordable.
2. Binge-read at a local coffee shop. Aside from their coziness and oftentimes inviting scents, I once read that a lot of us gravitate to coffee shops because we can be around people without having to actually socialize with them. So, if you want to “hang out” while still being able to enjoy a bit of solitude, take a book that you’ve been trying to finish to a local coffee shop, order your favorite latte, and sit in a big-ass comfy chair. Usually, you can sit there for hours, and the staff will be just fine with it (another bonus).
3. Have a spa day in the next town. You can never go wrong with a spa day. And while going with a friend can be fun, sometimes there’s too much talking transpiring to be able to fully chill out and relax. So, go off of the grid, get a change of scenery, and hit up a spa in the next city (or town). There are lots of studies out here supporting that day trips or “daycations” can actually be really good for your long-term health and well-being.
4. See a community play. Some of the best solo dates that I’ve ever been on consisted of taking in some of the local arts in my city. What’s really cool about this particular option is, oftentimes, they are extremely inexpensive, if not totally free of charge (in exchange for making a donation or putting money into a tip jar).
5. Plan a trip. Whenever people say something along the lines of, “If you don’t expect anything, you won’t be disappointed,” I know that they low-key have some (additional) healing to do from past disappointments. There’s simply too much intel out here to support that anticipation (of good stuff) makes us more motivated and optimistic, keeps our dopamine levels up, and makes life more exciting overall.
Since traveling alone is more cost-effective, gives you the freedom to do whatever you want (when you want), and increases the possibility of meeting new people and having new experiences on your journey — why not devote a day this weekend to planning a solo trip? All the way around, it’s good for you.
6. Try your hand at your own “$200 date.” Uh-huh. Roll your eyes if you want to, but it’s real easy to talk left about how a man should be able to just drop $200 like it’s nothing…until you actually try to do it. So yes, while taking yourself out on this type of date could serve as a bit of a reality check, it can also “scratch the itch” of waiting on some dude to do it for you. It’s also way less emotionally draining because, at least when you’re taking your own self out, it’s guaranteed that you’ll enjoy the company…right?
7. DIY some pampering. When you get a chance, check out “5 Reasons You Should Unapologetically Pamper Yourself,” “Want To Love On Yourself? Try These 10 Things At Home.,” “I’ve Got Some Ways For You To Start Pampering Your Soul,” and “When's The Last Time You Actually Pampered Your Vagina?” The bottom line here is pampering is all about, not mere self-maintenance; it’s all about treating yourself to levels of EXTREME SELF-INDULGENCE. So, if nothing else tickles your fancy on this list, at least consider doing that, chile.
8. Feed your creativity. Something that I used to be really good at is art. That said, one of my goddaughters is insanely talented, so she has reminded me to tap back into it. Also, a big part of what got me into the writing world is poetry; I actually used to be a house poet at a local spot. Sometimes, my best quality time moments with myself have been revisiting these creative sides of me — and this is definitely easier to do (and enjoy) alone.
9. Try some stargazing. When’s the last time you took a blanket into your backyard, laid down on it, and just stared at the stars for hours on end? While some say that stargazing can teach you to be mindful, others say that being in that form of nature reduces stress, while others believe that looking up at the universe at night can increase your attention span. All solid reasons to give it a shot, if you ask me.
10. DO. ABSOLUTELY. NOTHING. Let me tell you something that nobody will ever be able to make me feel bad about: doing absolutely nothing. I’ve got data to back me up. Good Housekeeping shares that doing nothing can help you decide how you want to respond or react to certain things. I like howThe Guardian says that taking this approach helps you to regain control of what you give your attention to.
TIME magazine says that it can ultimately make you more productive.BBC offers up that it can help you tap into your ingenuity.Henry Ford Health says that it can make you kinder and a better problem-solver. So, if you want to invest in yourself, do nothing sometimes.
Closing Thoughts from the Lovely Javicia Leslie
While some of y'all may know Javicia Leslie from being the former Batwoman, I discovered her back in the day from the indie series Chef Julian (and yes, "Julian" was right to say that "Mo" looks like Tatyana Ali...the real ones know). Sometimes I'll hop on her IG to see what she's got going on and this story popped up within a few hours of me penning this...so, I took it as hella confirmation.
TREAT YO SELF. WAIT FOR NO ONE.
WAIT FOR NO ONE. TREAT YO SELF.
RINSE AND REPEAT.
Sooo…what kind of masterdating plans do you have for this coming weekend? While going out with others has its perks, hanging out with yourself has a ton of ‘em too. Enjoy!
No…for real. ENJOY!
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