Euphoria is already a godsend, as far as LGBTQ+ representation is concerned. Jules Vaughn, played by acting newcomer Hunter Schafer, is a fully fleshed-out, nuanced character whose complex storyline delves way deeper than the “I’m trans and here’s a trans thing that happened to me” plot points we’re used to seeing on TV.
But Jules might not be the only LGBTQ+ character on the HBO series? According to a new interview with Euphoria costume designer Heidi Bivens, there might also be a nonbinary character on the show — and we’ve already met them.
Speaking to SSENSE editor Olivia Whittick, Bivens — who had previously designed costumes for films like 2019’s The Beach Bum and 2012’s Spring Breakers — says that Rue, the character played by Spider-Man: Far from Home star Zendaya, “feels nonbinary” to her.
“I didn’t set out to do what we’ve been doing with her look,” Bivens says of Rue’s costume design. “The first meeting I had with her she came in wearing a white tank top and some Re/Done jeans. And I remember thinking, ‘You look good just as you are,’ and feeling so inspired for her character Rue. She feels nonbinary to me too, in a lot of ways, which is something that’s being explored on the show.”
“Something that’s being explored on the show,” huh? Maybe I’m reading too much into this (wouldn’t be the first time!!!!), but I want to believe that Bivens is saying that Rue’s possibly not-cis gender identity is something that’s been discussed on set. Guess we’ll have to keep watching to find out.
Euphoria’s first season ends this Sunday. Watch the teaser for the finale below.