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After two seasons of portraying the vibrant and brash Kat Hernandez on “Euphoria,” Barbie Ferreira is, sadly, making her exit. The actor announced her departure from HBO’s specific and revered teen drama on Aug. 24 in a heartfelt be aware shared by way of Instagram. “[A]fter 4 years of attending to embody the most particular and enigmatic character kat, I’m having to say a really teary eyed goodbye,” Ferreira wrote in an Instagram Story. “[I] hope a lot of you might see your self in her like i did and that she introduced you pleasure to see her journey into the character she is at the moment. i put all my care and love into her and that i hope you guys may really feel it. love you katherine hernandez.”

Ferreira did not share extra particulars relating to her character’s exit, nevertheless, her assertion comes after unconfirmed reviews of a rumored on-set feud between her and “Euphoria” creator Sam Levinson (be aware: the actor beforehand mentioned “plenty of it’s unfaithful”). According to The Daily Beast, she and Levinson allegedly “butted heads” over the course of her character (manufacturing sources additionally claimed Ferreira walked off set “a minimum of two instances”) — a priority Ferreira’s followers additionally shared following her minimized storyline in season two.

When “Euphoria” viewers first met Ferreira’s Kat in 2019, they instantly grew keen on her badass body-positive energy, confident attitude, and intriguing virtual-dominatrix storyline. Cam-girl Kat’s journey of self-discovery stole the present in season one, as she not solely encountered typical teenage issues like bullying and insecurities however explored the depths of her sexual energy, too. Like most teenagers who grew up in the Internet Age, Ferreira’s character launched into a journey of self-discovery by the use of her secret sexy shops: fan fiction and the on-line intercourse area. Characters like Kat made it OK for younger ladies, and folks normally, to really feel comfy sufficient to personal their sexual id. Her development wasn’t all the time fairly (nor sugarcoated sufficient for a TV-14 score), but it surely was actual.

It was good to look at a high-school-set collection break the mould for as soon as; it felt like progress was being made, particularly for ladies who by no means noticed themselves as the “standard child” or image good.

Personally, I had by no means seen a personality as complicated and revolutionary on this regard till Kat. As a viewer, it was good to look at a high-school-set collection break the mould for as soon as; it felt like progress was being made, particularly for ladies who by no means noticed themselves as the “popular kid” or image good. Kat went in opposition to the grain of each teenage and sidekick/“fat best friend” trope

that might in any other case, as we have seen in different young-adult TV reveals, scale back her to tropes and plots that merely give attention to her bodily look. So it was stunning {that a} character as fascinating as Kat wasn’t allotted much more display screen time to shine in season two of “Euphoria.”

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To followers’ shock, Ferreira’s Kat served extra as a supporting actor in the present’s cinematic second installment — a downgrade (and, truthfully, a slap in the face to Kat-lovers) from the place we final left her in season one. Next to jaw-dropping drama between Rue (Zendaya), Cassie (Sydney Sweeney), Maddy (Alexa Demie), Nate (Jacob Elordi), and Fezco (Angus Cloud), Kat acquired the quick finish of the stick. Though the begin of season two appeared to prime an enormous battle round her lack of affection towards her boyfriend, Ethan (Austin Abrams), that storyline was never explored in depth and, subsequently, handled as if it hadn’t even occurred by episode eight. In truth, Kat’s final remedy of Ethan — who viewers watched her sweetly fall for in season one — with a dismissal by means of a lie about most cancers appeared shockingly out of character.

And what occurred to Kat’s cam-girl storyline? Why was she in so few scenes with nothing to contribute to season two’s plot? Why wasn’t she handled with extra care? If Ferreira did, actually, really feel betrayed by the sudden pivot of her character’s story, she wasn’t alone. Fans of Kat’s compelling narrative felt like “Euphoria” turned its again on certainly one of its most treasured gems.

Ferreira’s character was as a lot a draw to the present as every other fundamental star and will’ve had area to delve deeper into the basis that was laid for her since day one. Kat broke boundaries on TV, and Ferreira has finished the similar in protection of herself and her character off display screen as properly. Depending on how she’s written off the present in season three, viewers might by no means know all the glass ceilings Kat may’ve burst by means of. If solely she was given a good probability.

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