Nope star Barbie Ferreira has opened up about why she really left Euphoria.
Back in August, the 26-year-old announced that she would not be returning for season three of the HBO series.
“After four years of getting to embody the most special and enigmatic character Kat, I’m having to say a very teary-eyed goodbye,” she wrote in a heartfelt Instagram.
“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.”
Since her surprising announcement, Ferreira remained mum on the exact reasons behind her Euphoria departure… until now.
In a recent interview with the Armchair Expert podcast, the young talent refuted rumours of her storming off set and having drama with the show’s creator Sam Levinson.
“When people ask me about Season 2, it’s usually they come at me with, like, I was some sort of victim to Season 2, and I’m always like, ‘No, it’s okay, promise. It’s good,” she revealed.
“I kind of got sucked into this drama that I never asked to be in and that I’ve never talked about.”
While Ferreira and Levison shared no bad blood, the House of Spoils star admitted that decision to axe Kat from the series was a mutual decision.
“I don’t think there was place for [Kat] to go. I think there were places she could have gone. I just don’t think it would have fit into the show. I don’t know if it was going to do her justice, and I think both parties knew that,” she explained.
“I really wanted to be able to not be the fat best friend. I don’t want to play that, and I think they didn’t want that either. I feel like with Season 2 and certain parts of it, I feel like was kind of a struggle for both parties.”
Towards the end of her interview, the Unpregnant star added that Levinson tends to write about things he relates to, which in turn made it hard for them to collaborate on Kat’s story.
“Sam, me… it was a struggle to find the continuation of her. So that was really hurtful watching it and seeing the fans get upset,” she said.
“Sam writes for, like, things that he relates to. I don’t he relates to Kat. I like Kat. I like Kat, so I get to go on my own path. At first, I was like, ‘Oh, my God, I’m a flop. I’m a loser.’ It really has been a good thing.”
Ferreira’s interview comes a year after the show was renewed for a third season, which is set to air in 2024.