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Just How Old Are the Euphoria Teens?

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Euphoria has brought together a diverse group of young actors to portray the most grueling parts of the teenage experience. In just the first three episodes, they’ve taken massive amounts of drugs, been threatened, and had their nude photos revealed. As much as you want to scream at them to make better choices, you also want to hug them and tell them life gets better. As HBO’s first teen drama, the cast acts in scenes that are uniquely explicit for the genre. How old are the “teens” of Euphoria, actually? Here’s what you need to know about these talented and fearless actors, including and especially the fact that almost all of them are over 21. Soak in their youth!

Zendaya as Rue Bennett

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Age in real life: 22
Age in the show: 17

What’s up with Rue: Fresh out of rehab, Rue is struggling to manage her addiction. Well, “struggling” implies she’s actually trying to stay sober, which she is not. Her new best friend, Jules, however, is changing her mind about a lot of things. Maybe she’ll find a change of heart. Rue, through voice-over, is also the show’s narrator, a sarcastic guide to the messed-up world of being a teenager.

What’s up with Zendaya: Euphoria is the former Disney Channel star’s first major television role. When she isn’t playing the surly Rue, she’s playing the even surlier M.J. in Marvel’s Spider-Man films. Previously, she starred in the movie-musical The Greatest Showman.

Hunter Schafer as Jules Vaughn

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Age in real life: 20
Age in the show: 17

What’s up with Jules: In the first episode of Euphoria, the new girl in town, Jules, takes a kitchen knife and cuts her arm open to prove to hottie Nate Jacobs that she cannot be played with. It tells you everything you need to know about her: She’s adventurous, optimistic, and resilient as hell. As a trans woman herself, Hunter helped creator Sam Levinson develop Jules as a character, making sure it was true to her own experience.

What’s up with Hunter: This is Hunter Schafer’s first acting role … ever. As a model, Hunter has appeared in campaigns for Dior, Helmut Lang, Miu Miu, Vera Wang, and other designers.

Jacob Elordi as Nate Jacobs

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Age in real life: 22
Age in the show: 18

What’s up with Nate: Nate is so complicated. On the surface, he’s a hot, hot-headed jock with an even hotter cheerleader girlfriend, Maddy Perez. His inner life gets so complex that even he doesn’t know how to deal with it. Over the course of the show, Nate will have to deal with feelings he’s repressed for years and, ideally, not hurt anyone in the process.

What’s up with Jacob: The Australian actor recently starred in Netflix’s teen rom-com The Kissing Booth which is, in a lot of ways, the exact opposite of Euphoria. He’ll return to his role in the film’s upcoming sequel.

Alexa Demie as Maddy Perez

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Age in real life: 24
Age in the show: 17

What’s up with Maddy: A lot of Maddy’s problems would be solved if she gave up on her relationship with Nate. You just wanna shake her and say, “Girl, you don’t need any of that!” It’s not as if she would listen, but at least you could say it to her face and not to your TV screen every Sunday night. Maddy and Nate’s relationship is rooted in being the hottest people in town, but the only thing that blooms from it is extreme jealousy.

What’s up with Alexa: The girl is booked and busy. She’s appeared on Ray Donovan, Netflix’s Love, The OA, and Jonah Hill’s film, Mid90s

Sydney Sweeney as Cassie Howard

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Age in real life: 21
Age in the show: 18

What’s up with Cassie: Cassie knows what she wants. Right now it just happens to be college boy Chris McKay. No matter how bad his friends try to make her feel for loving sex, she stays true to herself. Slut-shaming? In 2019? It doesn’t hit the way it used to.

What’s up with Sydney: An HBO veteran, Sydney Sweeney played Camille Preaker’s mental-hospital roommate in Sharp Objects. She’s also worked on Netflix’s Everything Sucks! and The Handmaid’s Tale.

Barbie Ferreira as Kat Hernandez

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Age in real life: 22
Age in the show: 18

What’s up with Kat: Kat is in the process of figuring out how to express her sexuality. She’s not the precious virgin everyone makes her out to be, but she’s not exactly Maddy or Cassie either. Until the idea is fully formed, Kat is fine just being unapologetically herself.

What’s up with Barbie: Barbie got her start as a model for brands like Adidas, Asos, and Forever 21 before cutting her HBO teeth on a couple episodes of Divorce.

Maude Apatow as Lexi Howard

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Age in real life: 21
Age in the show: 17

What’s up with Lexi: Lexi is Cassie’s soft-spoken little sister. She used to be best friends with Rue, but even though they’ve grown apart, Lexi is still there if Rue needs her to pee in a squeeze bottle so she can fake her drug tests.

What’s up with Maude: Familiar last name? Judd Apatow and Leslie Mann’s eldest daughter has taken on more and more acting roles in recent years. Her last credit was as Grace in Assassination Nation.

Algee Smith as Chris McKay

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Age in real life: 24
Age in the show: 19

What’s up with Chris: It’s Chris McKay’s freshman year of college, and that might be one of the top five scariest things going on in this show. While dealing with fitting in, he’s also trying to maintain his relationship with Cassie.

What’s up with Algee: Algee had roles in The New Edition Story, The Bobby Brown Story and, most recently, The Hate U Give with Amandla Stenberg.

Angus Cloud as Fezco

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Age in real life: Unclear, but he’s probably in his early twenties.
Age in the show: Rue reveals that Fezco dropped out of high school, but his actual age is unclear.

What’s up with Fezco: Your friendly neighborhood drug dealer, Fezco, is about more than just a good time. He wants to make his money, yeah, but he genuinely cares about Rue’s safety.

What’s up with Angus: This is Angus’s first acting role. He graduated from the Oakland School of the Arts in 2016.

Storm Reid as Gia Bennett

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Age in real life: 16
Age in the show: 13

What’s up with Gia: When Rue overdosed, Gia was the one who walked into her room and found her. Since her big sister has been back from rehab, the pair has been slowly mending their relationship.

What’s up with Storm: Storm Reid made an impact as Meg in A Wrinkle in Time. She recently appeared in Ava DuVernay’s When They See Us. Her first feature film role was in 12 Years a Slave.

Austin Abrams as Ethan

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Age in real life: 22
Age in the show: 17

What’s up Ethan: Kat and Ethan become lab partners early on in the show, perhaps with the potential for more.

What’s up Austin: Before he was cast in Euphoria, Ethan played Ron Anderson on The Walking Dead. Later this summer, he’ll appear in Guillermo del Toro’s Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark.

Just How Old Are All the Teens in Euphoria?