The second episode of controversial teen drama Euphoria aired in the US on Sunday night, shocking viewers with its full frontal nudity.
The talking point of the second installment of the drama was a locker room scene starring Jacob Elordi, which saw his teenage character Nate surrounded by around 30 naked male classmates.
The show’s creator, Sam Levinson, who has said much of Euphoria’s shocking storylines are based on his own teen years, previously revealed that the scene actually originally included ‘like, 80 more penises,’ before network HBO voiced its concerns.
Controversial: The second episode of teen drama Euphoria aired in the US on Sunday night, shocking viewers with its full frontal nudity in a scene starring Jacob Elordi
Euphoria follows a group of high school students, dealing with a world of sex, drugs and social media.
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The second episode shows Nate changing in the locker room, attempting to be discreet as hit male classmates are all naked around him.
According to the, Levinson intended the scene to be a homage to cult horror film Carrie and the famous scene which sees dozens of naked teenagers in a locker room as Carrie gets her first period.
Teen years: Euphoria follows a group of high school students, dealing with a world of sex, drugs and social media
Elordi spoke to the Hollywood Reporter about the scene, revealing the energy in the room was ‘intense’ when action was called
‘I think she had to review every single penis before putting it on the show,’ the actor admitted. ‘For me, it was interesting because that scene was actually very real and the look on my face and the way that I was feeling was very real.’
‘The energy in the room of that many big men jumping and yelling and slapping you — nudity aside — I’m nothing like Nate and it was so intense. I didn’t realise locker rooms could be so intense, but it was actually quite hilarious.’
Viewers’ shock: The talking point of the second installment of the drama was a locker room scene which saw Nate surrounded by around 30 naked male classmates
‘I don’t care about that kind of stuff, and it’s funny reading all of the reviews now — everyone’s like, “there’s this many penises” but when you’re there, it was just hilarious. I think it’s a funny scene and I’ll definitely never forget it.’
The show also stars former Disney actress Zendaya, who plays 17 year old Rue Bennett, a troubled teenager who, when the pilot begins, is just returning home after a stint in rehab, after a nearly fatal overdose.
Rue was born just three days after the 9/11 attacks, to a stable family with two supportive parents and an adoring little sister (Storm Reid).
Star: The show also stars former Disney actress Zendaya, who plays 17 year old Rue Bennett, a troubled teenager who, when the pilot begins, is just returning home after a stint in rehab
Warning: While Zendaya’s Rue character isn’t involved in any of the sexual activity on display in the show, the actress did warn her followers about the show’s graphic nature
But, as Rue explains in her opening voice over, she doesn’t remember much between the ages of eight and 12, because the ‘world moved too fast and my brain moved too slow.’
Rue explains that she got hooked on valium at just 11 years of age, and while little is known about the incident that landed her in rehab, her younger sister (who idolizes her) found her after her overdose.
While Zendaya’s Rue character isn’t involved in any of the sexual activity on display in the show, the actress did warn her followers about the show’s graphic nature.
The actress took to Twitter and Instagram ahead of the debut episode with a brief message warning fans that Euphoria is not for the faint of heart.
Tough: Rue explains that she got hooked on valium at 11 years of age, and while little is known about the incident that landed her in rehab, her younger sister found her after her overdose
‘Just a reminder before tonight’s premiere, that Euphoria is for mature audiences,’ Zendaya began. ‘It’s a raw and honest portrait of addiction, anxiety and the difficulties of navigating life today.’
‘There are scenes that are graphic, hard to watch and can be triggering. Please only watch if you feel you can handle it. Do what’s best for you. I will still love you and feel your support. Love, Daya,’ she concluded.
Zendaya added to News Corp on Saturday that she’s not concerned any of the scenes are gratuitous, in a time of the #MeToo movement.
‘There is something to women owning their sexuality,’ the 22-year-old actress said. ‘And I think as long as it’s done in a way where the woman is the focus, rather than male-gazing or sexualising a female, it can be very empowering,’ Zendaya added.
Speaking out: Zendaya added to News Corp on Saturday that she’s not concerned any of the scenes are gratuitous, in a time of the #MeToo movement
The former Disney star went on to say that she considers her character Rue like ‘a little sister’.
‘Maybe she’s like a little sister to me and she’s someone I want to protect. I want her to make the right decisions.’
In the first episode, viewers see Zendaya’s character, https://porntop.online/ Rue, suffering from a drug overdose.
That scene is accompanied by a group of shirtless teen boys hovering around a phone as they look at revenge porn photos of another character in the series after the images were leaked online by someone she had sex with.
There was also a statutory rape scene involving Hunter Schafer’s 17-year-old character, Jules.
Honest: Series creator Sam Levinson conceded that ‘there are going to be parents who are going to be totally f**king freaked out’.
That scene took place at a motel where Jules went to meet married father-of-three, Cal Jacobs, played by Eric Dane.
The shocking scene featured an erect prosthetic penis that was worn by Dane who proceeded to have sex with Jules, the show’s transgender character.
The first episode also showed countless drug scenes, partying and a rough sex encounter with two of the shows main characters.
Parents Television Council president Tim Winter already slammed the series before it aired, telling news sites that it ‘appears to be overtly, intentionally marketing extremely graphic adult content — sex, violence, profanity and drug use — to teens and preteens’.
Euphoria airs at 9.30pm Mondays on Fox Showcase and On Demand.
Attack: The first episode featured a statutory rape scene involving Hunter Schafer’s 17-year-old character, Jules (left). That scene took place at a motel where Jules went to meet a married father-of-three, played by Eric Dane (right)