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Colman Domingo defends 'Euphoria' set conditions: 'Young actors may not be up for the task'

Emily St. Martin, Los Angeles Times on

Published in Entertainment News

Colman Domingo is defending working conditions behind the scenes on the set of "Euphoria," and suggesting younger actors' lack of work ethic could be behind the claims.

Domingo sat down with the Independent for an interview published over the weekend, and the actor addressed talk that conditions on set were less than desirable, saying that was "not one bit" his experience. Domingo portrays Ali, the 12-step sponsor to Zendaya's Rue in the series, and his performance nabbed him an Emmy.

"There's no one that's going to mistreat you on the set of 'Euphoria,'" he told the outlet. "Sam Levinson is joyful, and collaborative, and could not be a bigger advocate for his actors."

Last year, the Daily Beast published an expose that illuminated some of the stars of the gritty teen drama, with some attributed as unnamed sources. Allegations included 15- to 17-hour work days, disorganized shooting schedules and even disgruntled cast members storming off set. Background actors complained of late meal breaks, not being allowed to go to the restroom when they asked and not being given a proper holding area.

Maude Apatow, who plays Lexi in the series, confirmed to Thrillist that shooting the infamous New Year's Eve party scene was grueling.

"We shot all night, so we would start at 6 p.m. and go until whenever the sun would rise — 5 a.m. — and we were so tired."

 

Jacob Elordi, who plays bad-boy antagonist Nate Jacobs, similarly griped over the long hours to Thrillist. "The thing is, we do it for so long," he said. "We shot that party for over a week, so very quickly it's like being in Hell. It's like being in a party that you don't want to be in. At all. And you can't wait [to leave]."

HBO responded by saying the production had complied with all guild and safety requirements, while SAG-AFTRA steered clear of talking about any specifics.

Sources said repeated complaints allegedly drew a SAG-AFTRA representative to the set to check out the situation, though a source close to the show told the L.A. Times that no formal complaints were ever filed with the union.

Last year, the L.A. Times' Christi Carras interviewed several regular "Euphoria" background actors and they painted a starkly different picture. She wrote: "When they're not absorbing lessons from the main cast and crew, chilling by the pool, busting a move on the dance floor or bustling through the soundstage halls of "Euphoria" High, the background actors spend their down time keeping each other entertained. Many of the gig workers had already connected on other series and came prepared with picnic blankets. Some made TikToks. Others shared meals while gazing at the Los Angeles skyline."

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