We’ll have to wait a while for season 2 of HBO’s Euphoria, but in the meantime, Hunter Schafer is talking about her trajectory from teen activist to a breakout star on the show.
Perhaps the main difference between Schafer and others who have walked the path before her is Schafer’s identity as a trans woman, of which there are few models and fewer models-turned-actors. It becomes a popular fixation point in a way that it doesn’t for others — rarely are Cameron Diaz or Amanda Seyfried questioned at length about their pubescent years. For Schafer, this occurs at least once in nearly every interview she does, sometimes sustaining the entire conversation.
“Even right now, I have to filter what I say, because more often than not I’ve found that when I say the T-word, whatever sentence that is becomes a headliner,” she says. “Not only do I think that’s so boring and so predictable, it’s, like, such a fraction [of my life]. It feels sensational. It feels like it’s prone to getting sensationalized. I also understand the need for dialogue on it.”
Props to photographer Daniella Midenge, stylist Nicola Formichetti, hairstylist Rena Calhoun, and MUA Holly Silius for putting together such a sumptuous series of shots.
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