Colman Domingo Talks Allegedly Toxic 'Euphoria' Set: "That's Just a Normal Work Day. Be a Professional"

Domingo said in a new interview that 'Euphoria' creator Sam Levinson "is joyful and collaborative, and could not be a bigger advocate for his actors"

BY Kaelen BellPublished Nov 27, 2023

Euphoria's second season dropped last year, and around that time, allegations began swirling that the set of Sam Levinson's teens-on-drugs hit was a toxic and chaotic environment. 

Cast member Colman Domingo addressed those rumours in a new interview with the Independent, saying, "There's no one that's going to mistreat you on the set of Euphoria. Sam Levinson is joyful and collaborative, and could not be a bigger advocate for his actors."

Speaking about the reports of overly long work days and dissatisfaction with Levinson's on-set creative process, Domingo said the attitudes could be due to younger actors not understanding the grind of television. 

"I'm not gonna invalidate [anyone's] experience," he said. "But working in television is long hours. Sometimes you work up to 14 hours a day. And then you have to go home and prep. You have to really live and work in a very methodical way. A lot of young actors may not be up for the task, or have that same work ethic."

"I've been in this business for 32 years," he continued. "I know what hard work is. So when I heard those 'reports,' I thought, 'Where is this coming from? That's just a normal work day.' Be a professional."

Former cast member and fan favourite Barbie Ferreira left the show following Season 2 after rumours of bad blood between herself and Levinson over the treatment of her character Kat Hernandez.

Ferreira has denied the beef rumours, though she reportedly walked off the set on at least two occasions due to disagreements with the direction of her character's storyline, which allegedly resulted in Levinson making major cuts to her lines, as reported by The Daily Beast at the time. The publication also claimed that Ferreira injured herself while filming the sophomore season's infamous hot tub scene, which HBO refuted in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter.

Season three of Euphoria will reportedly be returning in 2025. 

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