‘Euphoria’ Creator Sam Levinson Dubbed a ‘Mad Genius’ By Jacob Elordi as His Project With The Weeknd Gets Completely Overhauled

Euphoria has been a big hit for HBO during its first two seasons. The sophomore season recently ended with a lot of uncertainty for nearly every character. Including Jacob Elordi’s Nate Jacobs, an insecure teen who called the cops on his father Cal (Eric Dane) after confronting him with a gun and a flash drive containing all of Cal’s explicit videos.

According to Elordi, Euphoria creator Sam Levinson is a “mad genius” who is so unpredictable, he has no idea where his character is headed in season 3. As everyone waits to find out what’s coming next, Levinson is staying busy by overhauling his project with The Weeknd.

‘Euphoria’ Sam Levinson attends HBO's season 2 Photo Call at Goya Studios on January 05, 2022 in Los Angeles, California
‘Euphoria’ creator Sam Levinson | Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic for HBO

Jacob Elordi explains why Nate called the cops on his dad in the ‘Euphoria’ season 2 finale

At a recent Euphoria FYC event held at the Academy Museum in Los Angeles, Elordi addressed his character’s decision to turn his dad in the season 2 finale. Ultimately, the actor said that his character didn’t have any other choice.

“I think maybe he’s at the end of his tether and that’s him facing his demon or his god even,” Elordi told Deadline. “That’s kind of the last thing he can do.”

In addition to confronting his father and then ratting him out, Nate also broke up with Cassie (Sydney Sweeney). Which left her to deal with best friend Maddy (Alexa Demie) after disrupting Lexi’s (Maude Apatow) play.

Sam Levinson is a ‘mad genius,’ according to Jacob Elordi

With so many fractured relationships and tragic endings in season 2, the next season could be about the remaining characters picking up the pieces. But Elordi says that he has no idea what’s coming next because both his character and Levinson are so unpredictable.

“I don’t know he’s [Nate] so unpredictable, and Sam is so unpredictable but I’m happy to see it go anywhere,” Elordi said. “I trust Sam and he’s a bit of a mad genius so wherever he takes it I’m happy to go.”

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Elordi also shared that his “only hope” for season 3 was that he didn’t have to “walk silently down a high school hallway again,” before adding “I’m aging.”

‘Euphoria’ creator Sam Levinson is overhauling his project with The Weeknd

While Euphoria is on hiatus, Levinson has been working with Grammy winner The Weeknd on the HBO music industry drama The Idol. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the series will “adjust” its cast and crew because the show is going in a new creative direction.

The Idol’s creative team continues to build, refine, and evolve their vision for the show, and they have aligned on a new creative direction,” HBO said in a statement. “The production will be adjusting its cast and crew accordingly to best serve this new approach to the series. We look forward to sharing more information soon.”

HBO ordered the series — which is set in the Los Angeles music industry — in November 2021. It reportedly follows a self-help guru and cult leader who has a complicated relationship with a pop singer.

The premium cable outlet has not revealed which roles are being recast. And it’s not clear how these changes will affect what’s already been shot for season 1.

Euphoria seasons 1 and 2 are now playing on HBO Max.

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