‘Euphoria’: The Impact Gia Will Have in Season 2

Euphoria is the boundary-pushing HBO series that details how a group of high school teens struggle to find themselves while facing the polarizing topics of sex, drugs, and mental health. The show follows Rue Bennett (Zendaya) as she returns to high school after a stint in rehab. Despite her misstep, Rue’s younger sister, Gia (Storm Reid), idolizes the recently rehabilitated high schooler who has no plans of maintaining her sobriety. 

Throughout the first season of Euphoria, Gia and fans alike were on a rollercoaster ride in terms of Rue’s mental and physical health, wondering if she would ever truly find peace. Despite taking a backseat to Rue’s journey in season one, Reid says we can expect a lot more from Gia in season two of Euphoria

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Who is Storm Reid? 

Aside from her role in Euphoria, Reid is known for her roles in films like Twelve Years A Slave and A Wrinkle In Time. Reid has also starred in Don’t Let Go and When They See Us. More recently, Reid played a role in the 2020 release of The Invisible Man. She is also going to star in the 2021 release of The Suicide Squad. 

Gia’s role in ‘Euphoria’ season two 

According to Collider, Reid says there is going to be more of Gia in season two of Euphoria. “Gia’s becoming her own person,” Reid explained, “…and she’s getting her own storyline which is very exciting so I’m excited to start that very soon.”

Throughout the first season of Euphoria, Gia isn’t present very much. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Reid refers to her character as “…just the little sister staying on the sidelines…” Throughout each episode, narrator Rue reveals the many ways she has burdened her parents as the proverbial problem child. With that role filled and cancer slowly killing the family patriarch, Gia had no choice but to take a back seat to her sister.

Despite very little screen time in the first season, Gia did play a pivotal role. Gia was the one who found Rue on her bedroom floor, covered in vomit after a nearly fatal overdose — a discovery that ends up saving Rue’s life. As the paramedics carried her sister’s seemingly lifeless body from the house, Reid’s portrayal of Gia spoke volumes as to how drug addiction can affect a family as a whole. 

Later in the season, we see Gia following in her sisters footsteps, experimenting with drugs at a school carnival. Fully aware of the dark path drugs have lead her sister down, Gia still must experience high school for herself. Fans of the show can expect to see more of those experiences and experimentation develop in the second season of the show.

When will season two of ‘Euphoria’ air? 

Euphoria was renewed in July 2019, shortly after it’s June release, but HBO has yet to confirm a premiere date for the second season of Euphoria. In a recent interview with Entertainment Tonight, Reid said filming would start “…in the next couple weeks.” While she has yet to receive a script, Reid is excited about the upcoming table reads and digging into the development of her character, Gia.

Until a release date for the second season of Euphoria is confirmed, fans of Reid can find her in The Invisible Man, which will hit theaters Feb. 28.