Season 2 of Euphoria has been full of ups and downs, and to make the series even more exciting, they have added in some new characters, including Faye.
Viewers meet the blonde beauty in episode 1 when Rue (Zendaya) and her are put in a car together, as Fezco (Angus Cloud) goes inside an apartment to deal with some business.
In real life, Chloe Cherry, 24, who is an adult film star, plays the Valley girl.
When she was younger, she was a dancer, but she eventually realized she had a passion for acting. “I started studying improv and liked it so much more. It was really good for me and how my brain works, and I appreciated that it was more than just memorizing lines and regurgitating them back. I noticed that comedy and improvising were the things that I naturally had an ability to do well, and made me feel like myself,” she shared.
She continued, “I always felt that performing was a skill I had that other people didn’t. I was never nervous about being on a stage or on camera. I realized I just could care less if people thought I was weird. I just did not care. I still don’t to this day. I find myself drawn to trying things that most people would never want to do. People often think performing is so hard, but I’ve come to realize that you can do anything in this world, anything — even if it’s the weirdest thing ever — as long as you do it confidently.”
Prior to appearing on the HBO Max series, the worked in the adult film industry and appeared in over 200 movies.
As luck would have it, she got a message via Instagram that would change her life forever. “I didn’t think it was real at first. It was 2019, and someone messaged me and was like, ‘Hey it’s Euphoria. We really want you to audition for this role on season two.” It was pre-pandemic. At first, I was like, “Why would Euphoria contact me? And why would they do it over Instagram?'” she recalled.
“I was staying at my mom’s house and they said they wanted me to do a read through. They sent me this clip from the movie Hustle & Flow and asked me to record myself reading lines from it. I didn’t think anything would happen, but it led to an in-person audition. I thought they’d go with someone with more TV experience, or a more professional-looking tape, but they loved it. It demonstrated to me that they were looking at what you can do as a performer, not a technician. An attitude, not an IMDB page,” she explained. “Later, when I met Sam Levinson, he said, ‘I love watching your Instagram Stories. I just had to audition you. I was really hoping that you would be good.’ What the f**k? You’re my fan? I’m your fan.”
Though Faye was supposed to have a “smaller role,” Levinson rearranged the plot so that she would be more important to the storyline. “Sam hires who he knows can do it. He believes in you. A lot of the character came from getting together and brainstorming. We talked a lot on set, and found we had a ton in common, which led to further character development,” she said.
Ultimately, Cherry is thankful for her time on the show. “I cried my eyes out when it ended. I couldn’t help but cry because I was so overwhelmed with gratitude,” she stated. “I think Hollywood has learned that you can and should cast sex workers, especially for sex scenes. Actors with non-traditional backgrounds are getting accepted more, and it’s way less boring and way more authentic. It really doesn’t matter what somebody did outside of Hollywood or outside their ‘formal’ acting career.”
As for what Cherry hopes to do next, she “wants to be a part of any project I could improve.”
“I’d like to be on the next American Crime Story, and I want to be the criminal. Isn’t it funny that I want to do horror so badly? I would also like to get more involved in the comedy world. I’d love to do something with Bo Burnham, like a full-length mockumentary that’s entirely improvised. That’s where I think I’d be funniest. Loose plot, lots of improv? That’s definitely up my lane,” she said.