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Maude Apatow on Her First Saint Laurent Show, #Fexi, and Euphoria’s Jaw-Dropping Finale

Maude Apatow on Her First Saint Laurent Show, #Fexi, and Euphoria’s Jaw-Dropping Finale

Take a step back eight weeks, to the night of the premiere of the first episode of Euphoria season two on Showtime Network. Naturally, the HBO adolescent drama, which is famed for its explicit sex, drug use, and a plethora of on-screen penises, sparked a firestorm on Twitter. Since its debut in 2007, it has become the most talked-about program on social media, surpassing even Game of Thrones this week. Likewise, while memes of Sydney Sweeney in the bathtub with her hand clamped to her mouth and eyes bulging were circulating, the most talked-about topic was the blossoming romance between Fezco, played by Angus Cloud, and Lexi, played by Maude Apatow, which came as something of a surprise. “Fezco and Lexi,” as played by Angus Cloud, was the most talked-about topic at the party.

Apatow, who is presently in Paris for the Fall 2022 Saint Laurent show, is taken aback by the overwhelmingly positive reaction to their developing romance, which became immortalized in the hashtag #Fexi during the following weeks. “It’s insane, but it’s also very lovely,” Apatow said of the film. “I didn’t anticipate people to be so enthusiastic about the project. Every single fan of the program has shown such kindness in creating these lovely drawings of us, which I find to be quite heartwarming. But I’m at a loss for words when it comes to describing it. “It’s insane how many people appear to be concerned about this.” As soon as Apatow and Cloud reconnected for the Thom Browne show at New York Fashion Week last month, it was clear that this was the first subject of discussion. “I mean, he’s almost like family to me now.” Apatow continues.

She goes on to say that this sense of belonging is shared by the whole cast of Euphoria as a whole. In Apatow’s opinion, “a large part of why we’re so close is simply how much time we spend together,” adds the director. ‘A large part of the reason why the program is so visually appealing is that the shots are really complicated and require a long time to put up.’ Going through that experience together has unquestionably brought us closer together. For the most part, we’re simply filming party sequences and having a good time on set as a group. Moreover, it is much more enjoyable to be among your friends than it is to be sitting in your trailer by yourself. To be quite honest, we speak about it all the time: we’re simply very fortunate that we all get along with one another. “I’m sure you can see that I’m quite appreciative.”

Despite the fact that Lexi was a crucial component of the show’s primary ensemble in the first season, serving as the level-headed childhood friend of Zendaya’s main character Rue, she really came into her own this season. “I was overjoyed,” Apatow says of receiving the season two scripts and reading Lexi’s rich character arc, which both delves deeper into the backstory of her relationship with her family and sees her friendship with Rue evolve dramatically. “I couldn’t wait to get started,” Apatow says of the season two premiere. The series’ creator, Sam Levinson, always assured me that my character’s narrative will take off in season two, and that was the case when I first signed on. Consequently, I was a little excited about it, as well as expecting that he would follow through on his promise. Nonetheless, I was overjoyed, and I believe the wait was well worth it.” Is it possible that Lexi herself was startled to find some new aspects of her personality? “I mean, there were a lot of things that startled me,” Apatow admits. The confidence she gets over the season, I believe, has taken me by surprise. She’s gone a great way in a short period of time.”

As it turns out, it’s Lexi who plays a pivotal role in Euphoria’s most delightfully bonkers sequence to date, which takes place during the second season’s final two episodes, which revolve around the play Lexi has written, which is a (very) thinly veiled dramatization of her friends’ lives and loves. Euphoria was at its best in this production, which featured elaborate stage sets that some have speculated should have bankrupted the school; a riotously funny homoerotic dance sequence starring Austin Abrams’s Ethan and oiled-up hunks set to Bonnie Tyler’s “Holding Out for a Hero”; and an unexpected intervention from one of the play’s real-life subjects.

The show’s anchor was Apatow’s extraordinary performance, which alternated between heartbreaking sensitivity, as Lexi grappled emotionally with her absent father and heavy-drinking mother—not to mention her attempts to comfort Rue in the wake of her own father’s death and help her overcome her addictions—and unintentional hilarity, as she fully embraced unhinged-theater-kid energy while bossing around her minions backstage. Laughing, Apatow continues, “Sam and I had a lot of discussions about that.” The backstage stuff and a lot of the things we discussed were largely influenced by my high school experience,” says the director. I was a theater student who took my studies extremely seriously. It really transported me back to my mind during those years.”

The play sequences were shot over the course of three weeks, making it one of the most difficult, yet ultimately gratifying, experiences of Apatow’s whole career. According to her, “everything we filmed on the stage was extremely dramatic.” “Because we were filming it in front of an actual audience, we had to practice all of the scenes beforehand, and when we screened it, it seemed like we were really doing a play, complete with dancing and everything else that goes along with it.” “That was certainly the toughest portion of the season, but we had a great time doing it,” says the team.

Now that the Euphoria promotional campaign has come to a close, Apatow has had more time to enjoy herself, and the first item on her bucket list was to attend the Saint Laurent show in Paris. As far as fashion week events go, it doesn’t get much better than this. The show was staged in the dramatic backdrop of the Trocadéro, with the Eiffel Tower glimmering in the background, and it was a dream come true. According to Apatow, “that was my very first fashion week.” “It was really breathtakingly lovely. This is something I seldom say, but it was truly stunning.” Especially for the occasion, Apatow donned one of her most playful ensembles to date, which included a slinky, floral-pattern bodysuit with a belt and a pair of classic Saint Laurent heels in the same design. My last time wearing a complete jumpsuit was when I performed in the musical Cats when I was in junior high school!” Apatow continues, this time chuckling. “In fact, I’m not sure whether I’ve ever worn something quite this daring before, but I figured, if there’s ever a time to do it, now’s probably the best moment to do it.”

When Apatow ran into a few of her fellow Euphoria castmates, notably Jacob Elordi and newcomer Dominic Fike, her pre-show nerves were alleviated to a great extent. In fact, the cast of the show’s young actors has been seen all over fashion month this year, making appearances in almost every city. “I hadn’t seen either of them since we showed the film about two months ago, so it was very wonderful,” Apatow says at the end of the interview. Knowing that I have several buddies around usually helps me to feel less scared.” Despite the fact that it was her first time at Paris Fashion Week, she is certain that it will not be her last, especially after her successful first season of Euphoria.

In this video, Apatow takes us behind the scenes of a very glamorous night out in the City of Lights, when she attended the Saint Laurent Fall 2022 fashion show in the city.

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