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HBO defend »Euphoria” vs reports claiming that the show’s second season production was toxic and violated SAG-AFTRA stipulations. The network pointed out in a statement Variety that “the well-being of the cast and crew in our productions is always a top priority”. HBO said “Euphoria” Season 2 was produced “in full compliance with all safety guidelines and guild protocols.”

HBO’s full statement reads, “The well-being of the cast and crew of our productions is always a top priority. The production was in full compliance with all safety guidelines and guild protocols. It’s not uncommon for drama series to have complex shoots, and COVID protocols add an extra layer. We maintain an open line of communication with all guilds, including SAG-AFTRA. There have never been any formal investigations.

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The daily beast published a report in which the show’s background cast claimed that there were “multiple complaints filed with SAG-AFTRA about the production not providing them with meals on time and refusing to let people use the bathroom. bath”. Sources also told the publication that the set “did not have a proper waiting area for extras” and that “there were so many complaints filed with SAG-AFTRA that a union representative showed up. on the tray”.

A source close to the series confided Variety that no formal complaint was ever filed with SAG-AFTRA. The SAG would not comment on whether or not complaints had been filed, but sent the following statement: “The defense of categories of professional performers such as background actors and the application of contractual provisions is the one of the core functions of SAG-AFTRA. This includes the regular execution of contracts on site through our national field services department, which is responsible for resolving any on-set violations by working with company production staff members to correct immediately the problem(s) related to the employment of artists. All actors should enjoy the protections our members enjoy, and production companies that sign our agreements must follow our safety protocols, wage and hour rules, and other protections, regardless of an actor’s union status. .

As “Euphoria” season 2 aired on HBO, rumors about the show’s toxic production swirled around social media. Creator Sam Levinson and series regular Barbie Ferreira reportedly had a falling out over the direction of Ferreira’s character Kat’s story, leading to Ferreira storming the set and Levinson reducing Kat’s role in the show. season. HBO denied Ferreira stormed the set.

Levinson’s decision not to film with a shot list also reportedly caused tension on set, as it resulted in long hours for the cast and crew. As HBO noted in its statement, “it’s not uncommon for drama series to have complex shoots.”

“Euphoria” actor Jacob Elordi has previously defended the series’ long filming hours. “We make movies, you know what I mean? he Recount Variety after the season 2 finale. And while you shouldn’t suffer, to me there is great value in working hard. And for every hour that I’ve personally spent on this set, I can see it when I watch the show, and I can feel it when I’m walking down the street and people are enjoying the show.

“For me, working long hours is like the greatest joy,” Elordi added. “And they take care of us. It is my family. If I work long hours, Sam works twice as long, Zendaya works three times as long. We are all in the same boat.

“Euphoria” became the second most-watched series in HBO history after “Game of Thrones” in its second season. The series will return for a third season.

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