Lots of nice issues occurred final week: Kamala Harris turned the primary girl, Black girl, and girl of South Asian descent to grow to be our vp, Chrissy Teigen obtained a comply with from the POTUS Twitter account, and the second and ultimate bridge episode — “F*ck Anybody Who’s Not A Sea Blob” — of Euphoria lastly aired. Whereas all three made us joyful to witness, just one had us crying to the tune of Lorde’s “Legal responsibility.”
Due to Euphoria creator and author Sam Levinson and Hunter Schafer, who performs Jules on the present and co-wrote this episode, we lastly obtained a deep dive into the thoughts of the character many followers painted because the villain in season one. She compelled Rue (performed by Zendaya) to her breaking level, they accused; she broke Rue’s coronary heart, they stated. And but, we study this wasn’t a good examination of Jules in any respect. On this episode, we discover Jules in remedy after a failed try at working away, heartbroken that is she’s misplaced Rue, and fully stripped of the same old daring make-up we’re so used to seeing the character in. This, based on make-up division head of the present, Doniella Davy, was completely intentional.
Euphoria was deliberate to start manufacturing on the present’s much-anticipated second season not lengthy earlier than the novel coronavirus hit the US and compelled Hollywood right into a full-on pause. It could be months earlier than Levinson determined to create two bridge episodes targeted solely on Rue and Jules, respectively. Nonetheless, Davy had no thought the binder she crammed with seems to be for Jules would go just about unused. Not solely did a lot of the script for this episode embrace season one flashbacks, however it additionally featured Jules bare-faced in lots of the present-day scenes.
“We selected to actually pare it down and let Jules’s bare headspace take the stage,” Davy instructed CelebrityPie. “It was a distinct method for me as a result of usually we all know her make-up all the time displays the temper she’s in, however this time it was a lot about peeling away the entire layers and attending to the actual Jules.”
“[Jules] makes use of her make-up very strategically and he or she’s very conscious that she’s utilizing her make-up to embrace this femininity and conquer femininity.”
Jules talks so much on this episode about “what’s subsequent” for her. This contains doubtlessly going off a few of her hormones, which ends up in an eye-opening dialog about being transgender and femininity; what it is meant to Jules, what it means now, and the way she now not desires to cater to the male gaze. This concept and the way it extends to the persona she creates by means of her make-up, Davy defined, is one thing that is all the time been there for her and Schafer whereas creating Jules’s magnificence seems to be, it was simply by no means written into the dialogue of the script.
When Davy and Schafer would determine to create extra “female” seems to be previously, it was on goal; the identical sentiment utilized when creating a glance that is much less so. There was an intention behind all of it and — spoiler — lots of the barely extra female seems to be seem when Jules is pursuing a relationship with a person. “[Jules] makes use of her make-up very strategically and he or she’s very conscious that she’s utilizing her make-up to embrace this femininity and conquer femininity,” Davy defined, noting that, by this particular bridge episode, Jules’s perspective shifts: she appears like she’s been conquered.
The one time Jules is seen with make-up on on this episode is throughout flashbacks, a few of that are extensions of earlier scenes from season one, just like the Halloween episode when Jules was Juliet (from the masquerade scene in Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo + Juliet) and had gold flakes adorning her eyes — a replication Davy admitted was not the best contemplating how delicate these flakes are (“They have an inclination to fly in all places in the event you, like, breathe on them,” she stated). Lots of the different scenes give the viewers perception into how Jules struggled with not solely falling in love with a boy on-line, but in addition the emotional trauma of her mom’s habit. Whereas this episode does give us a glimpse on the make-up we all know and love from Jules, together with a brand new iteration of the well-known cloud eye make-up, there — as her therapist aptly states — is much more to unpack right here.
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After all, none of this implies we cannot see Jules rock some severely inspiring eye make-up in season two, as a result of we are going to. Davy has loads (and we imply loads) of concepts for the character’s story evolution, one so many viewers can relate to. In a Twitter Q&A for the episode’s premiere, Schafer instructed followers that the one facet of her character she relates most with is that Jules each very a lot is aware of who she is, however can be determining who she’s changing into.
Whereas Jules is not more likely to be straight affected by COVID-19, it is no secret that many younger persons are pursuing this sort of unbridled self-expression and questioning. And this is not new: queer theorist Judith Butler talked about this 30 years in the past. Nonetheless, even many years later, we all know it is practically unattainable to flee gender normativity, however characters like Jules are working rattling exhausting to undermine it. We’re simply the fortunate ones who get to observe it unfold.