How Euphoria 's Maude Apatow Really Feels About Being Labeled a "Nepotism Baby"

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Maude Apatow wants you to know she's more than just a celebrity kid.

The Euphoria star, who is the daughter of director Judd Apatow and actress Leslie Mann, said she's well-aware that the internet has dubbed her a "nepotism baby." In an interview with Net-a-Porter published on Sept. 5, the 24-year-old candidly opened up about the label she's been given.

"At first, I was sad," Maude admitted. "I try not to let it get to me because I obviously understand that I'm in such a lucky position. A lot of people [in a similar position] have proven themselves over the years, so I've got to keep going and make good work."

She continued, "It's so early in my career, I don't have much to show yet, but hopefully one day I'll be really proud of the stuff I've done by myself."

Maude, who is set to star and write in a dark comedy with Netflix, also shared the advice she's received from her father that has helped her navigate Hollywood.

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"My dad always told me acting is tough because you never know what's going to come next," she said. "He always encouraged me to write. You can shoot a movie and really hope it will work, but you don't know how they're gonna edit it. To not have any control of that is scary sometimes, so I try to do other things."

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In fact, both of her parents are supportive.

"Dad always reads what I write, but I have to be at a certain point," she continued. "I'll wait until I'm almost done and then get notes from him. I get annoyed because he'll come up with a better idea, but he's super-helpful. So is my mom."

"I feel like I really need to prove myself," Maude explained about feeling pressured to make her parents proud, "so I work extra hard."

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However, she points out that she's her own worst critic.

"I'm always hard on myself," Maude confessed. "Sometimes I get in my head and think, 'Why would anyone want to hear what I have to say?' Then I tell myself, it doesn't matter, it's just entertainment. I try to clear my head of any of those thoughts."

She continued, "You can't constantly judge yourself: it's such a creativity killer."

It is, indeed!

And from her upcoming television projects—Euphoria season three and her new sci-fi series Pantheon—it looks like she's doing just fine!

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