13 Maddy Perez Moments That Prove She's The Best Character On "Euphoria"

There's no argument that Zendaya deserved every single one of her Emmys for her groundbreaking performances in Euphoria. However, she wasn't the only one giving us a masterclass in cinematic teenage angst.

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Maddy Perez (played by Alexa Demie) may not be the main character of Euphoria's colorful world, but she for damn sure "is an icon, a legend, and the moment."

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Here are 13 unforgettable Maddy Perez moments from Euphoria that I need to talk about until I'm blue, pink, and purple in the face — with a hint of glitter.

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1.Maddy Perez's sense of style in seasons 1 and 2 deserved an EGOT.

Maddy and Cassie wear the same outfit

Maddy's wardrobe was top-notch, and the rest of the high school looked like baby clowns in comparison. When you think of Euphoria, and your mind automatically goes to sexy clothes, thick eyeliner, and glittery mascara — you're thinking of Maddy. Yes, you are. Don't lie.


For instance, this is Maddy in everyday casual.

Maddy Perez in the gym
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And this is "I'm about to go to bed" Maddy.

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And this is "I'm down to earth Maddy." Like, come on.

Maddy in the bathroom
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2.I live for the one time Maddy went Bling Ring while babysitting and tried on her boss's entire closet of vintage movie star clothes that no normal person would wear without permission.

Maddy trying on different outfits

Maddy is known for her lavish outfits at school, but it was humbling to see her still aspire to do better by going full Mulholland Drive in a random rich lady's closet.


3.The first appearance of Ms. Perez in Season 2 introduced one of the best outfits in dramatic television.

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Her hair was layered for the gods, the Ashanti baby hairs were curled, and the hoop earrings dangling. Remember when the high school video vixen thought her ex-boyfriend Nate was pooping at the New Year's party? (He was hooking up with her best friend, actually.) Maddy introduced the best method to knock on a door when you have places to be and people to intimidate.

4.There's the one time Maddy stole everyone's thunder after she confronted Nate and his weird-ass family at the chili cookoff competition.

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She stormed up to the booth shouting, "I'm not supposed to be here because I'm dressed like a hooker, and none of you like me, but I just want to say congratulations." She then pushed the entire giant pot of award-winning chili onto the ground. Maddy's mastered the vengeful ex-girlfriend persona. Brutal.

5.This lust-at-first-sight look Maddy gave Nate locked them into the most tragically upsetting love story on television.

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The body roll is how she caught Nate (on a good day). Maddy was not just the hot girl of the high school, but she was also an athlete giving us Dance Moms Season 1 choreography that got the attention of all the boys, especially Nate.

6.I can't get over when Maddy and the squad killed this simple TikTok cheer routine in expensive, professional-grade cheerleading outfits.

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I live for this mediocre dance routine. I was so obsessed with the basic two-step tutorial that I talked about it for months. Maddy was the "It-Girl" of the high school and the only one brave enough to confidently put rhinestones on her eyebrows like a Star Trek alien.

7.Nobody was better at popping out with off-the-wall comments that twisted their way into profound statements of maturity.

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Maddy had aspirations to be a great mother one day. She told her bestie BB that she would look cute and pregnant out of the blue. When BB asked if she remembered when she got pregnant to discourage her, Maddy replied, "Yeah, it will be NOTHING like that." You can't rain on Maddy Perez's parade.

8.Maddy was an LGBTQ+ ally and the definition of a very understanding partner.

Maddy saying, "It's not like anyone's 100% straight or 100% gay! Sexuality is a spectrum"

When she found nightmare bae's photo album full of dick pics, she earnestly asked him to open up about his sexuality instead of getting angry. When he pushed back, she tried to reassure him that sexuality is a spectrum and he didn't have to be ashamed. Kudos to Maddy for the progressive dialogue, although it didn't work.

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9.Besides the drug-dealing shopkeepers Fezco and Ashtray, Maddy is the only teenager with an actual job in Euphoria.

Maddy and Cassie sit by the pool

She was a nanny for the son of a rich family, and her dynamic with the kid was priceless. For instance, when she told Cassie that Nate "fucked her up," she immediately argued with the kid, insisting that she didn't curse. She clearly did, but her lighthearted gaslight technique was pure comedy.


10.Maddy will always keep it 100 with you. There's no doubt about that.

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When Cassie walked into the bathroom decked out in her blue and white gingham dress, looking like a character straight out of Oklahoma, Maddy and the crew called her out with no hesitation. Cassie tried to play dumb, but Maddy replied with the iconic line, "Bitch, you better be joking." The rest is meme history.

11.Maddy was low-key one of the best advice-givers in Euphoria.

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While everyone else was doing drugs and blacking out in glittery bisexual lighting, Maddy was dropping knowledge bombs at every turn. Here are some examples:

“The universe is just out here giving like zero fucks.”

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Quote from Season 1, Episode 4: "Shook Ones Pt. II"

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“90% of life is confidence. And the thing about confidence is no one knows if it's real or not.”

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Quote from Season 2, Episode 7: "The Theater and It's Double"

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"I'm just saying, love is a million things. Sometimes it feels good, and sometimes it doesn't."

Maddy sitting on a float in the pool

Season 1, Episode 5: "'03 Bonnie and Clyde"


12.I applaud Maddy for being one of the main sources of our comedic entertainment in what could be described as one of the most heartbreaking teen shows on television.

Maddy saying, "Oh, this bitch needs to be put down," and then chasing Cassie

After she learned about Cassie and Nate, I thought it was over then and there. But, Maddy was calculated and waited until the right moment to exact her revenge — the climax of Lexi's play. She stormed up to the stage, did her own stunts, and chased Cassie through the halls of the high school.


13.And lastly, nothing will beat this entire sequence of Maddy discovering Cassie is screwing her ex-boyfriend:

Rue asks Cassie, "How long have you been fucking Nate Jacobs?" and she replies "I don't even know why she would say that" and Maddy says "You're lying"

It's all in her hands.

Maddy says, "You expect me to stand here next to my best friend who’s been lying to me about fucking my ex-boyfriend? I’m literally gonna get violent. OMG, you're crying?"

Then she screamed, "You are the most self-centered idiotic person I have ever fucking met. You fucked my ex, and you’re fucking crying? Are you fucking kidding me?"

Maddy screams at Cassie

Season 2, Episode 5: "Stand Still Like the Hummingbird"

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Seriously, Maddy's manicured hands were paid actors.

Maddy asks, "Rue, when was this?"

And she finished with the line, "You dumb fucking bitch, I'm gonna fuck you up!"

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Whoa. And this scene was the most chill part of the entire episode.

The entire cast of Euphoria gave me life and some cinematic trauma, but I can't wait to see what Maddy Perez has in store for us next season. I know she's going to bring it.

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What are your favorite moments from Euphoria?

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