The season finale of HBO’s Euphoria was full of jaw-dropping moments — but one that fans couldn’t stop talking about was the simultaneously heartbreaking and frightening emotional breakdown that the show’s villain, Nate, experienced.
Nate’s breakdown was the result of an argument with his father, who came to Nate to critique his performance after his win at the school’s homecoming football game. Their disagreement leads to a physical altercation that ends in Nate screaming, crying, and repeatedly banging his head on the ground in order to make his father let go of him.
Jacob Elordi, who plays Nate, recently revealed to Entertainment Weekly that the scene was as difficult to shoot as it appeared onscreen, and that he, alongside his costar Eric Dane, wanted to make the moment appear as raw and real as possible. The Australian actor says he even walked away with a concussion post-filming.
“Eric and I, we’re incredibly close, so I basically said to him, ‘Let’s rock and roll and make it sort of as real as possible,’ because I think it’s super important, and he was onboard as well,” Jacob told EW. “So Eric f*cking smashed me. I was bleeding. I got a concussion. I ended up throwing up after work. It was gnarly.”
The scene had fans buzzing that, alongside the show’s star, Zendaya, Jacob too might deserve Emmy recognition come awards season for his work as the show’s tortured villain. Though Jacob described the scene as physically and emotionally trying, he doesn’t regret the pain he endured in order to accomplish the scene — especially because the moment was shot as they were wrapping up filming the show’s first season.
“It was almost like this massive letting go of everything over the eight months that we filmed,” Jacob said. “It was incredibly grueling, but it was so worthwhile, and I definitely couldn’t have done it without Eric and Sam [Levinson, the show’s director] kind of walking me through it and helping me out.”
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