Storm Reid knows you miss the madness and magic of Euphoria, her hit HBO show. In fact, she's right there with you. "I've just been thinking about working on Euphoria," Reid tells ELLE.com when asked about her first post-pandemic activity. Production on the highly-anticipated second season halted mere days before filming was to begin. That means no resolution for Reid's Gia or her bond with sister Rue (Zendaya)—yet.
Despite the fact that she's homebound when she wants to be on set and working out in her backyard rather than her favorite gym, Reid is committed to positivity. She does, however, admit that it isn't always an easy practice. "Some days, I feel great and things are going amazing because, thankfully, I've still been able to work from home and do a lot of producing stuff," she explains. "But then when you go on social media and you look at the news, it seems to just all fall apart in front of my eyes. I really have to tell myself it's okay to feel happy and it's also okay to feel bad and a little hopeless. But I know that I can't stop because there's people in the world who need me, need my light, need my positivity."
Reid, who collaborated with Aerie's latest OFFLINE launch, lends that light to her conversation with ELLE. She opens up about the changes to her fitness routine, celebrating Zendaya's recent Emmy nomination, and assures us that, yes, Euphoria's season 2 scripts are "incredible."
How did you got involved with Aerie's OFFLINE label?
I've been using their products for a while now because I love to work out and be active. But the thing that struck me the most with Aerie is they make clothes specifically for real-life. Even though I've been trying to stay in the house, I've been going to the grocery store and the post office and doing some essential things. I feel confident enough to wear these clothes outside the house and look cute and confident but also comfortable. And if I want to work out in them too, I can.
Any favorite pieces from the collection?
My favorites are the tie-dye leggings and sports bra. My favorite color is blue, so I think that's why I love it so much. I also like this tie-dye trend people have been doing during quarantine. The OG leggings are my go-to because they're comfortable [and] also keep me warm. It's really hot in California, but even though I feel like they would keep warm in the fall, they're not too hot for working out outside in the summer.
There are days that I don’t have the enthusiasm to do anything active because I might have a day full of zoom calls or simply because of everything going on in the world can be overwhelming. Real talk, though, I know how tremendous I feel when I do something beneficial for my body. I’m reminded of how strong and powerful I am after some activity, whether that be dancing or training. Now it’s time for you to move. Get up and do something active today. I am getting some hops in my new OFFLINE by @Aerie look. ✨🏃🏽♀️ What are you doing to stay active? #GoingOFFLINE #AeriePartner
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How has your own wellness and fitness routine changed during quarantine?
Around September of last year, I started training with my trainer, Fitnessiam, so [going] from training four times a week to not being able to go to the gym due to safety precautions has been a transition for me. I want to go to the gym, it really sets up my day, but it's just not safe at the time. Thankfully, I have a treadmill at home, I have a Peloton bike, and I have a lot of open space to still be active and get my movement in, even though I'm not technically in the gym with my trainer.
What books, TV shows, and movies have you discovered in quarantine that you love?
I've been watching a lot of documentaries. I'm a big sports/sneakerhead so I watched The Last Dance, which was amazing. I watched Little Fires Everywhere. I have to support Ms. Reese and Ms. Kerry and that show was incredible. I'm so proud of them for their Emmy nominations. I watched the documentary Three Identical Strangers, which I found really interesting. And then right now, going back into the sports world, my brother plays football and he introduced me to this documentary on Netflix called Last Chance U.
One of my favorite shows isn't filming right now and that's Euphoria season 2. What can you tease about the new season?
Well, we had the table reads for season 2 right before the shut down. The scripts are pretty incredible. I can't spoil too much about those. But pertaining to Gia, I feel like this season we'll really get to see who she is outside of just being Rue's little sister. She will really become her own person and her own character and she really is growing up in the show, which I love. I love that we're going to see more of the family dynamic and how Rue has really turned her life upside down and how that might change the course of her life forever. I guarantee when the world is safe and we're able to go back into production, we're going to put 150 percent into it and hopefully audiences will love it as much as they love season 1.
Do you know if the pandemic will play a role in Euphoria's second season?
None of the scripts I read have the elements of being smaller or relating to the pandemic. I think we're just all waiting to see what's going to happen. I know that Sam [Levinson, the show's creator] is the only one who writes the scripts, so he's very involved and puts his heart and his all into everything that goes into Euphoria. I can't speak for everybody, but I think our hope right now is to get over this and be able to go back into production like we planned and do it safely.
What was your reaction to Zendaya's recent Emmy nomination?
I woke up and that was the first thing I saw on my phone and I literally screamed. I posted a few Insta stories and then texted her. I'm immensely proud of her. I know the type of person she is and how much effort she [puts into] acting. I've been able to see that firsthand and have her as a bonus big sister. But [she] is also someone I have looked up to since I was nine. She's always emulated the perfect example of being a young woman who was unapologetically herself, but can still be a role model to a lot of young people and show the world that she can do a lot of things. Yes, she was on Disney Channel, but I feel like she made a beautiful transition into [being] a young adult and what she's doing now. I am inspired.
Zendaya and Sam made a secret movie during quarantine. How much did you know about that when it was shooting?
I knew that she was out of town filming a project, but I had no idea she was shooting a movie and shooting a movie with Sam. The internet went really crazy when she posted it. I was one of those people to be like, "Oh my God, that is so cool." And I was a little jealous because I was like, "Dang, I wish I was working right now." But I'm super duper proud of her and super duper proud of Sam and John David Washington and I can't wait to see the magic they made.
You'll soon be starring in the Suicide Squad sequel. What can you say about that project?
It was such a fun production, that's really the only thing I can say. I think they are working very hard on editing it, even though we are still in the middle of this pandemic. Hopefully by next year, we'll be able to see it all come together.
How have you been navigating social media during this time, particularly in light of the Black Lives Matter movement and the pandemic?
It's been up and down from me. There's times where I just don't feel like posting. When George Floyd passed away and Breonna Taylor and Elijah McClain, there was a moment in time where I just felt helpless. I had a lot to say, but I was processing it all as a young person. I didn't know how to feel about everything that was going on, even though this is something that we unfortunately have seen for years.
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So I made sure all my posts were about what was going on in the world. I'm also finding joy in these moments, and I feel like that's important to share as well. It's a balance for me and how I feel about what's going on in my life, what's going on in the world. I'm just moving from a space of gratitude and a space of purpose, trying to give people opportunities and trying to help the world.
This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity.
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