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Colman Domingo denies “Euphoria” set turmoil: 'A lot of young actors may not be up for the task'

Colman Domingo denies “Euphoria” set turmoil: 'A lot of young actors may not be up for the task'

“There’s no one that’s going to mistreat you on the set of 'Euphoria.'"

Since it premiered in 2019, Euphoria has been one of the most dramatic dramas to hit television in a long while, onscreen and — if the rumors are true — off-screen as well.

In a new interview with The Independent in support of his star turn in the Netflix biopic Rustin, series recurring guest star Colman Domingo debunks the purported turmoil on the set, saying that young actors "may not be up for the task" of working on a TV show.

In February 2022, The Daily Beast published a report on "messy behind-the-scenes drama" on Euphoria as season 2 of the hit HBO show was taking off, with accusations of workdays stretching "anywhere from 15 to 17 hours."

Eddy Chen/HBO Colman Domingo in 'Euphoria'
Eddy Chen/HBO Colman Domingo in 'Euphoria'

"I’m not gonna invalidate [anyone’s] experience," Domingo said when asked about the show's set atmosphere. "But working in television is long hours. Sometimes you work up to 14 hours a day. And then you have to go home and prep. You have to really live and work in a very methodical way. A lot of young actors may not be up for the task, or have that same work ethic.”

“I’ve been in this business for 32 years,” he continued. “I know what hard work is. So when I heard those ‘reports,’ “I thought, ‘Where is this coming from? That’s just a normal work day’. Be a professional.”

Background actors also claimed that enough complaints were made to SAG-AFTRA that a union rep visited the set. Meanwhile, HBO issued a statement to The Daily Beast that the "production was in full compliance with all safety guidelines and guild protocols."

Domingo also defended show creator Sam Levinson, who was accused of fostering a toxic atmosphere on the sets of Euphoria and his other buzzy, but canceled, HBO drama, The Idol.

“There’s no one that’s going to mistreat you on the set of Euphoria,” Domingo said. “Sam Levinson is joyful, and collaborative, and could not be a bigger advocate for his actors.”

Domingo won an Emmy in 2022 for his Euphoria role as Ali Muhammed, sponsor and mentor to protagonist Rue, portrayed by fellow Emmy-winner Zendaya.

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