‘Euphoria’ star Jacob Elordi says that he had a ‘general idea’ for where Nate’s journey was headed while filming season 2, but the scripts kept changing ‘pretty regularly for the longest time’

Angus Cloud as Fez and Jacob Elordi as Nate on the season two premiere of 'Euphoria.'
Jacob Elordi spoke to Insider about filming season two of ‘Euphoria.’ Eddy Chen/HBO
  • Warning: There are spoilers ahead for the season two premiere of HBO’s “Euphoria.”
  • Actor Jacob Elordi told Insider that he didn’t know exactly what would happen to his character, Nate.
  • Elordi said that he had “a general idea,” but the scripts were frequently reworked while filming.

“Euphoria” star Jacob Elordi said that while filming season two, he didn’t know exactly what would happen to his character.

“Honestly, these scripts were chopping and changing pretty regularly for the longest time,” Elordi, who stars as a manipulative high school jock named Nate Jacobs, told Insider.

“I had a general idea of what was happening, but it was also pretty touch and go a lot of the time, which was nice because it kept it spontaneous and you sort of just had to sit in the situation and play with what was in front of you,” the actor added. 

“Euphoria,” which is written and directed by Sam Levinson, was met with critical acclaim when it debuted on HBO in summer 2019. 

Elordi said that Levinson welcomes the input of the cast regarding character lines and moments, but the actor is generally content to just follow the showrunner’s lead.

“I really just trust Sam in this sort of process,” the “Kissing Booth” star said. “So for me, if he puts it on the page, I trust that he knows where it’s gonna go and he knows how it’s gonna work out. And when you have a filmmaker like that, I think with someone like Sam, you can really afford to do that. You kind of put it in his hands and show up.”

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Jacob Elordi on season one of ‘Euphoria.’ Eddy Chen/HBO

Season two of ‘Euphoria’ shows Nate’s life become messier now that he’s single

The last time fans saw Nate at the end of season one, he was slow dancing at the winter formal with his on-again, off-again girlfriend Maddy Perez (Alexa Demie). While on the dance floor, Maddy called him “abusive” and “psychopathic” and said that they should break up because of how toxic their relationship is. 

Season two of “Euphoria,” which premiered Sunday on HBO, picks up after the events of the season one finale and the two special bridge episodes that were centered on Rue Bennett (played by Zendaya) and Jules Vaughn (Hunter Schafer).

The season premiere takes place on New Year’s Eve and Nate’s life immediately gets messier when the newly-single jock flirts with Cassie Howard (Sydney Sweeney), Maddy’s best friend.

At an NYE party that night, Nate and Cassie hook up in the bathroom and nearly get caught by Maddy.

Jacob Elordi as Nate Jacobs on season two of 'Euphoria.'
Jacob Elordi as Nate Jacobs on season two of ‘Euphoria.’ Eddy Chen/HBO

When the clock strikes midnight, Rue’s drug-dealing friend Fez (Angus Cloud), who previously threatened to kill Nate if he continued terrorizing Rue and her companions, smashes an empty alcohol bottle against Nate’s head. 

Fez then begins repeatedly punching Nate’s face, nearly to death until other attendees at the party break them up.

The episode ends with a bloodied Nate being dragged out by Maddy, Cassie, and Christopher McKay (Algee Smith). The severity of his injury is unknown.   

“Euphoria,” also starring Zendaya and Hunter Schafer, airs on Sunday nights at 9 p.m. ET on HBO.