For Barbie Ferreira, working on the show has been a huge learning experience.
“It’s been a lesson, a boot camp for actors, and a great safe space where we’ve all been learning and growing,” the 22-year-old told Vogue in March. “Kat and I are really similar. She’s exploring herself and what it means to be a girl who doesn’t fit in the same boxes as the people around her. I based it on how I was at 16.”
On Euphoria, Kat has a complicated storyline
After a video of her having sex is, to her horror, leaked, passed around the school, and uploaded to Pornhub, she decides to try to reclaim her agency by becoming a cam girl.
“With Kat, she has a very horrible moment that happens to her where her trust and power are completely taken away,” Ferreira told Paper of Kat.
“The way that she maneuvers getting that power back in her sexuality is flawed, but it is also the best thing that she could think of.”
As Kat’s story continues to play out, here are a few things to know about the actress bringing her to life.
Barbie Ferreira Got Her Big Break In An Aerie Campaign
Ferreira made headlines back in 2016 when she starred in an unretouched campaign for Aerie. “Not being retouched in the images is something that very important to me,” she said in the video. “People knowing that that is what I appear as if while not anyone’s perception of what my body has to appear as if.”
The model has also appeared in campaigns for American Apparel, H&M, Outdoor Voices, Adidas, and more. As she told Paper, it took her a long time to become comfortable in her own skin. “When I was 16 and I started modeling, I was very insecure about myself to the point where I didn’t wear any revealing clothes,” she said. “Everything was strategically placed on my body to hide my love handles, you know, just very specific. When my first modeling pictures came out, it was totally new to see someone who was a bigger girl in something that wasn’t necessarily a plus-size brand.”
Barbie Ferreira Hosted A Web series For Broadly
The Euphoria actor had a web series for Vice’s now-defunct vertical, Broadly. The show, How to Behave, depicted Ferreira interviewing experts on different topics, which ran the gamut from finance and body positivity to telenovelas.
Barbie Ferreira Hopes The Term “Plus-Size Model” Becomes Obsolete
“Curvy and plus-size models can simply be models once it becomes a lot of normalized and that we get a lot of illustration and folks are used it and not aghast by it,” she told Time in 2016.
This Is Only Barbie Ferreira’s Second TV Role
Her first was in Sarah Jessica Parker’s HBO dramedy Divorce, in which she played a character named Ella. As she wrote in an Instagram caption, the role was a huge deal for her and something she’d wanted for a long time. That her second turn on HBO is as a much more prominent character speaks to her obvious charisma and acting talent.
Barbie Ferreira Making A Longtime Dream Come True
Ferreira recently switched agencies to Ford Models and has moved to L.A., per Vogue, where she’s pursuing acting. So it’s clear that entertainment is her priority right now. “I’ve been talking regarding desirous to be Associate in Nursing actor since I used to be virtually thirteen on the net,” she told the magazine. “Now I get messages from friends saying, ‘Oh my god, I can’t believe you did that because you’ve been talking about it for almost 10 years,’ and I’m like, yeah, and I worked my butt off to get here! I think it’s not as unheard of as people make it seem.”
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