Storm Reid on tackling drug issues in ‘Euphoria’: “It’s a tough conversation, but it’s a conversation that needs to be had.”

Actress Storm Reid recently sat down with Teen Vogue for a special Sweet 16 edition of the magazine, where she discussed her career and her latest projects, including the upcoming HBO series Euphoria.

In the new HBO show, Euphoria, Storm takes on the role of Gia, the younger sister of Rue (played by Zendaya). who overdoses on heroin and is found by her Gia on her bedroom floor.

”It’s a tough conversation, but it’s a conversation that needs to be had,” Storm said on the show touching on topics like drug issues, and how that affects her character.

“As an actress, it’s difficult. Rue and Gia are both trying to find themselves and figure themselves out. And Gia is really internalizing what Rue is doing to her, and Rue is internalizing what she’s doing to Gia,” Storm said.

“So there’s hurt and pain there, and Gia starts to not make the best decisions. On a personal level, it’s not anything that’s new. [The opioid crisis] is something that’s even affected people in my family, so it was something that I could draw emotion from, and I know how it makes me feel.”

During her interview, Storm also talked about some of the more impactful roles she’s had during her career, including A Wrinkle in Time and 12 Years a Slave.

“My big breakout role was Wrinkle, but the first big production and set was probably 12 Years a Slave,” she said. “Even though I was only in that [film] for, like, five minutes, it was very impactful for me. I had never been on a production that big. It was a huge step into what I’m doing now.”

As for the support Storm receives from her family and friends, she said:

“They’re…they’re really proud of me. And that feels good. My mom has always said, if I didn’t want to do it [acting] anymore then I could just quit, but I haven’t wanted to. I feel like that’s everyone’s outlook. As long as I’m happy, that’s what matters to them.”

Check out Storm’s full feature here!

You can catch Storm in Euphoria when it premieres on HBO this Sunday, June 16.

In case you missed it, Storm was spotted attending the premiere of Euphoria last week — you can check out some photo from the event here!


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