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Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 20 July 2019

Zendaya has warned her fans about it, but what is Euphoria actually about?

The star said there is 'graphic' and 'triggering' material on the newest teen drama
Zendaya, star of the HBO drama series 'Euphoria,' at the premiere of the series at the ArcLight Hollywood, Tuesday, June 4, 2019, in Los Angeles. AP

Zendaya, 22, found fame on the picture-perfect sitcom Shake it Up as an aspiring dancer, but the final episode of her stint at Disney aired last February, and her latest TV show may not be appropriate for her younger fans, she warned..

The actress is now the star of Euphoria, the first coming-of-age drama from HBO. “It’s a scary jump,” Zendaya told The New York Times of her newest project. “But I think it was time for me to do this.”

She took to social media to warn her young followers about the potentially disturbing scenes in the show, which paints a darker reality for teens today.

In the series, Zendaya plays Rue, an addict in high school trying to navigate the world of substances, relationships and trauma, issues, which are for her, heightened by social media.

Despite praise from critics, the show's nudity, substance use and violence have caused outrage from parents who were expecting a more toned down depiction of teens.

"They're fairly inarticulate about it because it is overwhelming," said Sam Levinson, the show's creator, of the reaction.

What is the plot?

The now 17 years sober director based the series on his own personal story with addiction, and wanted the series' boundary-pushing content to expose the realities of what it is like to be a young person today.

"I just feel like there is such a disconnect between what young people are going through and what everyone else thinks they're going through," he told The Hollywood Reporter.

The plot revolves around Rue who is fresh out of rehab but fails to kick her habit.

She meets Jules, the self-assured new kid, and they develop a deep friendship. That is, when she isn't chasing Fezco, her childhood friend and dealer, for a fix.

The series focuses on Zendaya's character, who narrates story.

Rapper Drake is also executive producer of the show.

Updated: June 19, 2019 11:04 AM