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  • Actor-Shared Background:
    • Jules mentions plans to go to fashion design school, which was Hunter Schafer's original career plan before deciding to go into acting.
    • Just like Rue, Zendaya is half African-American and half Caucasian.
  • Content Warnings: Seemingly odd considering it's an HBO show, but because the show's gritty subject matter involves characters in their late teens, each episode opens with this message that follows the normal rating/content advisory bumpers:
    The following episode contains violence, nudity and sexual content that may be disturbing to viewers. Viewer discretion is advised.
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  • Dark Horse Victory: Zendaya's Best Actress Drama Emmy win was a minor upset given she was up against serious competition in Jennifer Aniston, Laura Linney and Olivia Colman as well as the previous year's winner, Jodie Comer and her Killing Eve co-star Sandra Oh.
  • Dawson Casting: All of the actors are older than their characters, usually by at least four years (though it is very justified given the sexual behavior among most of the main characters). Averted with Storm Reid, who was 16 during production of Season 1.
  • Fake American: All-American jock Nate Jacobs is played by the Australian Jacob Elordi.
  • Playing Against Type: Zendaya as Rue Bennett is a very far cry from her known previous roles like Rocky Blue and K.C. Cooper.
  • Production Posse: Maude Apatow (Lexi) and Colman Domingo (Ali) also appeared in creator Levinson's film Assassination Nation. Jennifer Morrison, who also appeared in that film, directed "'03 Bonnie and Clyde".
  • Queer Character, Queer Actor:
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    • Hunter Schafer, like Jules, is a trans woman. Jules is bi too, while she's a lesbian in real life and has a girlfriend.
    • Bobbi Salvor Menuez is non-binary, just like their character TC.
  • Romance on the Set: Zendaya (Rue) and Jacob Elordi (Nate) began a relationship after filming on the first season was completed.
  • Troubled Production: Season 2 was supposed to start filming in March 2020, but was indefinitely postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Two episodic specials were eventually produced, focusing primarily on Rue and Jules, to tide over viewers until Season 2 began production; the first of these aired in December 2020, the second to come in January 2021.
  • Write What You Know:
    • Rue's struggle with her drug addiction is transposed from Levinson's own experiences with addiction in his teenage years.
    • According to Barbie Ferreira (Kat), many of the characters are written with their actors' teen years in mind.
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