If you watched “Skins” as a teen, you’re likely to have a soft spot for Kaya Scodelario who played bad girl Effy Stonem. She was mysterious, misunderstood, and we all wanted to be her. Effy made braided headbands, beaded necklaces, and fishnet tights cool. But she was also the epitome of sex, drugs, and rock and roll . . . and not in a regular “party girl” kind of way. Sound familiar? You wouldn’t be the first to make comparisons with HBO’s “Euphoria”, and now Scodelario herself has filmed a TikTok likening her teens to the US TV show.
The actor wrote on TikTok: “Watching Euphoria for the first time thinking this is crazy for 17 year olds, then remembering what I was doing on TV at 14.” She went on to caption the video with “Will always be greatful [sic]. But yeah safeguarding really wasnt a thing back then…” Her character was shockingly shown injecting heroin into her arms at the age of 14, descending into psychotic depression, and even attempting suicide early on in the show.
Will always be greatful. But yeah safeguarding really wasnt a thing back then…
“Skins” fans flocked to Scodelario’s comments section to agree that her character Effy was much more hardcore than any of the “Euphoria” characters. One said: “Euphoria is like the PG version of Skins.” Another joked: “Skins would eat Euphoria up in a second”, with a third adding: “Effy would make Nate cry”. The British teen comedy drama followed the lives of a group of sixth formers from Bristol and aired from 2007 to 2013 on E4. Its heavy storylines covered topics such as depression, eating disorders, PTSD, sexuality, substance abuse, death, and bullying, so you might say that “Skins” walked so “Euphoria” could run . . . six years later.
The show was plagued by Ofcom complaints from parents and older viewers, who felt that “Skins” glamorised drug taking. Equally, if you read the reviews of “Euphoria” online, they’re soiled with parents warning against the show saying that it is “absolutely inappropriate for kids and even some emotionally unstable adults”. Sensitive content impacts people differently, so it’s important to always read the trigger warnings at the start of the episode.
Do you know what we’d really love to see? Effy and Maddy join forces. Please someone make it happen!
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