A look at life for a group of high school students as they grapple with issues of drugs, sex and violence. The series focuses on the relationship between two young girls trying to find their place in the world: recovering addict Rue and new-in-town Jules.
Did You Know?
While shooting the pilot, actor Brian "Astro
" Bradley, 22, a former The X Factor
(2011) contestant and rapper signed to Nas' label, wanted out of the show. Details surrounding his exit are fiercely guarded, but sources say Bradley was uncomfortable shooting scenes that weren't in the original pilot script and suggested his character would experiment with homosexuality in future episodes. After a lengthy back-and-forth with producers, HBO stepped in and replaced Bradley with The Hate U Give
(2018)'s Algee Smith
. They reshot his parts in the pilot, including an intense sex scene with 21-year-old actress Sydney Sweeney
, who says of the recasting, "Let's just say I'm very glad that Algee is playing the character." See more
Throughout out the series, it's clear that the actors/actresses portraying teenagers are actually in their 20s+. This is done as to not interfere with the schooling of real teenagers and to give the general viewing audience who are teenagers themselves someone they can look up too. See more
I'm envious of your generation, you know. You guys don't care as much about the rules.