‘Euphoria’ Star Nika King Struggling to Pay Rent After Production Delays and Hollywood Strikes

Nika King on Euphoria (Credit: HBO Max)

Production delays have caused serious financial hardship for Euphoria star Nika King.

The actress and comedian recently revealed she hasn’t paid rent in months — and has no clue when she’ll get back to work on the HBO series, and her paychecks will resume.

“Don’t ask me [when season 3 is coming out]. I don’t f–king know. Don’t ask me, I don’t know,” she said during a recent stand-up performance, in a clip she posted to TikTok on March 4. “People are like, ‘We need Season 3,’ and I’m like, b–ch, I need season 3! I haven’t paid my rent in six months.”

King plays Leslie Bennett, the mom of Zendaya’s drug-addicted character Rue. Season 2 of the series concluded in February 2022 and it’s unclear when production will resume.

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King joked that Zendaya, who’s currently promoting her blockbuster film Dune: Part Two, is holding up production on the third season because of her busy schedule.

“And Zendaya’s over in Paris at Fashion Week. I’m like, ‘B–ch, come home! I need you. Mama needs you,’” King said. “Y’all are laughing and I’m serious.”

“I haven’t booked nothing since Euphoria. This is some bulls–t,” she added. “I thought my career was on the rise after Euphoria. I thought I was good. It don’t work that way.”

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King joked that she reached out to Taraji P. Henson, who broke down in an interview last year over the treatment of Black women in Hollywood and being “paid a fraction” of what she says she deserves.

“I called Taraji, she was like, ‘B–ch, get used to it,’” King quipped.

Season 3 of Euphoria was delayed after the Hollywood strikes, plus series co-star Colman Domingo recently said creator Sam Levinson is taking time on the scripts to make sure they reflect real-world events.

“[Sam is] a person who writes and rewrites and writes and rewrites again, because I think he’s wrestling with what’s important,” Domingo told GQ in an interview published last month. “He’s responding immediately to what the ills of the world are. I know that the one thing I can tell you is that he’s very much interested in the existential question of who we are right now. Our souls. That’s what he wants to figure out with season three.”