Posting on her Instagram Stories this week, she announced that she’d be leaving Euphoria and won’t be rejoining the cast for season three. Alongside a fan art drawing of Kat by co-star Hunter Schafer, her statement definitely pulled on our heartstrings.
“After four years of getting to embody the most special and enigmatic character Kat, I’m having to say a very teary-eyed goodbye,” Barbie’s story reads.
“I hope many of you could see yourself in her like I did and that she brought you joy to see her journey into the character she is today,” it continues. “I put all my care and love into her and I hope you guys could feel it. Love you Katherine Hernandez.”
Barbie Ferreira captured a place in our hearts instantly as a body-conscious teenager trying to find her place in a new school. She grappled with her instinct to “take up less space”, coming to the eventual conclusion that “there’s nothing more powerful than a fat girl who doesn’t give a fuck”. Nothing but respect for this queen.
This season has seen a new direction for Kat, and Barbie. In an interview with The Cut, she opened up about what this means. “Kat’s journey this season is a little more internal and a little mysterious to the audience,” she said. “She is secretly going through a lot of existential crises.”
Kat even breaks up with her boyfriend, lying that she has a terminal brain disease. “She loses her marbles a little bit — just like everyone else in this season,” Ferriera explained. “The theme is everyone’s gone a little crazy.”