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I feel like my entire life, I've been trying to conquer femininity, and somewhere along the way, I feel like femininity conquered me.
— Jules to Dr. Nichols[src]

Jules Vaughn is a main character in the first and second seasons of Euphoria. She is portrayed by Hunter Schafer, while her 11-year-old counterpart is portrayed by Clark Furlong.

Eclectic, free-spirited, and kind, Jules is a new girl in town, who quickly catches Rue's attention before their first day of a junior year in high school. While Jules tries her best to help others with their problems, especially Rue to stay sober, she often ends up herself thin, mostly due to her past experiences with addiction and concepts related to gender identity.

Biography

Early life

She hated her life, not because it was bad, but because when you hate your brain and your body, it's hard to enjoy the rest.
Rue's voiceover[src]

Since Jules was about seven or eight, she dealt with bouts of depression, anxiety, and self-harm largely stemming from gender dysphoria, which eventually led to her mother taking her to a psychiatric hospital against her will at age 11. This incident strongly affected the already strained relationship between them due to Amy's alcohol and drug abuse, which made Jules very distrustful towards her.

After recovering, Jules began to transition at age 13, and at the age of 16, she began to explore her sexuality with a rotating set of men she met online; according to Rue, they were always "cis, white, in a long-term relationships, and claimed to be 100% straight"[5]. After her mother's addiction became worse, and she was sent away to rehab, Jules' father quit his job in order to be closer to her and supported his daughter throughout her transition. They have a good bond and she has a seemingly good home life with her father.

While attending her old school, Jules met and befriended a person named TC who introduces her to Anna. A couple weeks before the events of Euphoria, Jules and her father moved to a new town. While attending summer school for Intro to Visual Arts, she befriended Kat Hernandez.

Season 1

"Pilot"

Jules is new to the town, she lives with her father who got custody of her after the divorce. At summer school, she made friends with Kat, who invited her to McKay’s party.

While she was riding her bike by Nate’s truck, he and McKay were discussing the party. Nate catcalled to her, and she flipped him off, showing him her middle finger, causing her and her bike to fall to the ground. When she got home, she went on a dating app and agreed to meet with a man with the username DominantDaddy. She cancelled her plans to meet up with Kat at the party. Upon arriving at the motel for their rendezvous, she has second thoughts, but he sends her a photo of a wine bottle and two glasses, so she walks to the room's door and knocks on the door. He asked her how old she is and she lies about her age and has rough sex with him. When he taking a shower after sex, his phone buzzes on the bedside table, when she picks it up, the lock screen is a studio portrait of him with what looks like his wife and young sons. She quickly dresses and leaves.

After her rendezvous with DominantDaddy, Jules wind up at the party at McKay's home. When Nate sees Maddy having sex in the pool, he storms into the kitchen and Jules catches his eye. Realising that she is transgender, he begins to shout and taunt her, trying to confront her about who she knew at the party and he ends up threatening her. To get him to back off, Jules took a knife pointing at him and then cuts herself. “By the way, I’m Jules, I just moved here” she announces before walking out the house and just before leaving the place she meets Rue who followed her. Rue asked her if she can come home with her. At Jules’s house, Rue bandaged her up, then they lay in bed together.[6]

"Stuntin' Like My Daddy"

In episode two, Jules and Rue wake up in Jules’ bedroom after the party and subsequently take hallucinogenics. We next see them on the first day of school, discussing how they both feel uneasy about the first day back, Rue because people know about her overdose and Jules because she cut herself at the party over the weekend and she is trans. The two are briefly seen during the Cheerleading performance in the cafeteria at school, reflecting how inseparable the two have grown. Jules and Rue are later riding their bikes through fields. Rue invites Jules over for dinner later that evening, as well as on Sunday, but Jules rebuffs her saying she will be busy. She then exclaims: “are you talking to your mama about me?”. She then promptly rides home, leaving Rue feeling unwanted. Jules is first seen without Rue when she is about to have dinner with her dad. She is texting Tyler, a man she is messaging online, showing how her infatuation with him is drawing her away from Rue. She texts that her mom has been out of the picture for quite a while, indicating her unsupportive nature of Jules’ transition which is in stark contrast to that of her cheerleading father. She is later seen helping get Rue back to her home after she is given Fentanyl by Fez’s drug supplier, shortly after Tyler is revealed to be the aggressive Nate, texting Jules for an unrevealed reason.[7]

"Made You Look"

In episode 3, Jules and Rue are lying in Jules’ bed again and Jules is obviously distressed by Rue being a drug user. She says “I’m not trying to become best friends with someone who’s gonna f***ing kill them-self”. Rue promises to stop in order for her and Jules’ relationship to progress. Later, a montage of Jules’ and Nate’s (who she is not aware is catfishing her as Tyler) day, from them waking up to going to sleep, with Nate asking her personal questions such as when did she start to transition and where her mom is. Jules is said to be falling in love with Nate’s Tyler persona, which may be the best sections of his own personality under his aggression and self hatred. Rue and Jules are then walking home, Rue’s annoyance at Jules’ obsession with Tyler is shown, responding with deflated answers to Jules’s statements. Jules then asks if Rue wants to see Tyler’s penis after it is shown that both Rue and Jules feel that the other has been acting odd all week. Jules is briefly in the ‘acceptable nude scene, controlling the slideshow’ and them her and Rue are sitting at lunch, where Rue reluctantly says that Tyler’s penis is large and she can understand the appeal, Jules then asks Rue will help her take partial nudes after school as Tyler has asked for them. When they get to Jules’ house, they take the photographs and Jules is very satisfied with them, asking Rue if she finds them attractive, Rue says yes and promptly leaves after stealing some of the pills that were left on the kitchen counter. Rue and Jules are then outside of school, lying on the grass when Jules says that Tyler wants to meet her late at night, after the town carnival. Rue is concerned for her safety, saying that she feels like it will be an unsafe situation. Jules gets irritated with her, saying that she is unable to see him any other time because his mother is conservative and Tyler is a jock, whilst Jules is known to be trans in town. She says to Rue that she has been in so many more unsafe situations, and then runs away, skipping the school day. Rue then comes to her house, saying that she only wants Jules to be safe as she really cares about her. Jules goes up to her, hugging her and then says that she loves her. Rue leans in and kisses Jules, whilst Jules herself is frozen with astonishment. Rue pulls away, as she sees Jules’ shocked expression, she dashes out the room. Jules is left standing speechless at the kiss.[8]

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Special episodes

"Trouble Don't Last Always"

Jules makes a brief appearance in this special, being woken up by Rue Bennett's kisses on the day of her presentation. She gets ready and leaves shortly after, the episode mostly revolving around Rue and Ali.[9]

"Fuck Anyone Who's Not a Sea Blob"

Over the Christmas holiday, Jules has her first therapy appointment in which she reflects on the past half year she has spent in East Highland, which she describes “have been a really rough 6 months“ for her. This is the first episode to completely center on Jules and her retelling of events throughout the show. It becomes evident that Jules' mother is an alcoholic and she does not have a good relationship towards her. It even goes as far that Jules freaks out before Halloween when her Dad unexpectedly invited her home, screaming that she “doesn’t care if she drinks herself to death“. Her mother then runs away and one week later it is revealed over a phone call Jules witnessed I'm the corridor, between her dad and another person, that Jules`s mom relapsed into abusing alcohol and is now in hospital, which explains why Jules drank so much alcohol and lost control on the night of the Halloween party.

In this second special episode, Jules further explains her relationship towards femininity and being trans as something “deeply spiritual“ and personal to her. At first, she does not want to talk with her therapist about why she ran away, so she announces that she wants to go off her hormones, or at least remove the implant in her arm that suppresses her puberty. Jules also realizes in this episode during her session with her therapist that she is a lesbian, and that she is no longer attracted to men, and does not want to be with them, she states "I think I’ve framed my entire womanhood around men, when in reality I’m no longer interested in men". She knows her connection with Rue is real, and that she is in love with her.[10]

Season 2

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Personality

At first, Jules looked like a cheerful, sweet and bold girl. She is deeply artistic, displaying a natural talent for unique fashion and sketching. However, it's shown that she can be impulsive about her choices, such as running away and being quick to anger. She has a deep romantic vulnerability that has the habit of getting her hurt. According to her, "half of every relationship" is in her head.

Physical appearance

Jules is a young teenage girl with pale skin, platinum blonde hair and blue eyes. Her style is generally feminine, pastel colored, layered and contrasts different sets of colors against each other. Staples in her wardrobe include colorful skirts and dresses, long sleeved mesh tops, form hugging shirts, platform styled shoes and fishnet stockings. Unlike Maddy, Jules' makeup is less precise and structured, and are more artistic and closer to high fashion graphic makeup. Her style evolves later on to include more pants and less revealing outfits, likely due to her evolution in personality and disinterest in strict gender binaries.

As a trans woman, Jules has an implant that suppresses her male puberty hormones, which keep her testicles from getting bigger, establishing she has had no procedures regarding them.

In the second season, she has jaw-length bob hair.

Relationships

Family

Amy Vaughn

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David Vaughn

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Romances

Rue Bennett

I hate everyone else in the world but you.
— Jules to Rue[src]

Rue was instantly curious about Jules, and after Jules threatened to knife Nate Jacobs after he sexually harassed her, Rue was impressed and the pair became best friends very quickly. Only briefly after their friendship began, Rue started to develop romantic feelings for Jules. As Rue fell in love with Jules, Jules started talking to a boy named "Tyler" on a gay dating app and quickly became enamored with him. After a failed meet-up with Tyler (who turned out to be Nate catfishing her as blackmail), Rue and Jules kissed and began an ambiguous romantic relationship.

Rue and Jules's relationship soured over time, due to the pressure Rue felt to keep sober (and, in turn, the pressure Jules felt to support her) and Nate's malicious blackmailing. Jules eventually confesses this to Rue, and the two make drunken plans to run away and live together in another city. That being said, Rue gets cold feet at the last moment and decides she doesn't want to leave after all (citing mental health and her family worrying as potential factors), and Jules carries out the plan without her.

In the second special episode Fuck Anyone Who's Not a Sea Blob, Jules sees her therapist over the Christmas holiday, and talks about Rue and their relationship. She tells her therapist "No girl had ever looked me the way Rue did. I feel like Rue is the first girl that didn't just look at me". "At the same time though I'm like really angry at Rue, I feel like her sobriety is completely dependent on how available I am to her, but I guess it goes both ways because I fell completely in love with her". "There were so many times I wanted to kiss her, and when she finally did I froze". The only thought I had was like, don't lose her". Jules is truly in love with Rue.

Nate Jacobs

You're kind. You're smart. You're generous. You got a big heart. You deserve whatever the fuck it is in this world that you want. So keep your head down. Keep your mouth shut. Don't try to ruin my life, and I won't have to ruin yours.
Nate Jacobs to Jules[src]

In the first episode, Nate sexually harasses Jules twice: he catcalls her when she's riding on her bicycle, and threatens her sexually when they meet again at a party. The latter causes Jules to have an emotional outburst, as she pulls a knife on him and later cuts herself to prove that nothing can hurt her. After discovering Jules slept with Cal, Nate created a false online identity named Tyler and began to talk to Jules, tricking her into sending him sexual photos. Though it's implied that his initial intention was only to protect his father, he starts to develop romantic feelings during their conversations.

At the carnival, Nate (still pretending to be the fictional Tyler) asks to meet Jules by the lake, professing a romantic connection to her. He initially kisses her and puts his finger in her mouth, asking her to "open her mouth", which mirrors how his father treated her when the two her involved sexually. When Jules tells Nate to stop, Nate drops the act and threatened to go to the police with Jules' nudes, which would cause her to be registered as a sex offender and ruin her life, unless she kept quiet about Cal. Soon after Nate was accused of assaulting Maddy at the carnival, he used the leverage he had on Jules to force her to lie to the police about seeing Maddy assaulted by the actual Tyler, putting the real Tyler in jail. Though Jules hates Nate for blackmailing and threatening her, she has an attraction to him, as she is still in love with his "Tyler" persona. This is shown when she hallucinates Nate/Tyler in the club, confirming she fell in love with Tyler. Nate seems to continue to have feelings for Jules as well, following her, watching her house at night, staring at her and complimenting her to Rue.

In the second special episode Fuck Anyone Who's Not a Sea Blob, Jules has a session with her therapist. During this session she realizes that she is not in love with Nate, and is no longer attracted to him, and really only loved the idea and fantasy of Tyler. This was because of her dealing with compulsory heterosexuality as a transgender lesbian. Jules states she is no longer interested in men to her therapist. She also has a nightmare of Nate/Tyler where he attempts to sexually assault her in her apartment, when she sees Rue she is taken out of the nightmare.

Cal Jacobs

Look, I know you have the power to ruin my life right now. I'm begging you, pleading with you, please don't.
Cal Jacobs to Jules[src]

During the night of Nate's party, Cal Jacobs, his father, under his “DominantDaddy” profile, persuaded Jules to meet him in a motel. Unaware that she was underaged, Cal had sex with Jules. At the carnival, Jules pointed out that the guy running the chilli stand was the man she had sex with, to Rue’s disbelief, as she told him who it was. After seeing his reaction to Jules, Rue became convinced. At the same time, Cal discovered Jules attended his son's school and that he committed statutory rape. He later approached her in the carnival, as he was afraid Jules was going to expose him and pleaded her to keep his secret, much to Jules' shock, as she never intended to do anything.

Anna

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Elliot

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Friends

TC

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Kat Hernandez

Bitch, this isn't the '80s. You need to catch a dick.
— Jules to Kat[src]

Kat was the first person she met from East Highland High School.

Maddy Perez

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Lexi Howard

It's because of you, you know?
— Lexi to Jules[src]

In the fifth episode, Rue, Jules and Lexi go rollerskating. While Rue goes another lap in the ring, Jules and Lexi take of their rollerblades. Lexi talks about how good Rue's been feeling and saying that it's because of Jules.

Cassie Howard

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Appearances

Season 1 appearances
Pilot Stuntin' Like My Daddy Made You Look Shook Ones Pt. II
'03 Bonnie and Clyde The Next Episode The Trials and Tribulations of Trying to Pee While Depressed And Salt the Earth Behind You
Special episodes appearances
Trouble Don't Last Always Fuck Anyone Who's Not a Sea Blob
Season 2 appearances
Trying to Get to Heaven Before They Close the Door Out of Touch Ruminations: Big and Little Bullys You Who Cannot See, Think of Those Who Can
Stand Still Like the Hummingbird A Thousand Little Trees of Blood The Theater and Its Double All My Life, My Heart Has Yearned for a Thing I Cannot Name

Quotes

Bitch, this isn't the '80s. You need to catch a dick.
— Jules to Kat[src]
You wanna fucking hurt me? You have no fucking idea. See? I'm fucking invincible!
— Jules to Nate[src]
Rue, this is the difference between, like, you and me. Like... I don't always get the privilege of meeting people in front of a fucking audience. People here know I'm trans...
— Jules to Rue[src]
I hate everyone else in the world but you.
— Jules to Rue[src]
Jules: "I remember walking out of Sears with my first pair of heels in my backpack. And my heart was fucking racing. And I got home, and went straight to my room, locked the door, put 'em on... And, I just... felt like... I was collecting herbs, or making potions in order to up my manna, you know? Like, it started with that, and then it was clothes, and then it was makeup, and eventually hormones. Um, I just kind of kept leveling up."
Anna: "So, what level are you at now?"
Jules: "I don't know. But I definitely haven't reached my full power."
―Jules and Anna[src]
Jules: "Why don't I trust you?"
Elliot: "Is it the face tats?"
―Jules and Elliot[src]

Trivia

  • Jules likes watching anime; most notably, she is a fan of Puella Magi Madoka Magica, which she binge watches and has a phone lockscreen of. During "Stuntin' Like My Daddy", she can be heard watching a scene from the tenth episode in her bedroom.
  • In "The Next Episode", Jules dresses up as Juliet Capulet from the 1996 film Romeo + Juliet for Halloween.
  • In her room, next to her door, Jules has a picture of Hari Nef. Nef previously starred in "Assassination Nation" , one of Levinson's projects prior to Euphoria.
  • According to Doniella Davy, one of Euphoria’s makeup artists, Jules’ makeup looks are meant to convey her true emotions.
  • In "The Next Episode", she is seen reciting quote from Juliet in Act II scene II: "I have no joy of this contract tonight. It is too rash, too unadvised, too sudden; Too like the lightning, which doth cease to be" when trashed in the pool.
  • Hunter Schafer, Jules' actress, in a Refinery29 interview stated that Jules left even without Rue because the city had easy access to queer communities than in the suburb.

Gallery

See also: Category:Images of Jules Vaughn

References