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You wanna fucking hurt me? You have no fucking idea. See? I'm fucking invincible!
— Jules to Nate Jacobs (Pilot)

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

Early Life[edit | edit source]

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 (Shook Ones Pt. II)

Since Jules was about seven or eight, she dealt with bouts of depression, largely stemming from gender dysphoria, which eventually led to her mother taking her to a psychiatric hospital against her will at age 11. After recovering, Jules began to transition at age 13 eventually began to explore her sexuality with a rotating set of older, married men she met online. After her mother "got worse and went away", Jules' father quit his job in order to be closer to her and supported her 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.

Throughout the season, Jules begins to explore romantic relationships with other women, such as her complicated connection to her best friend, Rue Bennett and Anna.

Throughout the Series[edit | edit source]

Season 1[edit | edit source]

Pilot[edit | edit source]

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 bike by Nate’s truck while 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.

Stuntin' Like My Daddy[edit | edit source]

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.

Made You Look[edit | edit source]

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 ****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, seeing Jules’ shocked expression, she dashes out the room. Jules is left standing speechless at what just happened.

Specials[edit | edit source]

Trouble Don't Last Always[edit | edit source]

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.

Fuck Anyone Who's Not a Sea Blob[edit | edit source]

Over the Christmas holiday, Jules reflects on the past year. This is the first episode to completely center on Jules and her retelling of events throughout the show. Jules’ side of the entire first season is revealed, and how Rue’s sobriety was completely dependent on her availability and being able to give her the attention she needs. It is shown that Jules’ mother deals with similar substance abuse issues to Rue, however she is an alcoholic whereas Rue is a narcotic. Jules’ mom actually goes to see Jules, however Jules previously made it very clear to her dad that she did not want to see her mom as she wasn’t in the right place and obviously didn’t believe her sobriety would last so did not want to become emotionally invested into her relationship with her mom again. David ignores this, bringing his ex wife to their house, Jules found her parents sitting in the living room and immediately froze up. Her mother said ‘hi Jules, you look really pretty’, after which Jules stormed upstairs in distress and her father followed her. They then started to argue, Jules says that she can’t believe her dad ambushed her like that and that she really doesn’t want to have to deal with this at the moment and is unable to handle seeing her mom on top of everything else. Jules shouts that she doesn’t care about her mom being there, and her dad eventually persuades her to go downstairs. When they go back down, her mom has vanished. They do not hear about her until a week later on halloween, as Jules is about to leave, she hears her dad having a conversation on the phone with someone saying that drinks were found in her mother’s room and that she is i the hospital after drinking herself almost to death. David sees Jules listening in, and says “hey, Jules”, immediately after the doorbell rings and Jules goes to answer it, saying that it is Rue and they then both go ti the halloween party. This explains why Jules was in so much turmoil that night on top of the Nate situation, getting very drunk and overwhelmed. Much of the episode occurs in a therapy session, Jules says that after she ran away, her dad grounded her and made her go to therapy. Jules explains that she has not told Rue about the situation with her mom, and starts to realise that she feels crucial to both Rue’s and her mother’s sobriety. Jules’ therapist says that just as Rue ‘actually saw her’, so did her mom, but they were both incapable of seeing how their dependency on her affected her mental health. She goes on to talk about Tyler, and how she had created this fantasy relationship between him and her inside of her head, and felt that in some ways she felt closer to him than she did Rue as there were no communicative boundaries, the two could just spew their emotions and talk about everything, they also often sexted which she said was amazing. A sequence of Jules and Tyler having sex in the New York apartment starts, which us shown to be what Jules is thinking about whilst masturbating in her bedroom. It is very extravagant, they are shown to make out on the fire escape stairs, and start to have sex on the floor. Towards the end, she starts to reach for Rue, only for Tyler to transform into Nate when she looks at him. He tells her to not look at his face and holds his hand over her eyes. Jules begins to scream. Later, in a dream, Jules is in the bathroom of her NY apartment, her dad is shouting from outside that she is only 17 and needs to come back to East Highland, she says that she doesn’t want to, and the shouting eventually stops after he says ‘open the door’. Jules does then open the door, revealing that nobody is outside, she walks off. The camera moves to Rue, lying in the floor lifeless after an overdose. This follows on from a previous sequence in which Jules walked into the apartment to find the bathroom door locked with Rue inside. She starts to shout and shout but Rue does not answer, Jules knows that she is overdosing. This is explained to be a recurring nightmare for her, she feels so crucial to Rue’s sobriety that she thinks even leaving her for a short amount of time could cause her to try and overdose. This displays her deep love for Rue, and how she was in love with the idea of perfect Tyler, but that persona that she is still in love with doesn’t exist, she is shown to still struggle with this and hopes she will not still love Tyler soon. The other aspect of the episode focuses on Jules’ trans experience and how her relationship to men and feminity has evolved and her understanding of what she wants has developed. Jules says that she wants to have her ‘sci fi chip’, which is her puberty blocker Supprellin removed, as she was previously scared of the ‘deepening, broadening and thickening’ of male puberty, and that masculine aspects of her that would have otherwise developed such as her voice dropping and her ‘balls getting bigger’, which she now views as things that men find undesirable but as she is not interested in fitting into the female archetype anymore and wants to explore all aspects of her personality to be developed. Jules says that she wishes to be strong and feminine like the ocean, so will continue to tale her oestrogen but will no longer take her puberty blocker. Jules talks about how the last 6 months, moving to East Highland, dealing with Rue, her mom and Nate have all been very overwhelming, and hopes to reconcile with Rue despite leaving her at the train station and regretting it greatly. Jules talks about how most girls compare themselves to each other, but Rue did not do this and is therefore much more genuine and human that she truly saw Jules for her true personality, and she loves her for this. Jules reveals that she wanted to kiss Rue many times, but was too afraid to as she had never kissed a girl before or even been as close to a girl before. She was so shocked when Rue kissed her because Jules was truly in love with her and did nit believe that anyone could truly love her after her traumatic childhood and her romantic failures with others throughout her life. After feeling so important to Rue’s sobriety, especially as she truly loves her and wants her to be okay, a]she wanted to run away from all her problems and escape from the trauma that had occurred in season one, she even says that she started thinking about hurting herself again and wanted yo leave town in order feel free of those feelings. The episode ends with Rue coming to Jules’ bedroom, Jules and Rue say they missed each other and Jules apologises about everything that happened at the end of season one. Rue then says Happy Christmas to her and swiftly leaves to go and leave to see Ali and have the conversation that occurs in part one. Jules is left crying in her room, as it rains outside, leaving her miserable.

Personality[edit | edit source]

At first, Jules looked like a cheerful, sweet and quite confident girl. But after the events of episode six she begins to be less respectful, to the point of fleeing the city. Jules is brave, spontaneous, extroverted and curious for new experiences. Sometimes she tends to be naiive about other people, or impulsive about her decisions.

Physical Appearance[edit | edit source]

Jules is a young teenage girl with pale skin, long platinum blonde hair and blue eyes. In stark contrast to Rue, Jules usually vivid eye makeup look that goes along with her eclectic, yet cute, fashion, largely composed of colorful tennis skirts, dresses and mesh tops that accentuate her figure, in order to look more appealing and attractive to men. However, as series goes by, Jules' style starts to include more defined and elegant clothes instead of only cute and pastel ones. On certain occasions, her hair is dyed, such as pink ombre during the carnival, blue when she went rollerblading, and black during winter formal. Jules is also taller than average, and shares many facial features with Rue, such as their jawlines, but adopts her own creative, moon haze inspired looks into her appearance constantly.

As the season progresses, Jules begins to wear more clothing that shows off her body, and her transition to feeling more secure in her own femininity throughout the show is marked by her wearing less skirts and dainty accessories such as chokers but more jumpsuits, darker colours and having her hair up in a bun.

Jules is also the perfect image of femininity from Nate's perspective, as she wears pleated skirts, pretty chokers, has a slender neck and shoulders, acts and talks feminine and is completely hairless. This upsets him due to the fact that she is transgender, leading him to become aggressive and threatening her constantly throughout the series. Nate is additionally battling his sexuality towards other males, and Jules previously looking like a boy but now epitomising everything he wishes for a girl to be is extremely upsetting to him.

Relationships[edit | edit source]

Romances[edit | edit source]

Rue and Jules[edit | edit source]

I hate everyone else in the world but you.
— Jules to Rue (Made You Look)

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.

Nate and Jules[edit | edit source]

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 (Shook Ones Pt. II)

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. similar to his father's actions. 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. This is significant because Nate treats Jules much better than he does Maddy, never once calling her inappropriate slurs and speaks highly of her. Even when Jules called him and his father faggots, his retaliation was minuscule in comparison to his assault on Maddy, his then girlfriend, for even implying he's gay.

Cal and Jules[edit | edit source]

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 (Shook Ones Pt. II)

At night of Nate's party, Cal Jacobs, his father, under his “DominantDaddy” profile, persuaded for her to meet him in a motel. Unaware 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 she attended his son's school and that he committed statutory rape. He later approached her in the carnival, afraid Jules was going to expose him and pleaded to her to keep his secret, much to Jules' shock, as she never intended to do anything.

Friends[edit | edit source]

Kat and Jules[edit | edit source]

Bitch, this isn't the '80s. You need to catch a dick.
— Jules to Kat ("Pilot")

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

Lexi and Jules[edit | edit source]

It's because of you, you know?
— Lexi to Jules ("'03 Bonnie and Clyde")

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.

Appearances[edit | edit source]

Season One (8/8)

Specials (2/2)

Quotes[edit | edit source]

Bitch, this isn't the '80s. You need to catch a dick.
— Jules to Kat ("Pilot")
You wanna fucking hurt me? You have no fucking idea. See? I'm fucking invincible!
— Jules to Nate ("Pilot")
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 ("Made You Look")
I hate everyone else in the world but you.
— Jules to Rue ("Made You Look")
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 ("The Trials and Tribulations of Trying to Pee While Depressed")

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • 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.
  • 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[edit | edit source]

See also: Category:Images of Jules

References[edit | edit source]

Characters of Euphoria
Season 1
Main Characters
Rue BennettJules VaughnCassie HowardLexi HowardNate JacobsCal JacobsMaddy PerezKat HernandezGia BennettChris McKayFezco
Recurring Characters
Aaron JacobsAliAmy VaughnAshtrayBarbaraCoachDanielDavid VaughnEthanHernandezLeslie BennettLeslie BennettMouseHayesRobert BennettRobert BennettRoy McKaySonia PerezSuze HowardTed PerezTedTroy McKayTyler
Minor Characters
CusterJohnnyLuke KastenMinakoTrevorWes
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