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She quickly realized that there are two kinds of people in the world. The people who sit in the chairs, with their feet in the foot bath. And the people who kneel in front of the foot bath.
Rue's voiceover ('03 Bonnie and Clyde)

Madeleine Perez, also known as Maddy, is a main character in the first season of Euphoria. She is portrayed by Alexa Demie, while her 11-year-old counterpart is portrayed by Keilani Arellanes.

Confident, combative Maddy is Nate's on-and-off girlfriend and finds herself bearing the weight of Nate's emotions.

Early Life[edit | edit source]

Maddy knew who she was from a very early age. For as long as Maddy could remember, everybody loved her. She never knew exactly what it was. She just knew that she had something special. Something intangible. Something immeasurable. And she had that fucking confidence.
Rue's voiceover ("'03 Bonnie and Clyde")

At a young age, she frequently competed in beauty pageants to great success due to her high levels of self-confidence. However, after her mother saw a news report about a pageant coach being arrested as a child molester, she was prohibited from entering any more pageants. Despite initial protests (which involved refusing to eat for a week), Maddy began to realize that she enjoyed "not doing anything" and embraced her lack of desire for a career. While studying the rich women whom her mother worked for as an esthetician, Maddy decided that she wanted to become one of them in order to avoid being trapped in a strained, loveless relationship like her mother and father's.

At some point, Maddy entered a relationship with Nate Jacobs. After watching the 1995 film Casino, Maddy began to idolize Sharon Stone's portrayal of Ginger McKenna, a rich showgirl who used her looks and wits to manipulate men into supporting her wealth. With her in mind, Maddy learned how to convince Nate to buy her expensive items by making him feel confident and powerful, partially via sex. She often watched porn to analyze the performers and learn new techniques, although she never gained arousal from doing so.

Maddy and Nate's relationship was tumultuous; they took multiple breaks, during which Maddy would often find herself hooking up with other guys including a DJ who said he opened for Calvin Harris, a stockbroker with a family, and a roller rink owner. She disliked Nate's volatile personality and feared that it would lead to him hurting her one day; despite this, she knew she would continue loving him regardless of his actions, a fact that made her "sick to her stomach".[1]

At some point, she became a cheerleader in the East Highland cheer leading squad, alongside Cassie Howard.

Throughout the Series[edit | edit source]

Season 1[edit | edit source]

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Maddy is first seen in her room with Kat Hernandez and BB. She questions Kat if her ‘areolas’ look weird, Kat says they are fine. Maddy then talks about how Nate (her on-off again boyfriend) makes her feel bad about herself.

At the party held at McKay’s parents’ house, Maddy and Nate are found attempting to make one another jealous. Maddy was seen on Tyler’s lap and says hi to him. She then is found hooking up in a pool with him when all of a sudden Nate gets mad and calls Maddy a whore, she then responds, “Suck my d**k”.

She is found sleeping in her room with BB and Kat.

Personality[edit | edit source]

Maddy is illustrated as confident, empathetic and extroverted. She is rarely seen by herself and is always surrounded by friends, yet she seems closest with Kat and Cassie. Maddy was very confident as a young girl due to excelling in pageants, however as she got older her insecurities became more significant and her abusive, toxic relationship with boyfriend Nate caused her confidence to slowly dissipate.

Perez is seen as straight forward and honest, she says what is on her mind and has no care what most think of her. Maddy defends her friends, when others make rude remarks. Showing care and sincerity in her actions. This can be seen when arguing with Kat, as Kat had told Cassie her and McKay will not stay together "forever", or telling BB to "stop being a cunt for five minutes" towards Kat. Additionally, informing Tyler that she is only having sex with him to make her "ex boyfriend jealous".

However, she will lie when it is convenient. This is seen when Maddy lies to Nate about being a virgin to please him and lying about Tyler raping her. Also, Maddy is shown to be vulnerable at times, which is only seen towards people closest to her. Such as Kat, Nate and her mother. She is comfortable in her sexuality (has many one night stands and has no problem asking boys out to dance/make out/kiss with her) and has moments of compassion towards Nate and her friends.

On the other hand, Perez can be seen as immature and jealous. She and Nate both constantly use other people and will act in a sexual manner towards them to make each other jealous. This can only be seen towards Nate, perhaps indicating that Nate brings the worse out of Maddy. Lastly, Maddy Perez is depicted as a girly-girl. She is feminine and has loved makeup and dresses/skirts from a young age. Maddy is stylish and always dresses her best.

Physical Appearance[edit | edit source]

Maddy has full lips, tan skin, dark brown, wavy, thin, shoulder-length hair, & dark brown eyes. In a manner similar to Jules, her makeup is colorful, but also more structured due to her past as a pageant queen, with her signature winged eyeliner being a staple in her various looks.

Relationships[edit | edit source]

Nate and Maddy[edit | edit source]

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The one thing I know is that Nate loves me no matter what. He'd fucking kill for me, and I'd kill for him.
— Maddy to her mom ('03 Bonnie and Clyde)

Sometime in high school, Maddy started to develop an attraction to Nate, which lasted a while before Nate finally asked her out. Their relationship started very positively: Nate gave flowers for every day and really loved, or Maddy reciprocated. Maddy made sure she was a perfect girl for Nate: imitating porn stars selected to please him and pretending to be a virgin. As a result, Nate would buy her with gifts like fur coats. However, later, the two created a habit of breaking up, during which Maddy slept with other men. Despite being conscious, Nate still loved her and the two always made up. Nate also likes to fantasize about using violence against men in a situation where Maddy's life was in danger.

Nate and Maddie both love each other very much but their relationship is violent and toxic. Nate and Maddy are together for the majority of season one. In the last episode, Maddy and Nate seem to have broken up again. They start out by following their same pattern of making the other jealous. However, Maddy and Nate start dancing together, Maddy tells Nate that their relationship isn't healthy. Nate says he knows it isn't good for them.

Appearances[edit | edit source]

Season One (8/8)


Quotes[edit | edit source]

I don't know. Do you think straight guys ever, like, watch gay porn?
— Maddy to Kat (Shook Ones Pt. II)
Yeah, I'm not supposed to be here right now, because I'm dressed like a hooker and none of you like me, but I just wanted to say congratulations.
— Maddy to Nate and his family (Shook Ones Pt. II)
I'm just saying, love is a million things. Sometimes it feels good and sometimes it doesn't. The one thing I know is that Nate loves me no matter what. He'd fucking kill for me, and I'd kill for him. It feels good to know that there's one person in this whole fucked up world who has my back. You think I want this? You live in the same house and you don't even say one word to each other. That's the difference between me and you.
— Maddy to her mom ('03 Bonnie and Clyde)

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • In "The Next Episode", Maddy dresses up as Iris "Easy" Steensma from the 1976 film Taxi Driver
  • Inspiration for Maddy’s jeweled makeup looks stemmed from Nina Simone’s own rhinestone look.
  • Sam Levinson and Euphoria's fashion designers thought that she was the type of girl who wears matching outfit sets. This would explain her denim outfit, carnival outfit, and mall outfit.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

See also: Category:Images of Maddy Perez

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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