Both Waves and Euphoria are very keyed into modern life. There's a whole sequence in Waves that revolves around texting. Is there any weird burden of Gen Z representation that you take on?
Demie: If I read something, I don't like lingo that's really trendy right now or overuse of social media, but I think both of these projects did it in a real beautiful way. Like that text fight with Kelvin -- you feel that. And then even the dots and you're waiting -- we've all been there. And then in Euphoria, I just feel like they are all done in such tasteful ways. It's not, like, in your face. It's not done in a campy way. It's very artistic and tasteful. It's our time. We're constantly on our phones, so we have to show that. Even me telling [Tyler] something that serious over text, which is usually something you should call or tell in person.
But who calls?
Demie: Yeah, who calls anymore? It's very real to what's going on right now. I don't mind the way that it was done.
Your Euphoria character was a Halloween costume this year. Were you surprised that her style clicked and took off?
Demie: It's something [creator] Sam [Levinson] always wanted. He wanted girls to copy the makeup. He wanted girls to dress like Maddy. And of course you're like, yeah, that's cool. But to actually see it happening in such a major way, it's still kind of shocking everytime you see something. But I think it's really cool.
Do you have any hopes for Maddy going into Season 2?
Demie: I just want to explore her more in a more independent way. But also I think all of us just trust Sam. He has such a genius mind that I think we're excited to read whatever he comes up with. Every table read was always so exciting. So honestly, wherever he thinks she should go, I trust him totally.
Were you following the reaction to the show, from the panic to the fandom?
Demie: I think we were all experiencing it together. A bunch of us would watch it together, and every episode kept getting crazier and crazier. By the time we got to the carnival episode, that's when I really started seeing a bigger reaction and a shift. We were going through it with everyone watching it. It felt special to be able to experience that and also have reactions and also see reactions live, being tweeted.
You've worked in fashion. Was there one moment where you were in a costume where you were just like, "Whoa, this is something new?"
Demie: I was never like "whoa" because [costume designer] Heidi [Bivens] was very collaborative. In the script [for the carnival episode], it said, "she wears the craziest outfit." So I had seen that outfit, and I showed it to Heidi and she was like, "This is perfect." Then she custom-dyed it purple because it didn't come in purple. She wanted it to match the younger me in the beginning. It was never like "whoa" because Heidi and I would send looks back and forth to one another. It's definitely not how I dress in my personal life.
How are you finding looks?
Demie: Like new designers on Instagram or I'll look up old runway shows, and she kind of found ways to recreate them in a more modern way. For the last episode, we had a whole custom moment which was really cool.
You're working on an EP. How would you describe what you're playing with in that?
Demie: Well, I'm really conceptual. I like a full story. That's why I love projects. I like beginning, middle, ends and like real instruments.