“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 Euphoria
Jules Vaughn had been a prominent character in Euphoria Season 1 and 2. Hunter Schafer plays the character of Jules. Jules catches our attention in the first episode from the moment one lays their eyes on her. She is beautiful, free-spirited, strong, and bold, and her fashion sense is impeccable.
But, with every laugh, quote, smile, and comfort, she reflects something horrifying from her past. She is introduced as a new girl in the town. Jules gave the trans community a new look, a new perspective.
In season 1, Episode 4, her story is being told by Rue which leaves us thinking about her for days.
Her Hospital Visit!
In Euphoria Season 1 Episode 4, it has been told that Jules had a hard past. Jules’s mother lied to her when she was only 11 years old. She told Jules that they were going on a road trip to see a therapist. But it wasn’t a trip after all.
Jules and her mother reached the hospital. Jules had a good conversation with the doctor, only to find out she was stuck there. She was given a tour of “the unit,” where Jules and Dr. K visited the common room, patient room, and quiet room, and that was when she realized that it was a plan all along.
Plan to admit her to a psychiatric unit. She ran to her mom and screamed for help behind the closed door of the hallway, but her mother did nothing. Jules’s guilt turned to anger, and anger to defeat real quick.
Jules Vaughn and her Gender Coping Mechanisms.
Young Jules didn’t know why she was admitted to the hospital, but she did confess that she had been sad since she was 7 years old. She had been taking therapy sessions and was on medication, but nothing seemed to work on her. Apparently, according to her mother, this was going to work.
Her backstory by Rue also revealed that she always had some trouble with her body. She hated her brain and her body, and sometimes she would think that she was choking, and it was like an infinite loop for her. So, she devised some ‘coping mechanisms’ of her own.
Self-hurt in the Hospital
Later in the same episode, it was shown that she asked for the rest of the ginger ale and used the can to cut herself. She was clearly unaware of what she was doing, and she regretted doing it. Jules said, Please don’t be mad at me.
” I think I did something stupid. Please don’t be mad at me”.
Does this statement hold a very specific relevant role? Does this have anything to do with her mother? Because her father is supportive. Well, we will come back to this. No, we weren’t trying to wreck you emotionally. It’s just that nobody had an idea what Jules had been through. Poor Jules.
After the Hospital
Eventually, Jules got better, but her mother got worse. She became an addict. So, Jules’s father got her custody, and they moved from the city to the town, maybe hoping for the best.
Her Transition and Gender Identity
Jules started transitioning when she was 13 years old, and by the time she became 16, she was a total slut. That’s what Rue said. She was hooking up with every kind of man: Sweet, Rude, Harsh. Nice, Arrogant, and Aggressive. She was using a gay dating app to talk to boys.
With her Mother
Jules’s mom, Amy, was not the ideal definition of a mother. Her relationship with Jules was good. Remember we told you how young Jules used to feel that she was choking, a mother would freak out at that moment and try to help her child, but apparently, Amy did nothing.
She was never there with Jules. Her mother lied, made a full fletch plan, and got Jules admitted to the psychiatric hospital. After Jules got better and came out, her mother got worse.
With her Father
Jules‘s father, David, was the only one who supported her. He was there when she felt like choking. He was there when she started transitioning. David even quit his job to be close to her. She had a really good bond with her dad.
Rue-Jules had had their share of ups and downs from the beginning. Rue started feeling for Jules when she saw her at the party. She was bold and was not taking Nate’s shit at all.
Rue meets Jules at the party, and they go to Jules’s house after that, and that’s it. Even though Jules knew that Rue just came out of rehab, they did drugs together, which was the start of their best friendship. A kind of friendship where they would move to New York City together and all.
Rue-Jules supported each other. Even after Jules knew that Rue had a crush on her, she pretended everything was normal. She didn’t make her feel awkward about kissing her. They just went with it. Rue kept Jules secret that she fucked Nate’s Dad, Cal Jacobs.
Although, towards the end of Euphoria Season 1, Rue tells Jules to run away to the city, and Jules does that. But Rue had cold feet. She left Rue. After being a good friend, after being a reason for Rue to get over her drug addiction, she left Rue. There, alone, relapsing.
Things were not good between them at the start of the second season. Jules didn’t know that Rue had been doing drugs again. But the moment they saw each other was the moment they realized that they loved each other.
Season 2 gave us a prominent relationship. A love relationship. Between Jules and Rue which didn’t work out. However, Jules feared that Elliot and Rue might cheat on her. It was Jules who cheated on Rue. Rue still doesn’t know about that.
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It was the fact that Jules told Rue’s mother that she had relapsed and that they had broken up. But it was clear that Jules still loved Rue. At the end of the theatre episode of Season 2, Jules talks to Rue to come back, and this time, Rue walks away.
With Kat, Maddy, and Cassie
Other than love relations, Jules had some good friends. Jules shared a special bond with the girls. From time to time, they go put. Did bowling. Discussed boys. Although Jules’s obsession with finding love kinda made her go away from her friends.
Now, that’s a peculiar relation. At the start, Jules is worried about Elliot and Rue cheating on her, but it is Jules who cheats on Rue after Jules tells them that Rue faked an orgasm (because she was high and couldn’t feel a thing).
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Elliot jokes that maybe she ain’t good at oral sex and does the tongue thing in her fist and lets her do the same. And, within no time, they are kissing and making out. But were interrupted by Rue. But but but, what’s more disturbing is that they didn’t stop.
They started kissing while Rue was using the washroom. Although their relationship also shook up when Elliot confessed that Rue hadn’t been sober at all and he had been on drugs and whatnot with her since the party.
The most developed relation of the series. Nate and Jules didn’t have a good start. Nate tried to target Jules at the party in Season 1 after he saw Maddy making out with someone in the pool. But Jules ain’t gonna take his shit. She takes a knife, cuts herself, and says to his face that she is fucking invincible.
Nate was not happy with that. After all, he is the guy of the school. Later, when Nate learned about Cal and Jules’s sex video, he got fully wretched in it and made a plan. He made a fake id on the same gay dating app by the name “shyguy1118” and started texting Jules. In no time, she started talking about all the things with him. She sent him nudes and all.
While Jules was falling for Tyler (Nate), he was just executing his plan. At the carnival, when Nate finally confronts her that he will fuck her life, she again stands for herself and says he is just like his dad. Maybe Nate did all this because he was scared. He was scared that somehow his dad would mess up his life again.
After so much drama, Nate decided to do the right thing in Season 2. He told Jules about the video Cal had recorded and gave it to her. He also assured her that it was the only copy. Jules finally trusted him and destroyed the CD.
With the end of their rivalry, Jules and Rue’s relationship, and Nate and Cassie‘s relationship, is it possible that Nate and Jules might have a love interest in Season 3? Fezco also told to Cal that Nate likes Jules. Just an assumption, though.
Extra Content From Euphoria Unfiltered Series
Hunter Schafer, who plays Jules in Euphoria, revealed why Jules seeks violent sex from cisgender men. She said that
“I think Jules is in constant search of affirmation and ‘love’. Jules being transfeminine and having this relationship to womanhood, seeing women in her life being treated a certain way by men, and a certain dynamic playing out in almost every interaction she’s witnessed…I think it goes back to something deep-rooted, like transitioning, wanting to be treated a certain way by a man to feel like a woman in this very binary vantage point.”