Leonardo DiCaprio, world-renowned model dater and big threat to a lot of you haters, has been in the news cycle heavy these last few weeks off of promo for Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, the movie that will probably net him his fifth Best Actor Oscar nomination (and second win?!). But that bubble was briefly pierced when, in response to a question about what TV he was currently enjoying, the 44-year-old thespian name-checked HBO's nascent Gen-Z character study Euphoria in the hushed tones and awe he usually only reserves for the environment.
Of course, the internet quickly dove on the inherent hilarity of a middle-aged guy known for dating women who can't legally rent cars without the hefty insurance surcharge being all-in on a show about teens and full of beautiful young women in their 20s. But, to play Posse Advocate for a second: whatever it was that drove him to the show, he's not wrong! Euphoria, which got better with each week, will arguably go down as the show of summer '19.
It all came to a head in last night's finale, "And Salt the Earth Behind You," an episode packed with melodramatic events and twists that rose to that title's challenge. This morning, it's left some fans of the show divided between people who were all in on shit like Rue's big musical number and are breaking down theories that may or may not be coded into it, and some who wanted more, while also feeling the episode was lightly overstuffed. To pierce through the noise, I called the show's biggest fan and got his take on it.
Below, Leo recounts his reactions to some key moments and plot points from Euphoria's season finale. (Sam Levinson: there's only one way to top Meryl Streep on BLL and it's casting Leo as someone's dad in season 2. Get him on the line!)