The Euphoria cast is on top of the world right now. Fans have been awaiting the return of the Sam Levinson-created series about troubled high school teenagers since 2019. The show has been well-received both by critics and fans, and week by week it continues to be a trending topic on social media. The show has also ushered in a new crop of talent including Javon “Wanna” Walton (who plays Ashtray), who alongside more seasoned actors like Zendaya and Colman Domingo, is giving viewers a heightened, more artistic, and visually appealing version of the usual, predictable teen drama. The detailed backstories that the show provides for its supporting characters at the start of each episode are some of the best parts of the show. The hit HBO series returned with its Season 2 earlier this month and the first episode jumped right in into telling drug dealer Fezco (Angus Cloud) and his little brother Ashtray’s origin story.
Viewers didn’t know much about the duo in Season 1, but now that we know what they have been through, both the characters and the actors that portray them have become fan-favorites. Walton is relatively new to the acting game but he’s got this role down pat. The 15-year-old actor’s portrayal of the young tattooed drug dealer is one of the most stoic, calculated, calm, wise, and street smart teenagers on Euphoria. The actor might be considered a child star but there’s a certain level of seriousness about him that can be felt even while speaking to him over the phone. Aside from his budding acting career, he is also a highly trained boxer since he was 4 and a gymnast, and the level of focus and discipline that athleticism requires has translated into his new career. Complex spoke to Walton following the Season 2 premiere and he opened about how he felt about Ashtray’s backstory, the fierce love between Feztray, working with Sylvester Stallone, and what it was like to have his real-life little brother portray the younger version of him on Euphoria.