According to HBO, the Season 2 premiere brought in 2.4 million viewers across all its platforms on Jan. 9, making Euphoria its strongest digital premiere of any HBO episode on HBO Max since the streaming service launched in May 2020. Much of the show’s success comes from people being drawn to its characters’ stories, and even if certain aspects of the show are unfamiliar to some viewers, there’s something in each teenager that resonates with them. Supporting characters like Fez and Ashtray are the ones fans talk about and love the most, even if they’re not central to the story. “It’s been incredible and I feel so honored and humbled to have this opportunity. I’m really glad fans have connected with Ashtray and Sam allowed his story to be told well through Ashtray,” Walton said. “It’s been really incredible to connect with so many different people all over the world through social media and the fan base has just been amazing so far.”

The characters like Maddy Perez, Cassie Howard, and Jules Vaughn have also taken a life of their own and inspired their own fandoms. The show, like any show worth its salt in 2022, has also become a source of memes and GIFs that circulate on social media way after the show airs on Sunday nights. Mental illness struggles, sexual exploration, body image issues, seeking validation, and more, are themes that young people are bound to respond to. “I feel like a lot of people can relate to Euphoria because of that. There are so many different characters and so many different stories that people can relate to,” the actor shared. “And when it comes to drugs, alcohol, relationships, people can relate to Euphoria with that and can use it as almost a coping mechanism.” While some find Euphoria to be too over the top or perhaps a bit too graphic or too drug and sex-focused for a show about teenagers, Walton believes others might find comfort in watching this story unfold. “I feel like you can make people feel good. It can be a stress reliever for some people to watch it and it can be almost therapeutic,” he said. “There are people that deal with drug problems and have problems, depression and there are so many different mental illnesses that people can find something to relate to. There’s a story within any character on Euphoria that you can relate to.”

Walton has been riding on the show’s success and landing other gigs outside of it, which is a smart move for actors working on any massively popular project. “Euphoria has led me to other big opportunities, which I’ve been super thankful for. I have some other projects coming up soon and I’m super excited about that. I’m on Umbrella Academy for their new season, Season 3. I got that,” he said. “And then I wrapped up a movie not too long ago with Sylvester Stallone and that’s called Samaritan, so I’m super excited about those.” Samaritan is about a young boy named Sam Cleary (Walton) who learns that a superhero named Stanley Kominski (Stallone) may still be alive after he went missing after a battle 20 years ago. As a young boxer, working with Stallone (who starred in the Rocky movies, which is still the biggest boxing movie franchise and one of the top-grossing movies in movie history) must have been a treat. So what was it like to work with the legendary actor? “On set with Sly, it was pretty fun. We’d argue about boxing a lot. He’s really into dogs and I love dogs too, they’re my favorite. So we would go on and on about what dog breed is the best. Rottweilers, German Shepherds, stuff like that. But, boxing is my first love,” he said. “I grew up watching the Rocky movies. They’re a classic, something you can’t beat.” Which one is his favorite? “Man, I think I just like the first one. Because it’s the way everything just sets off and you get to see everything for the first time and I think it’s the most special.”