In a statement shared via Twitter (she has more than 15 million followers), the actress stressed that the HBO show will not be for everyone, given its jarring content.
“It’s a raw and honest portrait of addiction, anxiety and the difficulties of navigating life today,” she wrote. “There are scenes that are graphic, hard to watch and can be triggering.”
Zendaya went on to implore potential viewers to do what was best for them. “Please only watch if you think you can handle it,” she said.
Zendaya closed by saying she would not take it personally if people were turned off to the show by what she was describing. “I still love you and feel your support,” she wrote.
The new teen drama has already made headlines as perhaps the most unflinching, explicit modern take on adolescence ever shown on U.S. television.
The material is so risqué, a principal castmember quit while shooting the pilot. Actor Brian “Astro” Bradley, 22, a former X Factor contestant and rapper signed to Nas’ label, left the show.
— Zendaya (@Zendaya) June 16, 2019