Every scar has a story. Fans of Angus Cloud, the 24-year-old actor who plays the affable, brooding drug dealer Fezco on “Euphoria,” have long speculated about the curved mark that runs along the left side of his scalp. Over a brunch of vegan breakfast burritos in Mid City, Los Angeles, Cloud reveals where it came from. “It’s real,” he says, slouching in his seat and making intense eye contact. “I broke my skull on Friday the 13th.” As Cloud tells it, in 2013, he peeled off from a group of friends who were walking through downtown Oakland, where he grew up. Alone and in the dark, he didn’t notice the construction pit in front of him until he was already falling.
“I woke up 12 hours later at the bottom,” he says. “I was trapped. I eventually climbed out after — I don’t know how long. It was hella hard to climb out, because my skull was broken, but my skin wasn’t, so all the bleeding was internal, pressing up against my brain. But they wasn’t gonna find me down there. I found myself. Or God found me, whatever you want to call it.”With broken fingers, Cloud pulled himself up out of the ditch, which was at least 10 feet deep. “But I didn’t feel no pain,” he says. “I was in survival mode, you feel me?” After he escaped, his vision blurry, Cloud took the bus to his mother’s house. “Because I was a kid! I was 14 or 15. She thought I was on drugs, ’cause my pupils was hella dilated. I was trying to tell her what happened, but I could only start a sentence — I couldn’t finish it. So I was like, ‘I’m just gonna go sleep in my bed.’”
Thankfully, his mother didn’t let him. “I would have died,” he says. “She gave me some water, and I started throwing up hella mouthfuls of crimson red blood. Shit was crazy. So then my mama took me to the children’s hospital, and they saved my life. That’s what the scar’s from. They cut my head open, they put some screws and a plate over where I broke my skull and — shit, sealed me back up, and that was that.”