Syndey Sweeney made great strides in the second season of Euphoria and because of her role in the HBO limited series White Lotus. Sweeney has played Cassie Howard ever since The euphoria first season, but her material was elevated in season two, resulting in the actress receiving an Emmy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress. Sweeney also earned a nomination for her role on White Lotus but perceived risque choices have also shaped her career. Her roles, especially on Euphoriahas seen the actress not being too shy about nudity on screen, and now she’s talking about why she “won’t stop” doing nude scenes and how financially she can’t afford to take a 6 month break from work.
During a chat with The Hollywood Reporter, Sweeney reflected on her rise to stardom in two successful series and the pressure of being perceived as a sex symbol. Fans of Euphoria has praised Sweeney’s portrayal of high school student Cassie Howard, but some of her castmates have previously criticized creator Sam Levinson for his handling of the show’s nude scenes. Sweeney has spoken about this before, crediting the scenes with helping her do it “become very confident” with his body, but the 24-year-old elaborated further with The Hollywood Reporter by saying that she trusts fully “the filmmakers that I work with and I’m always excited to see what Sam writes.” The actress said that the nude scenes are easier because “it’s like it’s someone else’s life” when she works. This allows her to focus on the story instead of worrying about being naked in front of the cast and crew.
“People forget that I’m playing a character. They think, ‘Oh, she gets naked on screen, she’s a sex symbol.’ And I can’t get past that. I have no problem with those scenes and I don’t want to stop them, but I wish there was an easier way to have an open conversation about what we assume about actors in the industry. “
In another interesting moment during the interview, Sweeney talked about the financial insecurity she still feels despite being on a successful show and how it ties into her dreams of becoming a mother. The actress and her family moved from Washington state to Los Angeles when she was 13 to support her Hollywood dreams, and she admits that in order to afford her lifestyle in LA, while thinking about starting a family, she hasn’t afford to take time off for six months. occupation:
“I want a family, I’ve always wanted to be a young mother, and I’m concerned about how this industry stigmatizes young women who have children and looks at them in a different light. I was concerned about , that if I don’t work there is no money and no support for children I would have.”
Due to this level of anxiety, the actress has developed a very rigid work schedule. In addition to acting, Sweeney often gets brand deals and endorsements to ensure she is financially secure enough to take care of her future family, even if it burns her out.
“If I wanted to take a six-month break, I have no income to cover it. I have no one to support me, I have no one to turn to, pay my bills or call for help. If I just shopped, I wouldn’t be able to afford my life in LA. I make appointments because I have to. They don’t pay actors like they used to and with streamers you don’t get residuals anymore. The established stars still get paid, but I have to give 5 percent to my lawyer, 10 percent to my agents, 3 percent or something like that to my manager. I have to pay my publicist every month and it’s more than my mortgage.”
I feel that being able to afford the cost of living in LA comments may lead to some “first world problems” complaints from the masses, but I can see her point. I don’t think she’s complaining about her circumstances, she’s just explaining what reality is to her, and if it makes her want to push herself to work harder, that’s entirely up to her, and I respect that. From what I can tell, she’s outside of traditional Hollywood norms that most women her age engage in, and she cares a lot about work. It seems she’d rather work like she might lose it all one day than rest on her laurels.
What are YOUR thoughts on Sydney Sweeney’s take on her budding career?