White Lotus, Sharp Objects, Euphoria There’s one common thread that runs through all of the top shows on TV 24-year-old Sydney Sweeney. She’s earned a reputation for playing characters masking their vulnerability with a big whiff of ‘I-don’t-give-a-sh*t’ detachment, and this month she’s back in the new series of Euphoria, the generation-defining show that propelled her to stardom. The show also stars Hunter Schafer and Zendaya. The show drew attention, mass audiences, and Emmy nods for its graphic and gritty depiction of the modern-day teenage lifestyle.
As well as being beautifully produced the characters and stories are so rich that they are significant. Sweeney responds to being asked why it had such a profound impact on viewers. So many people can relate or take something away from these stories. It’s a fantastic piece of art that is full of significance. For those who haven’t remembered – in the waiting period of three years for the sequel – Sweeney portrays Cassie as an adored teenager who is the victim of constant humiliation and slut-shaming. We started with Cassie at a superficial level. She’s trying to figure out who she is. However, she constantly searches for romance in the wrong spots”, she states. But don’t count on Season two to turn out to be like season one. That’s what I’m trying to say.’
Filming for the latest installment is a full-time job, enough that she’s required her to put her degree in business studies off the table. However, she is planning to return as soon as the filming has finished. ‘Whenever Euphoria When the day begins, I put an instant pause over everything else that I do”,” she declares. There is no balance.’
Growing up in the mountains of Idaho, Maths was her most loved subject. “I was a huge nerd; however, I’ve always had a huge imagination. There were no drama classes in her school; her first experience of acting was when she pleaded with her parents to allow her to take part in a small independent film being made in her hometown when she was twelve. She created a five-year business plan detailing her career path – it convinced them, and at 13 years old, her entire family was moving to LA to help her pursue her ambitions. She continued to fill in tiny roles in high school. “It was a daily struggle to remain in LA”,’ she explains. “But I knew that eventually, someone would trust me enough to place me in a position that would have a significant impact on people.’
When Euphoria occurs, I set my eyes off everything else in my life
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Amy Adams was one of the people. Adams’ 2018 show Sharp Obscure Objectsmarked an important turning point in Sweeney’s professional career. It was awe-inspiring to collaborate with an actor I’ve loved since I was a child, and it was a great experience,’ Sweeney states. Her most memorable lesson? “Seeing Amy Adams with her daughter taught me the possibility of being a successful actress as well as have a stable, well-balanced personal life.’
Then came the role in dystopian show The Handmaid’s Tale and the last season’s the White Lotus that was which is about a bleak week in the Hawaiian resort was the one that paved the way for her meteoric rise. In the year 2020, she founded Fifty-Fifty Films, her production firm. Fifty-Fifty Films. I love the ability to utilize the business side of my mind, and not only the creative side, she declares. Her main focus is on adapting women-led stories. She feels blessed to be on her career path at a time where women are in greater influence in the field. But that doesn’t mean that it’s easy. “In the first five minutes of meetings, I can tell everyone looking for me to be a dumb blonde woman who isn’t sure what she’s doing”, says Sweeney. But the majority of them leave stunned and awed.’
The next thing she’s working on is finalizing her company’s debut television program, The Player’s Table. Based on the novel by Jessica Goodman They Wish We were Us, Sweeney and singer Halsey portray two best friends who work together to solve the mystery surrounding the murder of a classmate within an wealthy Long Island town. Beyond that? I don’t believe that I can pick just one creative way of life for the duration of my existence,” she says about her plans for the future. I’m keen to explore every thing. There are a lot of genres she’d like to sink her teeth into. She’s a huge Downtown Abbey fan, therefore a period drama is essential after having mastered mixed martial arts in school, she’d like to unleash her competitive side to make an action film that’s ‘badass’.
One thing is certain, But it’s not certain. Whatever she decides what to pursue next, we’ll be watching.