“In the first five minutes of every meeting I can see that everyone expects me to be some dumb blonde girl who doesn’t know what she’s doing. But she always left them surprised and impressed”. Sydney Sweeney knows what many expect of her when they see that she is a young, beautiful girl with a great body. So she told Elle. After watching two seasons of ‘Euphoria’ you may have made that mistake yourself, but the truth is that this 24-year-old actress is nothing like the unstable and insecure Cassie.
The first proof of this is found in his famous introduction to interpretation. When he saw that an independent production was casting in his hometown of Spokane (a small town on Washington’s mountainous border with Idaho), he begged his parents to let him perform. She convinced them with a very strange strategy for a 12-year-old girl: designing a five-year business plan that she would execute in the event of landing the role..
The plan was to first get an agent in Seattle, then do lots of commercials to put together a videobook, then travel to Los Angeles and end up being cast in a TV series during the pilot season. “My mother is a lawyer and my father works in the medical field, so studies have always been very important. I’ve always known how to communicate with them that way.”he explained to Coveteur. She got her role in the movie (‘ZMD: Zombies of Mass Destruction’) and within a year her whole family had moved with her to Los Angeles to pursue her dream.
As a student, she was so applied that she got honors degrees. Her favorite subject was math. She also played every possible sport and is an expert in martial arts. “I started when I was 14 and I did my first match at 18. It was a grappling match against guys heavier than me, and I came in first. Those guys probably said, ‘Oh, we didn’t mean to hurt him,’ but I’m telling you, they were trying.”he told Marie Claire.
In recent years we have seen her in the other HBO series ‘Open Wounds’ and ‘The White Lotus’, in addition to ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ or ‘Everything is shit’, the Prime Video thriller ‘The Voyeurs’, ‘Fauces de la noche’ or ‘Once upon a time in… Hollywood’ by Quentin Tarantino, where he played Snake, a member of the Manson family. For her, it is the fruit of her almost obsessive work throughout her adolescence, when she skipped classes to attend auditions. She did episodic roles in series like ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ but it was difficult for her to be given weighty characters like she knew she could play.
When she first heard about the ‘Euphoria’ project, she came in with reservations because she didn’t know much about Cassie. She asked creator Sam Levinson for more scripts and spoke with him on the phone until she decided to bet on the character and the series. “I knew that I could give Cassie much more than what was written”he told the Washington Post.
All his colleagues speak of his meticulousness and dedication when it comes to preparing his characters. He writes entire books about them, imagining their entire lives from when they are born until the script begins. “You know everything about yourself; your memories, your favorite places to eat, your favorite clothes. It’s all in that book.”has explained about these documents, more visual than written. “There are photos of the house and maps of their cities and schools and what they have in their locker. From memories of the day they were born to the early days of the script.”.
They define her as a practical, balanced and extremely self-aware woman, the complete opposite of Cassie. “She’s incredibly savvy, professional and smart, but at the same time she has an innocence and a naiveté”Connie Britton, who played her mother in ‘The White Lotus’, said about her. The creator of the series Mike White sees the future of her very clearly: “She’s a little scene stealer. She just she has that thing that makes you a star”.
Her friend and partner in ‘Euphoria’ Maude Apatow (Lexi) is also full of praise: “Sydney is so considerate of her characters and their preparation, and I think she really loves the characters she plays and creates backstories for them…so they seem very vulnerable and complicated. She never judges the characters that she plays”. Something key with Cassie, a character who makes so many questionable decisions and with whom ‘Euphoria’ fans have a love-hate relationship.
Actress and producer
Sydney Sweeney declares herself obsessed with marketing and branding, a philosophy she applies to herself and her career. And at just 22 years old, she created her own production company, a step that great Hollywood stars like Reese Witherspoon made after decades feeling frustrated by the lack of interesting roles for women.. The company Fifty-Fifty Films has the objective of adapting stories starring interesting female characters, and its first project is ‘The Players Table’, a miniseries for HBO Max that will star alongside singer Halsey (also a friend) based on Jessica’s novel Goodman ‘They Wish They Were Us’.
“I have sold a film. I may or may not have adapted a book into a screenplay. I have the rights to like seven books.”, has revealed to Cosmopolitan about his workaholism. He also writes scripts. But her journey as a producer is showing her how difficult it is to raise projects. “As much as people in the industry say they support young female voices, I’m still having a fight, even among older women.”.
And when you are not working? He loves antiques, both in terms of furniture and cars. He has a TikTok account called @syds_garage where he is dedicated to documenting how he assembles his dream vintage car, piece by piece.. She is also generous: with the money she is earning for her projects, in addition to starting a business and having bought a house in Los Angeles, last year she donated $12,000 to restaurants in her hometown so that they can deliver food to social feeders.
For the rest, his life of leisure is very calm. “There is a history of alcoholism and drug addiction in my family tree. I have never taken any drugs, I am terrified that I might become addicted (…) I drink maybe once a year, because I have social anxiety. I prefer meetings with small groups. I’d like everyone to get on the couch and play board games or watch TV. I can’t do that thing where I’m just standing there meaningless and drinking and doing nothing with my life.”. Cassie may love to drink booze to the bone while she dances and end up throwing up in hot tubs, but you won’t see Sydney Sweeney at one of those crazy ‘Euphoria’ parties.
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