Inside the rise of Hollywood star Sidney Sweeney: From not being able to drink to blaming herself for her parents’ divorce
THERE aren’t many underwear companies that get the kind of publicity a Hollywood movie does.
But an actress Sydney SweeneyFrankies Bikinis swimwear collection is coming.
25-year-old girl who stars in Netflix to break Euphoriagathered many centimeters of column above it provocative promo pictures — but she is far from sorry.
Growing up in poverty and seeing the struggle tear her family apart, she is determined to earn as much money as much as possible.
She said: “I take deals because I have to. They don’t pay actors like they used to and with streamers you don’t get residuals anymore.
“The big stars still get paid, but I have to give five percent to my lawyer, ten percent to my agent, three percent or something like that to my business manager.
“I have to pay my publicist every month and it’s more than my mortgage.”
Sydney definitely has the figure to promote her new line, but she doesn’t want to be judged on her looks, which she says has been the case throughout her life.
She explains that the biggest misconception about her is “I have big boobs, I’m blonde, and that’s all I have” – and she’s determined to prove it wrong.
From humble beginnings in Spokane, Washingtonher family moved to LA and went bankrupt trying to help launch her career.
Sydney, who also starred in Heavenly Atlantic series White Lotus and Quentin Tarantino the movie Once upon a time in Hollywoodknows what it’s like to fight for your place in an industry dominated by “non-kids”.
“I never cried again”
And she says she can never take her foot off the pedal when comparing herself to her peers from families with connections or money.
She added: “Maybe I had to work longer to get through the same door they were able to get through. But I can’t do anything.”
She describes her own family as “mostly Russ,” referring to the recovering drug addict she plays on her show Euphoria Zendaya.
And she spoke of a “really deep, deep streak of addiction” that runs through her family.
This means that she herself almost did not touch drinking and drugs.
She said: “I am horrified that I would have such an addiction. There’s something in my family’s blood that just works differently when they do things.
“I drink maybe once a year because I have a social restlessness. It’s hard to see how someone wants to destroy himself.”
The actress has been engaged in bribery since the age of 11, when an opportunity arose to star in a low-budget zombie film.
Her parents didn’t want her to accept it, so she created a slideshow to show them how serious she was about becoming an actor.
The presentation consisted of a five-year business plan that illustrated the possibilities of what she could achieve if she were allowed to audition for a zombie film.
Sydney managed to win them over and got the role of Lisa in the 2009 film “Zombies of Mass Destruction”.
After that, she started auditioning for whatever she could — and her family sacrificed everything to support her.
They often drove the 1,200 miles from Spokane to Los Angeles and rented a house there while she worked on small film roles, including Ward and Spider-Man 3D, which didn’t make much money.
The family eventually moved to Los Angeles, but when her father lost his job and went bankrupt, they were forced to sell the house and move into a motel.
Sydney said: “We shared a room. My mother and I shared a bed, and my father and younger brother shared a sofa.
“Looking back now, it doesn’t make sense because if they couldn’t afford to go back and forth, they couldn’t afford to live in Los Angeles.”
From then on things went downhill and her parents divorced. Even now Sydney blames herself for what happened.
She said: “They always say, ‘It’s not your fault.’ It was.”
Sydney was desperate to rebuild her family and had always planned to buy their family home with the money she earned from acting when she turned 18.
However, despite the small roles in the big ones television shows Heroes, 90210 and Grey’s Anatomyshe “didn’t have enough money.”
She said: “I only had $800 to my name. My parents weren’t together and I couldn’t do anything to help. I have never cried again in my entire life.
“I hated going home and friends or family would say, ‘When are you going to get home and get a real job?’
“There were a lot of really condescending comments that made me feel disappointed in myself and guilty that my parents had given up so much to let me follow my dreams.”
In 2018, after years of feeling like she was working for nothing, Sydney got a Netflix show Everything sucks! as well as the role of child bride Eden Spencer in the hit TV show The Handmaid’s Tale.
The following year, Tarantino cast her as Diana “Snake” Lake in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, and she also had a breakout role in Euphoria as an evil teenager. Cassie.
Playing the troubled Cassie brought with it a careful study of her body, a return to the difficult years school.
She said: “I had boobs before other girls and I felt ostracized for it.”
Nudity scenes in Euphoria also led to her being trolled.
One storyline saw her character’s nude videos circulated at her school. Inevitably, the pictures were screenshotted and posted online in the real world as well.
She said: “It got to the point where they tagged my family. My cousins don’t need it. This is completely disgusting and unfair.
“You have a character who is scrutinized as a sexualized person at school and then an audience who does the same.
“I think it’s funny. I’m an artist, I play characters. It makes me want to play characters that screw people up more.”
Her role in “Euporia” was followed by an appearance in the first series of “White Lotus”. Her film Reality, released last month, scored a rare 100 percent on review site Rotten Tomatoes.
Now she’s set to star in two big-budget blockbusters — the Spider-Man spin-off Madame Web and Sony’s reboot of Barbarella — both due out next year.
She has also done fashion campaigns for Miu Miu and Armani.
But she’s never let go of the fear that she’ll end up in poverty again, and admits that spending money still feels “so stressful” after seeing her parents lose everything.
She also has strong feelings for underage children, which ironically includes her Euphoria co-star Mod Apatowthe daughter of a Hollywood director Judd Apatow and an actress Leslie Mann.
She said: “I had no idea coming into this industry how many people I had connections with. I started from scratch and I know how damn hard it is. “Now I see how somebody can just walk in the door and I’m like, ‘I worked my f***ing ass off for ten years for this.’
Another difference between her family is that they are far from the liberal Hollywood stereotype.
She was criticized after photos of her mother’s 60th birthday party in which guests dressed up appeared on Instagram Donald Trump Make America Great Again baseball caps and t-shirts.
In a typically unnerving manner, Sydney expressed her concern for the online uproar, saying: “Honestly, I don’t feel like anything I say helps the conversation.
“It’s turning into a wildfire and nothing I can say will get it back on track.” Her father, who remarried and lives on a ranch outside the US with no phone service, never saw Euphoria or much of what she did.
She said: “When I go home, my family no longer understands me or the world I’m in. But in this industry, my home and the place that grounds me is very different from how people live there. I’m in this in-between place where I feel like neither side understands me.”
The one who understands her is her restaurateur fiancé Jonathan Davino37 years old, who lives in the village Chicago and dodges the spotlight.
And it’s clear that Sydney, who has said she wants to be a “young mum”, is going to instill the work ethic she’s learned in any children they may have.
She said: “I want to show the younger generations that you can do anything even if you don’t have the means or the connections.”