Sydney Sweeney on Favorite ‘Euphoria’ Meme, Cassie’s Dark Side
Sydney Sweeney says her favorite meme from season 2 of “Euphoria” is from the scene of Cassie’s bathroom collapsing in episode three. “I have to say, it’s the ‘I’ve never been happier’ meme. I love that meme,” she said Variety Saturday at the Canneseries TV festival, which is held on the Côte d’Azur in France.
When asked what part of Cassie’s personality or history she would like to see explored in the show’s next season, she mentions a trait that was exposed in Season 2 Episode Four. there was a bit of Cassie that I got to play with when she started saying she was crazier than Maddy in a scene with Nate and she got a little bit more evil and dark and serious and not so frenetic I would love to play around with more of this sequence on its own.
So, does she like playing dark roles? “I love playing complex, layered characters,” she says. “And people wonder if they are bad or good, and pure or not. I love playing characters that make people think and make me think.
Some reviews of “Euphoria” and “The White Lotus” suggest that its characters – Cassie and Olivia, respectively – are dangerous or scary. Is that how she saw them when she took the roles? “No, I didn’t. Oliver, a little. I knew she was a little scary, just because of her way of thinking, her thought process. It scared me. But Cassie, especially in the beginning, I never thought of her as scary. I just think of her as a really fragile and damaged girl.
In some of the press on Sweeney, reporters have suggested that his characters in “Euphoria” and “The White Lotus” represent his generation in some way. Is she comfortable with it or does he even see it as valid? “I understand where they come from. But at the same time, I think there’s so much more to the generation than just one or two characters. I think there’s so much more than Cassie or Olivia.
Media attention around Sweeney has been intense, especially recently, and some of the coverage seems to confuse his personality with that of his characters in “Euphoria” and “The White Lotus.” How does she handle this? “You can’t really because there will always be multiple narratives. And I can’t control the stories,” Sweeney says. “I can’t control what you write, and I can’t control how people perceive it. And so I just know my own story and other people can hear it or listen to it. That’s life. How is it now.
The end of a season of a series like “Euphoria” brings mixed emotions for the actor. “It’s very bittersweet, because everyone worked so hard to create this project, and so we’re really happy that it’s done, and people are going to see it soon. But then, you’re also sad because that it’s a family. And you don’t want to say goodbye. And it’s a long journey. And you miss everyone.
Given the momentum of his career, Sweeney can choose from the roles offered to him. How does she choose? “I love trying to find characters that challenge me in different ways and are completely different from each other. I want to continue to shock people with the characters that I play when they don’t expect I choose that then.
One of the roles she’s lined up is in “Madame Web,” a comic book tentpole set in Sony’s Marvel Character Universe. Does she read the comics the movie is based on? “I am. I’ve ordered a bunch of comics,” she says. “There’s a lot to learn. I’ve always been a really big fan of all the Marvel movies and Sony Universe. looking at them all and I’ve been engulfed in the whole world my whole life, so to be able to be a part of that is such an amazing, amazing thing.
Sweeney is also set to star in Tony Tost’s National Anthem, playing Penny Jo Poplin. “She’s a small-town girl who dreams of being like her idol Dolly Parton and running away to Nashville and being a country singer,” she explains. “And she doesn’t know how she’s going to do it. But she meets another cowboy who will help her pursue her dreams.
Apart from her life as an actress, she has also embarked on a career as a producer. She is producing nine projects through her production company Fifty-Fifty Films. Four of them have been given the green light, she said. One of them is “The Players Table”, which was sold to HBO Max, with Annabelle Attanasio as the lead writer.
“We are writing the episodes. So it’s quite a long process. Everything you see, before anyone embarks on a project, represents years and years of work. That’s years of wrapping up a project. That’s years of developing a pitch. It takes years to convince people that they should believe in you, invest money in your show or movie, and then you have to develop the whole series. And so we’ve written several episodes right now,” she says.
Why does she want to produce? “I’ve always loved building my characters. And I like to do more than one thing. I always wanted to try as many possibilities as possible,” she says. “And I realized that I could create whole worlds in movies and TV shows. And I love reading books and bringing them to life. I wanted to bring my voice to all of these stories that I saw in my brain.
She says she’s “excited” to share information about other projects her company has sold, but “I haven’t talked about them yet,” she says. When will she share? ” I do not know yet. I do not know. It’s hard, because I feel like people are used to actors talking about projects that are already happening or doing them next month,” she says. “And so they’re not used to the years of work that you have to put into a project. So I’m a bit shy to announce anything until it’s just before filming starts.
Before concluding the interview, Sweeney confirms an unusual fact about her: she trained in MMA [mixed martial arts] a fighter when she was a teenager.
“It’s okay. I started training around the age of 13. I was competing and fighting. And I really enjoyed it… I was in first place. And I fought a guy,” she said.
She hasn’t used that skill in her acting career…until now. “I would love to. Maybe it’s something I produce…” she said with a wry smile.