She planned her career plan at the age of ten! When she grows up, she will be an actress. Almost fifteen years later, Sydney Sweeney is the rising Hollywood star to follow: after receiving the Madame Figaro Rising Star Award at the last edition of CaneSerieswhere 20 minutes met her, the young American is nominated for her impressive performances in The White Lotus and season 2 of Euphoria to Emmy Awards. “And this is only the beginning”, hopes the one who will celebrate her 25th birthday at the ceremony this Monday evening in Los Angeles.
Do you feel that you are at a turning point in your career?
I hope ! I hope this is a turning point and it’s only the beginning!
‘Heroes’, ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’, ‘Sharp Objects’, ‘The White Lotus’ and ‘Euphoria’, it seems you have a knack for finding the right series. What guides your choices?
What guides me is the mix between a stimulating character, interesting and talented filmmakers, and the artistic personalities who are also involved in the projects.
What made you want to launch your production company, called “Fifty-Fifty Films”?
I’ve always loved building my characters, so I thought it would be amazing to be able to build an entire world. I love reading books and I’ve seen them all come to life. I wanted to give a voice to these writers and these characters and create projects that I would dream of producing, that I would like to participate in or see on television as a spectator. And that pushed me to embark on the adventure. I’m a very independent person, so I like to make things happen.
What does the name of your company “Fifty-Fifty Films” refer to parity in the film industry?
I wanted this name to represent the way I cooperate on projects. That it conveys the fact that I think it takes more than one brain to make anything happen, that it’s all about teamwork, everything you do, and I just wanted to represent that by choosing the name of my company.
What made you want to produce “The Players Table”?
When I read this book The Players Table, I saw all these characters living in my mind. The topics covered and the social issues were also relevant and I thought it would be important to talk about them on television. I had just finished Euphoria and I was close to Jean-Marc Vallée, I loved what he had done with Big Little Lies. I thought that this project could be a nice mix of these two series. I got the rights to the book, I called him and we put together a case. We sold the project to HBO Max. We also found an incredible filmmaker, Annabelle Atanasio, who is developing the series.
Can you introduce us to the character you are going to play in “The Players Table”?
I don’t want to say too much because we’re changing things up a bit and delving deeper into the psyches of the characters. Sometimes what you say is twisted… but let’s say her mind is playing tricks on her and she sees things differently than other people see them.
In this series, are you going to form a duo with Halsey again?
Can you imagine that we recently finished filming the western National Anthem. It’s amazing to be able to work with a friend!
It seems that you write the backstories of the characters. What did you imagine for Cassie from “Euphoria” or Olivia from “White Lotus”? Do you want to write too?
I write so many things about them that I cannot summarize! It’s like literally someone who has put their whole life into a book. Several times in my life I have had the opportunity to sit down at my computer and tell myself that I was going to write the next great American novel. And then nothing comes out! But maybe one day!
Let’s talk a little about Cassie, your character in “Euphoria”, what are the traits of her personality that move you?
His quest for love. She’s looking for so much love in so many places, and sometimes in the wrong places. She can’t love herself. Finding a character who has to go through so much emotional upheaval is why it’s so exciting to delve into their psyche.
I have the impression that she only manages to exist through the gaze of others, and especially of men, perhaps because Cassie didn’t know her father… Isn’t that why makes her endearing and detestable at the same time?
I think so too. I totally agree with you that she can only watch herself if other guys are watching her. She has this very beautiful and tragic trait of wanting to be perfect for other people, because you’re always trying to find that perfection within yourself, but it’s for other people. Does that make you a good or a bad person?
You said in an interview about Cassie that her body was used to communicate, can you elaborate?
It’s true. She always does. I don’t know if she was told this specifically, but I think she learned that she can get men’s attention and desire through her body. It’s the only form of communication she knows to get what she wants. And the way she moves, the parts of her body that she shows, these are all subtle words in her mind that she says to others. She doesn’t know how to say it vocally, so she has to say it physically.
A lot of young adults watch “Euphoria,” what do you think Cassie brings to them in terms of building?
I think Cassie represents a lot of things that people have experienced and felt and gone through, regardless of age.
How do you hope it evolves?
I have not got the faintest idea.
Do you have any wishes for her?
No no. It’s fun to be surprised reading Sam’s scripts!
Can you tell us about your future projects?
I just finished filming National Anthem. Then there is Madame Web, for Sony and Marvel, which will be released with Astra Clarkson.
Do you have models, icons that you would like to follow in their footsteps?
I’ve always loved Meryl Streep’s career, but hopefully I’ve kind of charted my own career path for myself and someone will say to themselves one day, I hope not to follow Sydney’s, but I make my own way.
You are the symbol of the power that women now have in Hollywood, right?
I definitely think that young women now have the opportunity to use their intelligence and creativity to express what they want and show what they want, and that’s amazing.
Reese Witherspoon, who was seen at the beginning of her career as a pretty blonde, has become one of the most powerful voices in Hollywood… Does this inspire you?
Yes, I would love to work with her, she’s an amazing woman, and I believe I can learn from her.