Play it again, Sam!
Sam Levinson is one creative machine. When that pesky pandemic halted a traditional production plan for his Euphoria Season 2, Levinson responded by producing two special episodes, one focusing on Zendaya’s Rue and one focusing on Hunter Schafer’s Jules, during that very pandemic — and then made a friggin’ feature film starring Zendaya and John David Washington. Now, it sounds like that restless spirit will continue with Levinson telling IndieWire quite optimistic plans about shooting and releasing a proper Season 2 of Euphoria by the end of 2021.
During an interview on IndieWire’s Filmmaker Toolkit podcast, Levinson revealed his plan is to begin shooting Euphoria Season 2 in March 2021 (exactly one year after Season 2 was originally meant to begin shooting), and “to release episodes this year” as well. Levinson wasn’t exactly sure if this schedule could be made, using the word “hopefully” in his comments.
While I’m certainly more than ready for Season 2 of this thrilling and unpredictable show to get here sooner rather than later, I’m more more than ready for all of its participants to stay safe and healthy, rather than kowtowing to the needs of content in sacrifice of inherent humanity. Euphoria is a show of massive craft, intense filmmaking styles, and gobs of people; and while the COVID-era special episodes are planned and executed in much more contained, limited spaces to navigate these safety issues, I would imagine Levinson’s plan for Season 2 proper is a lot grander. Or, perhaps he’s been using this time to reduce it all to a manageable, safer space. Whatever the case, if we get Euphoria Season 2 by the end of 2021 or not, I sincerely hope safety is coming first. We can wait, Sam!
Sydney Sweeney is most recently known for portraying Cassie Howard in HBO’s hit series ”Euphoria”, which follows a group of high school students through their experiences with friendships, love, sex, drugs, identity and trauma. Despite being only 23, her acting credits list is quite extensive. You’ve seen her before, as a guest star in the popular shows such as Grey’s Anatomy and Pretty Little Liars and in Academy Award nominated Best Picture ”Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”.
Sydney, you prepared a business plan for your parents to convince them that acting is something you really want. When did you know you wanted a career in acting and how did you come up with the idea of a business plan?
I knew I wanted a career in acting the moment I found out that it was actually a possible career choice, definitely not an easy one though. I don’t think I truly understood what it all meant when I was younger, or how tough and big the industry really is, but I knew that I wanted to be different people and explore different emotions. And I knew the only way for my parents to take me seriously as an 11-year old was to try and communicate on their level. So I ended up putting together a five year business plan proposal of what could happen if they let me try auditioning.
Before your role in Euphoria, you appeared in guest roles in TV shows such as Grey’s Anatomy, Pretty Little Liars, 90210, Criminal Minds and Heroes. How did it feel to be on set of these popular TV productions? Did you ever wish to have more than just a guest role on any of these shows?
I was always so grateful for every role. They paid for my gas and food through high school. Everyone has to start somewhere, and I didn’t come to LA with any connections. You get told “no” so many times, so even when I got small guest roles on these shows I was so excited. Of course I always wished that I could be that series regular or recurring star on the shows. I questioned myself a lot when I wasn’t and felt like I was letting my parents down.
In 2018 you landed a recurring role in ”The Handmaid’s Tale”, a series that won 8 Emmy Awards out of 13 nominations and won the Golden Globe Award for Best Drama TV Series. The show revolves around the totalitarian society subjecting fertile women, called ”Handmaids”, into child-bearing slavery during the Second American Civil War. How would you describe your experience playing Eden in this series?
I learned so much on that set and built incredible friendships with the talented cast and crew. I hold Eden so close and dear to my heart. She was a gift to play.
Well, 2018 was definitely the year when your career was starting to really bloom. You got the role in Quentin Tarantino’s film ”Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”, starring alongside some of the biggest names in the industry, such as Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio and Margot Robbie. How did it feel to be a part of this famous cast and a film that won many awards and was even nominated for the Best Picture at the Academy Awards?
Pretty speechless! I mean, I got to work with many people who were on my dream board all on one project. It was so overwhelming and I’m such a dork, so I was geeking out the whole time, but trying to stay serious. It felt pretty amazing to be a part of it.
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Sydney Sweeney shares a look at her personal library! Get a peek at some of her favorite books, including the one she’s adapting into a TV series with Halsey.
‘Euphoria’ Star Sydney Sweeney Joins Pete Davidson-O’Shea Jackson Drama ‘American Sole’
“Euphoria” star Sydney Sweeney has joined Pete Davidson and O’Shea Jackson, Jr., in the STXfilms drama “American Sole.”
Camila Mendes, Bad Bunny and Offset are also starring in “American Sole.” The announcement was made Friday by Adam Fogelson, chairman of STXfilms Motion Picture Group.
Sweeney reteams with Davidson after previously co-starring in the film “Big Time Adolescence.” Sweeney will play Bella, a beautiful social media influencer.
STXfilms unveiled “American Sole” in August. Davidson and Jackson are playing twenty-somethings with mountains of college debt who use the fast cash of after-market sneaker reselling to achieve their American dream. But when their startup runs out of cash and a shady investor is their only way out, the dream quickly becomes a nightmare.
“Sydney Sweeney is an incredible talent who is catapulting as a star,” Fogelson said. “She delivers stand out performances in ‘Euphoria,’ and ‘Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood,’ and she’s a tremendous addition to the cast of ‘American Sole.’”
“American Sole” is written and will be directed by Ian Edelman and produced by Kevin Hart through his production company, HartBeat. Hart is joined as producer by Jake Stein through his Scondo Productions label, and NBA All-Star Chris Paul, who produces through his Ohh Dip!!! Productions banner. “American Sole” marks Paul’s first feature film as producer. HartBeat’s Bryan Smiley is executive producing along with Bad Bunny. Patricia Braga will oversee the project for STXfilms. Liz Stephens negotiated the deals for the studio.
Sweeney portrays Cassie Howard in HBO’s “Euphoria,” which has been renewed for a second season. Other credits include “The Handmaid’s Tale” and “Sharp Objects.” She will next be seen in the Amazon thriller “The Voyeurs” and HBO’s forthcoming limited series “The White Lotus.” Sweeney recently launched her Fifty-Fifty Films production company, partnering with Jean-Marc Vallée on her first project, the series “The Players Table,” in which Sweeney will also star alongside singer-songwriter Halsey.
Sweeney is represented by Paradigm and Hansen, Jacobson, Teller, Hoberman. The news was first reported by Deadline Hollywood.
On this episode of Spill It, actress Sydney Sweeney shares what she and her dog, Tank keep in their bags. Sydney shares the everyday essentials that she carries at all times. Watch this week’s Spill It to see what’s in her bag!
Say hello to Unfiltered, a fresh, new beauty series where you’ll get an exclusive glimpse into the dressed-down beauty routines of our favorite celebrities. They’ll reveal their guilty-pleasure beauty practices, the five-minute routine product lineup they can’t live without, the one good-skin tip they’ll be forever thankful for, and so much more. To bring every conversation full circle, we ask each celebrity to send us a selection of self-shot, filter-free photos of their choosing to capture the essence of their Unfiltered beauty philosophy.
Up next, we’re excited for you to get to know actress Sydney Sweeney, who’s graced our TV screens in award-winning hits like The Handmaid’s Tale and Euphoria (just to name a few!). As a fellow skincare enthusiast and product junkie, she’s answering all of our rapid-fire questions and sharing her best-kept beauty secrets below. Enjoy!
If you had to leave the house in five minutes, what products would you use?
I’d quickly lather my Embryolisse Lait-Creme Concentre ($16) on my face, swipe some Burt’s Bees Lip Balm ($4) on my lips, hope my skin is clear that day, and finish it all off with some Maybelline Mascara ($7) and Charlotte Tilbury Legendary Brows Eyebrow Gel ($23). I’d either throw a hat on my head or let the hair be loose and wild!
On days when you’re not working or you’re just staying in, what does your skin routine look like both morning and night?
The first thing I do in the morning is rinse my face off with water. If I don’t have any Zoom meetings, I usually let my face soak in lotion, or I’ll walk around with a face mask or zit ointment if needed. Recently, I’ve been loving the Eye Patches from Peter Thomas Roth and have been wearing them religiously every morning.
I have combo skin, so at night, I’ll bounce between a light exfoliator or gel face wash depending on how my skin is that day. Then, I’ll apply my oils, lotions, doctor-prescribed zit cream, and more Burt’s Bees Lip Balm!
If we looked in your bath or shower right now, what would we find? Do you have any prized bodycare obsessions?
I have practically every Ouai hair product in there! I’m trying to help my hair grow and become strong again after all the coloring and heat from Euphoria, and that brand, in particular, has really been helping. I have super-sensitive skin, so I don’t have many scrubs or scented body lotions. I like using Dove’s Body Wash for Sensitive Skin ($6)—I have a giant tub of it in my shower.
What’s one thing about your beauty routine that would surprise people?
I love to put pure aloe on my face. I am guilty of popping zits that shouldn’t be popped, and then, I end up with a mark on my face that’s even worse than it should be. Aloe saves me from scarring and helps tone down any redness.
Are there any game-changing beauty secrets you’ve picked up on set?
Wiping my makeup off with Bioderma Sensibio H2O ($15)! A lot of makeup wipes irritate my skin, and this has become my holy-grail makeup remover. It’s so gentle but gets it all off!
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The actress opens up about her new supernatural horror, life since ‘Euphoria’ and the sacrifices she’s made for her dreams.
If staying indoors has finally given you the chance to catch up on all the best award-winning series to come out of recent years, it’s likely you’ve seen Sydney Sweeney’s face at least once. The actress has appeared in The Handmaid’s Tale and Sharp Objects, but she is best known as Cassie in Euphoria, the popular blonde who is portrayed with more shattering complexity than high school dramas usually allow for such characters.
“I enjoy trying out different lives,” Sydney says with a shrug. She chooses roles that challenge her, that take her to different headspaces and different worlds. However, there’s one thing her fresh-faced, fallen angel-esque characters all have in common, whether she’s playing a Manson girl in Tarantino’s Once Upon A Time In Hollywood or a child bride in The Handmaid’s Tale. They’re all lost somehow and still figuring life out. That makes them relatable to viewers in their teens and twenties, but it’s hard to imagine Sydney herself in the same position. She’s always been headstrong, ambitious and determined as hell. Aged 12, the actress made a PowerPoint presentation with a business plan persuading her parents she was serious about acting. It worked, and the rest is history.
Her ambition is far from slowing down. Instead of putting work on pause altogether in lockdown the 23-year-old launched her own production company, Fifty-Five Films. “Still being able to work on something helped me get through quarantine,” she says. For her first production project, Sydney is executive producing The Player’s Table, a TV series in which she will star alongside Halsey.
Below, Sydney tells us about getting into character, her latest movie Nocturne and what she’s been up to this year.
Firstly, how has this year been for you? What have you been getting up to in isolation?
I’ve had good days and bad days. There are days where I really enjoy being able to snuggle my dog endlessly and then there are days when I was just losing my mind and wanting to go back to work. I mostly hang with my dog. We go on crazy long walks now. We average six miles a day these days. I watch a lot of TV. I read a lot of books too.
You’ve been working virtually non-stop in recent years. How have you been feeling emotionally this year having had to slow down and take a break?
It was definitely difficult. I had some set withdrawals but I started my own production company called Fifty-Fifty Films and being able to develop projects and, in a sense, still work helped me get through quarantine.
Your new film Nocturne is a psychological thriller about the bargains and sacrifices we make for success. What initially attracted you to the project?
When I first read the script it reminded me of Black Swan. It had Black Swan-esque vibes to it and I’m a huge fan. I think Natalie Portman’s incredible. I wanted to do something that was completely different from my character Cassie in Euphoria and I felt Juliet was that. She struggles with a lot of her own demons and there are a lot of mental complexities to her so I wanted to challenge myself and portray that.
I heard that when you take on a new role you create character books to help you get into character. Could you tell me about that?
Yeah, so these books are basically like a journal diary map to all of my characters from the day they’re born until the first page of the script. I take everything I can from the script and then I build and fill in all the gaps about why she is the way she is today and what memories led her to hold herself the way that she holds herself or sit the way she sits. It’s just like this really cool, creative development process to build a person. Just like we are all people with different memories that create who we are today. I take the same approach to a character.
How did you come up with that method? Did you keep a journal yourself as a teenager?
I would always try to make my own diaries and journals but I could never get into it which is weird. I would always just imagine the characters when I was younger and then I started writing it down slowly and it progressed into what it is today. I’m very artsy and I love arts and crafts so I put my own love into each of these books.
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How This Euphoria Star Gets Her Skin So Good
You may know Sydney Sweeney as Euphoria’s Cassie Howard. You may also recognize her as Snake, a member of the Manson Family in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood or as Eden Spencer in The Handmaid’s Tale. And after this week, you’ll know her as Juliet Lowe in Amazon Studios’ new supernatural-horror movie, Nocturne.
With all this time spent in the makeup trailer, Sweeney has learned a thing or two about beauty. She has also devoted plenty of her off-hours to developing a consistent routine. With combination skin prone to cystic acne, she’s always walking a fine line between keeping a clear complexion and experiencing a full on freakout, so she’s reluctant to make changes.
“I wish I could just give my current routine to my younger self and save a lot of tears,” Sweeney says. “I grew up just washing my face with water and lathering Nivea all over my face. My mom and grandma did it too, and so when I entered middle school, I followed along. As time went on, my skin became trickier, and I really struggled because I didn’t have access to the type of products my skin needed. Growing up, I would feel like people were just looking at my breakouts and not me.”
Her dermatologist prescribed Epiduo Forte, a prescription topical that combines adapalene (a vitamin-A derivative) and benzoyl peroxide, in high school. Sweeney says the treatment didn’t “cure” her acne — she still gets pimples to this day — but it definitely helped with the severity of the breakouts. It was just “one important step” in her skin-care journey, she says.
This became particularly clear while she was filming Euphoria. Aside from the typical onscreen makeup, her looks regularly called for heavy eyeshadow, sequins, rhinestones, and glitter. “I would clean and clean my face, but the sparkles somehow never left,” she says. “I’d have really good days, then wake up and it would go to shit. Working on a show like that, where we (1) wear a bunch of makeup, (2) don’t sleep as much, and (3) aren’t working out, it becomes a mix of not having as much time for self-care and piling makeup on top of makeup.”
Below, a look at her current routine, including the serum that smells like bacon but really works, the moisturizer she picked up on the set of her forthcoming thriller, The Voyeurs, and the eye patches she uses every morning.
SEE HER SKIN CARE HERE.
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“Unsettle” in for a quartet of disturbing Blumhouse Television and Amazon Studios films that will be hitting the Amazon Prime Video streaming service in October. The two studios are gearing up to release four horror films on the platform next month and the new teaser for the upcoming films promises that they will provide all manner of chills.
The roughly 70-second teaser offers a glimpse at four of the eight “Welcome to the Blumhouse” series of films that will eventually make their way to Amazon’s streaming service. The four films are titled “Black Box,” “Evil Eye,” “The Lie,” and “Nocturne,” and though the scenes in the new trailer rapidly shift from film to film, the teaser suggests that each upcoming film could offer as many chills as the best of Blumhouse Television’s horror releases.
“Black Box” and “The Lie” will premiere on Amazon Prime Video on October 6, while “Evil Eye” and “Nocturne” will premiere on the streaming service on October 13.
The “Black Box” synopsis reads: “After losing his wife and his memory in a car accident, a single father undergoes an agonizing experimental treatment that causes him to question who he really is.” “The Lie” will kick off when a “teenaged daughter confesses to impulsively killing her best friend, two desperate parents attempt to cover up the horrific crime, leading them into a complicated web of lies and deception.”
“Evil Eye” centers on how a “seemingly perfect romance turns into a nightmare when a mother becomes convinced her daughter’s new boyfriend has a dark connection to her own past.”
The “Nocturne” synopsis reads: Inside the halls of an elite arts academy, a timid music student begins to outshine her more accomplished and outgoing twin sister when she discovers a mysterious notebook belonging to a recently deceased classmate.
The teaser trailer for the four films is set to the disarmingly relaxed “What’s Up” by indie pop musician FJØRA. The song is produced by Grammy and Golden Globe-nominated producer Linda Perry, who served as vocalist of 4 Non Blondes.
EXCLUSIVE: Euphoria‘s Sydney Sweeney has launched her own production company, Fifty-Fifty Films, and has set her first project as a starring vehicle. Sweeney has teamed with Jean-Marc Vallée and Nathan Ross’ Crazyrose and Endeavor Content on The Players Table, a TV series adaptation of Jessica Goodman’s forthcoming debut novel They Wish They Were Us. Annabelle Attanasio (Mickey and the Bear) is attached to write, direct and executive produce.
The project originated with Sweeney who found the book, slated to be published on August 4 by Razorbill, and set it up with the help of her team at Paradigm. The book was optioned by Endeavor Content and Crazyrose through the companies’ production and finance deal. The storyline follows high school senior Jill Newman, played by Sweeney, at her exclusive Long Island prep school as she works to uncover the truth about her best friend’s death and the role she and her fellow “players”—members of the secret society that rules the school—may have had in it.
Sweeney will executive produce under her Fifty-Fifty Films banner along with Crazyrose principals Vallée and Ross as well as Goodman. Fifty-Fifty’s Jonathan Davino and Meghan Oliver will also produce.
“Starting Fifty-Fifty Films has been a goal of mine for a long time,” Sweeney said. “When I read They Wish They Were Us I was instantly drawn to the specificity of the world and the struggles of the characters — and I knew it was the first project I wanted to produce. I’m really honored that Jean-Marc Vallée and Nathan Ross wanted to partner on this series. I’m getting to learn from the best. We are really thrilled to be working alongside an empowering filmmaker like Annabelle.”
Sweeney, Vallée and Ross previously worked together on the Emmy-nominated Sharp Objects for HBO. Sweeney continues her relationship with HBO, co-starring on their breakout series Euphoria, which was nominated for six Emmys on Tuesday. Sweeney will next be seen in Amazon/Blumhouse’s Nocturne and Amazon’s The Voyeurs.
Attanasio’s debut feature, Mickey and the Bear, premiered at SXSW 2019 and went on to make its international premiere at the Cannes Film Festival as a part of their ACID division.
“We are delighted to partner with Sydney and her team on The Players Table, and grateful that she shared this gripping novel with us,” Vallée and Ross said. “We are equally thrilled to have Annabelle as our creative leader on this journey. Her visual style, her sense of storytelling along with the quality of performances that she gets out of actors and actresses is just stunning. We are thankful that she feels so passionate about the project and the possibility of exploring a genre piece in the world of high school with the complicated issues teenagers face today. We believe that her voice and talent will make all the difference.”
For television, Vallée and Ross exec produced HBO’s Big Little Lies, which won eight Emmys during its first season, and was nominated for five for its second season Tuesday, as well as Sharp Objects. On the big screen, their past projects include Dallas Buyers Club, which won three Academy Awards, and Wild, which was nominated for three Oscars. Their upcoming projects include the authorized John Lennon and Yoko Ono film at Universal, as well as the limited series Gorilla and the Bird for HBO.
Sweeney is repped by Paradigm and Hansen, Jacobson, Teller. Attanasio is repped by CAA, Untitled Entertainment and Ziffren Brittenham. Goodman is represented by Paradigm. Paradigm negotiated the deal and packaged the project on behalf of Goodman and Fifty-Fifty Films.
Crazyrose, Vallée and Ross are repped by David Weber of Sloane, Offer, Weber and Dern.