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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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October 14, 2020        Posted by Ann        0 Comments        Articles & Interviews , Euphoria , Nocturne , Photos , Photoshoots




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.

Source: The Cut

October 13, 2020        Posted by Ann        0 Comments        Articles & Interviews





“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.

Source: IndieWire

September 3, 2020        Posted by Ann        0 Comments        Articles & Interviews , Nocturne , Videos




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.

Source: Deadline

July 31, 2020        Posted by Ann        0 Comments        Articles & Interviews , Players Table




What do ‘Euphoria,’ ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,’ ‘Sharp Objects,’ and ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ have in common? They all feature Sydney Sweeney. We spoke with the actor about her dream role, her new indie film Clementine, and why you don’t want to catch her in a fighting ring.

Sydney Sweeney has had quite the past two years. Between taking the internet by storm as Euphoria’s Cassie Howard and playing a Manson Family member in Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood—plus roles alongside Amy Adams in Sharp Objects and in the award-winning series The Handmaid’s Tale—Sweeney has proved herself a force to be reckoned with.

“It definitely has been an amazing last couple years,” she says. “Being able to ride off the momentum, and having all these amazing projects that lined up one after another.”

This string of prestigious projects didn’t just fall into the actor’s lap. As a 12-year-old, Sweeney prepared a PowerPoint presentation for her parents outlining her path to both stardom and a college degree. She proved convincing, and has been working hard at both ever since, studying entrepreneurship while racking up an impressive repertoire of diverse characters alongside some of the most respected names in Hollywood.

Sweeney’s latest release is the Oregon-filmed indie, Clementine. Part coming-of-age story, part psychological drama, Clementine tells the story of Karen, played by Otmara Marrero, as she reels in the aftermath of a breakup with her older girlfriend. Karen holes up in her ex’s secluded Pacific Northwest lake house, and there meets Lana, played by Sweeney, a bewitching teenager with a secret. “I was really looking for a beautiful film,” says Sweeney. “I loved [Lana], I loved the mystery to her and the twist at the end of who she is.”

Lana and Karen’s mutating relationship drives the film forward, morphing from sisterly to maternal to sexual and back again. What is constant, however, is the air of suspicion that hangs around Lana, and we’re left wondering which parts of her are real and what is a game. “I think that when you are that age, and you’re coming into your own sexuality and your own confidence, you do play around with it,” Sweeney says. “That was something that came naturally.”

Sweeney herself is also more than meets the eye. The 22-year-old is a trained MMA fighter, and counts a Ronda Rousey biopic as one of her dream roles. “I really fell in love with [MMA]. It’s a really cool skill and strength and power that I hold that many people, when they look at me, they’re like, ‘Yeah right,’ and I’m like, ‘Let’s go to a ring, I’ll fight you,’” she says.

In addition to spending time in a dojo, Sweeney is also a classically trained vocalist and self-proclaimed book nerd. While quarantined at home during the COVID-19 pandemic, she started a book club on Instagram. “I collect a lot of books and my dream one day is to have a giant library,” says Sweeney. “So I wanted to share my love for books and reading with people to kind of bring us all together right now.”

As for the second season of Euphoria, the pandemic has put production on hold. While Sweeney has enjoyed having a moment to rest and focus on self-care, she’s excited to reunite with the cast and get back to work. Though she can’t reveal too much of what we can expect from season 2, Sweeney promises we won’t be disappointed. “It’s going to be absolutely incredible,” she says.

Source: L’Officiel USA

June 28, 2020        Posted by Ann        0 Comments        Articles & Interviews , Clementine , Euphoria




Here at Bustle we’ve long been obsessed with Sydney Sweeney’s performances. From Amy Adams’ troubled roommate in Sharp Objects, to the ill-fated Eden in The Handmaid’s Tale, and her breakout role as Cassie in Euphoria — the rising star lights up the small screen. But now we’ve found a new reason to love Sweeney: her incredible taste in books. The avid reader is launching a virtual book club, which we’re proud to partner with her on. Her first pick? Amy Spalding’s We Used to Be Friends.

The YA novel follows two female best friends, James and Kat, throughout their senior year. There’s just one twist: by graduation the two are no longer speaking. Told in dual timelines that jump throughout the year, We Used to Be Friends charts the dissolution of their friendship. James is preparing to leave for college while Kat is exploring her sexuality. At first James is a rock for Kat as she embarks on her first-ever relationship with a woman, but when James’ high-school sweetheart parents announce they’re getting a divorce, everything changes. It’s a funny, honest, and incredibly fresh take on the only breakup more painful than a romantic one: the one with your best friend.

Make sure to follow Sydney Sweeney on Instagram here and join in on the conversation every Thursday starting on March 26 at 1 p.m. PT / 4 p.m. ET for the next four weeks.

Want to join in on the discussion? Use the hashtag #SydneySweetReadsxBustleBookClub on Twitter and Instagram. And make sure to pick up a copy of We Used to Be Friends here.

Source: Bustle

March 22, 2020        Posted by Ann        0 Comments        Articles & Interviews