‘Euphoria,’ ‘White Lotus’: Sydney Sweeney loses herself in roles

Sydney Sweeney is driving excessive lately. The up-and-coming actor from Washington by the use of Idaho is simply 24, but she’s behind two knockout performances — within the gritty teen drama “Euphoria” and the primary season of anthology sequence “The White Lotus.” Then on July 12, good issues obtained higher — she was nominated for Emmy Awards for each roles.

Definitely, none of this occurred in a single day. Sweeney’s been pursuing her appearing dream for 10 years already, proving that expertise, plus persistence actually can result in the crimson carpet. She spoke with The Envelope through Zoom from her lodge in Boston, the place she’s taking pictures Sony’s Spider-Man universe motion movie, “Madame Web.”

How do you retain your characters separate in your head?

I really take a look at them as residing, respiration human beings. I begin constructing my characters as actual individuals. I gave them reminiscences. I give them a complete world, and I create these books with a complete timeline and diary and interactive journal of this particular person’s life. So after I turn out to be this particular person, it’s not me pondering, “How is she going to react?” It’s “Sydney’s gone, and now I am Cassie [in ‘Euphoria’]. Now I am Olivia [in ‘White Lotus’].” I understand how they’re going to react as a result of I’ve “lived” by all these reminiscences and moments. So all these characters have their very own heartbeat, in a method.

It feels like there’s a author lurking inside you. Is {that a} purpose?

Completely. I need to do every thing that I presumably can. My dad and mom all the time advised me to fall in love with as many issues as doable — and I’ve all the time adopted that.

“Madame Web” is your first superhero movie. Does this imply you’ll get to make use of all your blended martial arts experience?


You actually are skilled in blended martial arts. Why that exact space of fight?

I beloved all of the aggressive sports activities — I wake-boarded, I skied, I performed soccer — however after I got here to L.A. [to pursue acting] I didn’t have time for crew sports activities. My dad and mom wished me to have that interplay in that group setting. I’m very athletic and I had a pal who began coaching. I used to be fascinated by it and I began going to his exercises and simply watching him and tagged alongside.

I think about being so athletic, you’ve additionally harm your self right here and there?

Oh, yeah. I’ve a scar proper right here [gestures at her cheek]. I used to be 12 and obtained in a wakeboarding accident. My complete physique folded and my face was sliced by the board. I needed to get 19 stitches. Then at 16, I used to be driving a mud bike and tore my ACL. After which whereas combating, I fractured my nostril.

Does that train you cope with ache?

Sports activities didn’t train me cope with ache. That was my mother. I used to be fearful of getting again up on the wakeboard, however the day my stitches got here out and I may get again within the water, she drove me out to the lake, put my screaming and crying ass within the water and mentioned I wasn’t allowed to get out till I obtained again up on that board.

And at this time, you might be —

So grateful. I’m not scared. And I do know my limits. I do know my physique. I used to be coaching [for MMA] with my leg in an entire total solid bar. My dad and mom instilled in me by no means to cease.

There’s a viral Instagram video of you in a automotive, on the telephone, cry-talking together with her about your nominations. Was your mother specifically all the time in your nook?

I wouldn’t have been in a position to pursue my desires with out her supporting that call. I used to be 12, 13 years previous and my mother and pa gave up every thing that they knew for me to have the ability to pursue my desires. We misplaced buddies, we misplaced our home, we misplaced every thing in pursuit of it.

Did it get simpler as soon as everybody dedicated to your profession selection?

It wasn’t nice for a really very long time, as a result of it was simply combating, combating, combating [for jobs]. I had no connections. I didn’t come from cash. And if you’re 16 and also you don’t actually like your self, and also you’re attempting to determine what the hell is occurring in your physique and your make-up and your hormones, and persons are telling you that you simply’re not ok — that weight is so heavy. However I had dad and mom who, it doesn’t matter what, believed in me.