“Euphoria” Star Sydney Sweeney is Cosmopolitan’s “Love Issue” Cover Star

Posted on February 07, 2022

Behind the scenes, Sydney Sweeney couldn’t be less like Nate-obsessed Cassie on “Euphoria” or snarky Olivia on “The White Lotus.” In real life, she’s a power player in charge of her own destiny. The 24-year-old has been dramatically transforming her own life and is determined to be the person in control of her career. She’s been optioning a slew of projects through her company Fifty-Fifty Films, writing screenplays, and solidifying her spot as a next-gen A-list actor. Get to know the real Sydney Sweeney, in conversation with writer Jessica Goodman for Cosmopolitan’s Love Issue cover story.

 

 

 

On diving deep into her projects by creating what she calls “character bibles,” backstories and inner lives that often take months to catalog:

“There are characters I love, and then there are characters I’m scared of—those are the good ones.”

On industry pressure:

“It’s terrifying because this is the kind of industry where everyone gets to watch you fail. It’s a lot of pressure. But everyone is going to have good and bad; no one has a perfect slate of box-office hits.

On straddling a double life as she was trying to get her acting career off the ground:

“At that time, I wasn’t the most confident person. I knew I was a good actor, but no one believed in me. I was told to lose weight or that my hair was the wrong color. Random things that make you start to question, Am I not going to ever become my dream?

On how she relates to her Euphoria character Cassie:

“I don’t agree with all of Cassie’s decisions, but I remember being a teenage girl and letting my heart speak louder than my mind, so I would probably make some of the same decisions that she did.”

On how she feels about doing nude scenes:

“When I saw The Voyeurs for the first time, I wondered if I’d done too much. I researched celebrities who have done nude scenes, trying to make myself feel better. There are hour-long compilations of world-famous male actors with nude scenes who win Oscars and get praised for that work. But the moment a woman does it, it degrades them. They’re not actresses. They just take off their tops so they can get a role. There’s such a double standard and I really hope I can have a little part in changing that.”

On being thoughtful about what she shares on social media:

“I would love to share my normal life so that people can see that it’s not all glamour. But I can’t because one, I like my privacy, and two, social media is another platform for business.”

 

[Photo Credit: Josefina Santos for Cosmopolitan Magazine]

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