Sydney Sweeney is dishing on Euphoria and all the controversial scenes and thoughts she had about season two of the hit TV show. During a conversation with EW’s The Awardist podcast, Sweeney addressed some of the crazy things her character did this season, such as her toxic affair with Nate, one of the series’ villains.
She also spoke about the hilarious Oklahoma bathroom scene, Lexie’s table-turning play, her character book for Cassie, and how she thought Euphoria creator Sam Levinson was killing her off the show.
Read on to learn about what she said.
Sam Levinson Called Sydney Sweeney To Give Her A Heads Up
During her interview on the podcast, Sweeney revealed that Levinson reached out to her after season one to brief her on what lay ahead for her character in season two. She revealed that he shared some of the controversial scenes in the new season and that it was a really interesting moment for her.
Levinson particularly talked about the infamous bathroom scene where Cassie and Nate (played by Jacob Elordi) have sex while Maddy, Nate’s ex-girlfriend, and Cassie’s best friend, bangs on the door, unaware of their betrayal.
Sweeney said, “And the best part is I was at a baseball game (when Levinson called). And I went under the bleachers trying to hear him, and I wanted to scream as loud as possible. But I couldn’t tell anybody.”
She Thought Cassie Was Getting Killed
Sweeney kept the secret well hidden, and as time went on and the script for season two arrived, she had more secrets to keep. She spoke about one scene where Nate drives Cassie to a party, and they drink beer as he drives faster and faster. At one point, Cassie spills beer on herself and provocatively unbuckles her seatbelt as Nate speeds up.
The 24-year-old said, “I thought that Sam was killing me. I thought that I was going to get killed. And the hanging out the window, actually, was just me hanging out the window. It was just random and very in the moment.”
“But when I read it, I thought Cassie was getting killed off,” she continued, “I was really bummed. But then it turned into this weirdly sensual, dangerous connection between these two characters. And it became what it became.”
Sweeney Actually Didn’t Know Oklahoma
Euphoria was such a big hit that many scenes from the show took over major social media like Twitter and TikTok for days after each episode. One such scene was from episode 3 when Cassie showed up at school dressed up like what her friends called a character from the hit musical Oklahoma.
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Cassie had no idea what Oklahoma was in that scene, and apparently, neither did Sweeney. The “The Voyeurs” actress said, “I am sad to admit that, but I’m going, to be honest now, I had to look it up.”
“But then, at the same time, I felt like Cassie wouldn’t know what Oklahoma was, and so, I didn’t want to dig too much into it so that it was truly, she just had no idea what she got herself into,” Sweeney explained, “She’s, ‘Wait, do I look like Oklahoma? What’s going on?'”
Sydney Sweeney Creates Books For Her Characters
During another interview with Story + Rain, Sweeney shared her prep process for Cassie and all her other characters. She said, “I create books to build the characters that I play. I create an interactive timeline, journal, diary of their entire lives from the day they were born to the first page of the script. I buy a book and I decorate the whole thing and write tons of stuff down.”
Then, she spoke in particular about Cassie’s book, saying, “There are sections to each book. There’s the timeline of her whole life, a section for her relationships, her memories, what her world looks like. And I have a section for where the script starts. I believe that when a character is in a scene, she’s still living. So I have a section for what happens between every scene.”
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