“Euphoria” star Sydney Sweeney called out people who tagged her family in naked screenshots of her from the series. The actress plays the distressed Cassie Howard in the HBO series and recently earned an Emmy nomination for her efforts in the role.
Sweeney was also nominated for Best Supporting Actress for her role as Olivia Mossbacher in “The White Lotus,” another HBO series. She recently put trolls on blast for taking screenshots of her naked body on “Euphoria” and tagging her family on social media.
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Sydney Sweeney Says People Tagged Her Family On Screenshots Of Her Nude Scenes
Sweeney had something to say to people who posted naked scenes of her in “Euphoria.” The “White Lotus” star was featured in a GQ interview released on Friday and said the acts were disgusting and unfair to her family. “It got to the point where they were tagging my family. My cousins don’t need that. It’s completely disgusting and unfair,” Sweeney said.
She explained that their actions were what women face daily and the kind of sexualization “Euphoria” attempted to depict. The actress said, “You have a character that goes through the scrutiny of being a sexualized person at school and then an audience that does the same thing,” she told the magazine.
Despite the online bullying, Sweeney revealed that she had no intention of holding back from doing nude scenes in the future. “I think it’s ridiculous. I’m an artist; I play characters. It makes me want to play characters that piss people off more,” the actress revealed.
She Grew Up Feeling ‘Ostracized’
In her GQ interview, Sweeney said that she had spent most of her life trying to get people to look at her as someone more than the allure of her body. The actress also looked back on her time growing up and how her early meeting with puberty made her feel ostracized.
“I had boobs before other girls, and I felt ostracized for it,” she explained. “I was embarrassed, and I never wanted to change in the locker room. I think that I put on this weird persona other people had of me because of my body.”
Sweeney added that she participated in as many physical and academic activities as she could while growing up. “So I did play every sport, and I studied really hard, and I did everything that people wouldn’t think I would do to show them that my body doesn’t define who I am,” the Emmy nominee said.
Sydney Sweeney Said She Had Never Felt Forced To Go A Nude Scene
During an earlier interview with The Independent, Sweeney disclosed that while filming “Euphoria,” she had never felt coerced to do a nude scene. She explained that when she did not feel comfortable being nude in a scene, Sam Levinson, the show’s director, never forced her to.
“I’ve never felt like Sam has pushed it on me or was trying to get a nude scene into an HBO show,” she said. “When I didn’t want to do it, he didn’t make me.”
This, however, didn’t apply to other projects the actress has participated in. She revealed that sometimes she felt disgusted enough to immediately take a bath after getting home.
“I’ve had experiences where I want to go home and scrub myself completely raw because I feel disgusting,” the actress said. “I didn’t feel comfortable with my castmate or the crew, and I just didn’t feel like my character would be doing it.”
Sydney Sweeney Is Proud Of Her Work
The actress said that there were times while filming “Euphoria,” that she would tell Levinson that she felt some topless scenes were not necessary to maintain the storyline. According to her, the director usually listened to her and cut back where necessary.
Sweeney also talked about her controversial nude scenes and how proud of them she was. The actress, however, said she was worried that they would be counterproductive and prevent people from seeing how talented she was.
“I’m very proud of my work in ‘Euphoria.’ I thought it was a great performance. But no one talks about it because I got naked,” Sweeney said per The Independent. She also talked about how much attention she got after her performance in “The White Lotus.”
“I do ‘The White Lotus,’ and all of a sudden critics are paying attention. People are loving me. They’re going, ‘Oh my God, what’s she doing next?’ I was like, ‘Did you not see that in “Euphoria”? Did you not see that in “The Handmaid’s Tale”?'” the actress added.