‘They don’t pay actors like they used to’

Sydney Sweeney attends the 2022 Met Gala.

Sydney Sweeney attends the 2022 Met Gala.Jamie McCarthy/Staff/Getty Images

  • “Euphoria” star Sydney Sweeney said she doesn’t earn enough to take a long break from acting.

  • Despite her success, Sweeney told The Hollywood Reporter that she has to take branded deals to pay bills.

  • She said she has numerous expenses that reduce her income from her acting work.

Sydney Sweeney admitted in a recent interview that she can’t afford to retire from acting for six months due to the cost of her career.

Sweeney became a breakthrough star for her role in “Euphoria” as Cassie Howard. She has since been nominated for two awards at this year’s Emmy Awards, and most recently was cast in her first superhero blockbuster, the upcoming Spider-Man spin-off Madame Web.

However, in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Sweeney said her success has not affected her financial situation.

“I want to have a family, I’ve always wanted to be a young mother, and I’m concerned about how this industry stigmatizes young women who have children and sees them in a different light,” she said. “I was afraid that if I didn’t work there would be no money and no support for children.”

She continued: “If I wanted to take a six-month break, I have no income to cover that. I have no one to support me, I have no one to turn to to pay my bills or call for help.”

Left: Sydney Sweeney on "The White Lotus."  Right: Sweeney in season two of "Euphoria."

Left: Sydney Sweeney on “The White Lotus.” On the right: Sweeney in season two of ‘Euphoria’.Mario Perez/HBO; Eddy Chen/HBO Max

The 24-year-old actress explained that there are plenty of things you have to pay for to stay relevant as a young star. There are also all the costs associated with doing press tours that are not always covered by networks or streaming platforms.

Sweeney said she has made brand deals to make extra money.

“They don’t pay actors like they used to, and with streamers you don’t get any leftovers,” she said. “The established stars are still paid, but I have to give 5 percent to my lawyer, 10 percent to my agents, 3 percent or something like that to my manager. I have to pay my publicist every month, which is more than my mortgage. “

Sweeney said she couldn’t buy her home in LA until five years of constant work.

The Emmy-nominated actress added, “If I just acted, I couldn’t afford my life in LA. I take deals because I have to.”

Also in the interview, Sweeney opened up about filming nude scenes in shows.

She told THR: “I have no problem with those scenes, and I won’t stop doing them, but I wish there was an easier way to have an open conversation about what we assume about actors in the industry. “

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