Sydney Sweeney has said she thinks there is a ‘double standard’ in the industry, with male actors getting ‘praised’ for doing nude scenes.
The American actress, 24, made the comments as she stunned in an elaborate photo spread and interview for the Cosmopolitan UK April/May cover.
She was asked about her feelings towards nude scenes following the season two finale of Euphoria.
Star: Sydney Sweeney thinks there is a ‘double standard’ with male actors who ‘get praised’ for doing nude scenes
Sydney, who plays Cassie Howard on the wildly popular HBO series, added she was ‘disconnected’ from them and felt like she was looking at her characters naked rather than herself.
She said: ‘I’m so disconnected from it. When I get tagged in Cassie’s or Pippa from The Voyeurs’s nudes, it feels like me looking at their nudes, not Sydney’s nudes.
‘When you film one of these scenes, it is so technical and so not romantic… 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… There’s such a double standard and I really hope I can have a little part in changing that.’
Stunning: The American actress, 24, stunned in an elaborate photo spread and interview for the Cosmopolitan UK April/May cover
Double standard: She was asked about her feelings towards nude scenes following the season two finale of Euphoria
The blonde bombshell reacted to the season finale of Euphoria as the episode marked the end of the road for two characters, with the arrest of two more.
Sydney said: ‘It’s been a whirlwind. Seeing how many people feel for these characters is incredible, and I hope they’re learning empathy as a result.
‘We worked really hard for a really long time; the cast and crew poured their hearts and souls into the show, so [I’m glad it’s] getting recognition. The crew are there every single day and work so hard for so many hours. It’s really special.’
Role: Sydney, who plays Cassie Howard on the HBO series, added she was ‘disconnected’ from them and felt like she was looking at her characters naked rather than herself
She also described Cassie’s headspace by the end of Euphoria season two saying: ‘As an actor, I love being able to go to places that might be deep for characters, because you unlock different parts of them that you didn’t know before.
‘I love discovering different parts of Cassie. Season two was so different [to season one] because last season Cassie was so confident and on this path of self-love and self-worth.
‘And then in the season two finale, Cassie is completely destroyed and distraught, and the opposite of where we left her in season one. I can only imagine where she’s going to go next season.’
She said: ‘When you film one of these scenes, it is so technical and so not romantic’
Cassie’s ‘I’ve never been happier’ scene in the bathroom has gone viral as a sound on TikTok.
Commenting on the trend, Sydney said: ‘I know, It’s crazy. I keep being sent different videos of people using the sound. It’s fascinating.
‘It’s a beautiful thing when you have a character that so many people are able to relate to. It’s a very special experience to be able to connect to people through that.’
On the topic of of how she and her Euphoria co-stars support each other, the entertainer said they ‘text, call and check up on each other’.
Cover: The April/May issue of Cosmopolitan UK goes on sale from March 22
She added: ‘Maude [Apatow] and I hang out all the time. We have a really good group and support system. We’re all scattered around the world right now, but hopefully when we’re all back together, we’ll have a little celebration [about season three].’
Sydney, who has scored leading roles in series like The White Lotus Everything Sucks!, has gone on to start her own production company, Fifty-Fifty Films.
On what surprised her about being in the driver’s seat of Fifty-Fifty Films, she said: ‘As much as people in the industry say they support young female voices, I’m still having to fight, even among older women.
‘I was told that I couldn’t get a credit I believed I deserved, and I couldn’t get my company’s name on a project I was developing. I have my theories why. Maybe they feel like we’re getting it too easy.
‘I was told I have to do multiple things before I can get a credit like that, as if I didn’t deserve it. And that came from women. I found that very surprising. Everyone puts on the charade that we’re supporting each other, but I have not felt that fully yet.’
Sydney said of the show: ‘It’s been a whirlwind. Seeing how many people feel for these characters is incredible, and I hope they’re learning empathy as a result’