At 24, Sydney Sweeney has earned her first two Emmy nominations for roles in not one, but two acclaimed HBO series. In addition to playing Euphoriaby Cassie Howard and Olivia Mossbacher in The White Lotus, the actress also launched her own production company, Fifty-Fifty Films, and last year worked as an ambassador for brands including Tory Burch, Guess, Miu Miu and Laneige. Even so, Sweeney revealed in a Hollywood journalist interview published on July 27 that she still feels financial pressure to pay her monthly bills.
While discussing her lifelong desire to be a ‘young mum’, Sweeney admitted she feared if she took a break from work there would be ‘no money and no support’ for them. potential children. “If I wanted to take a six-month break, I don’t have any income to cover that,” she explained to THR. “I have no one to support me, I have no one to turn to to pay my bills or call for help.”
Explaining that networks and studios “don’t pay actors like they used to” and that streamers don’t provide residuals, she candidly explained how her salary is divided. After giving 5% to his lawyer, 10% to his agents, about 3% (“or something”) to his business manager, in addition to paying his publicist every month, “it’s more than my mortgage “, she said. Although she insisted that her motive was not to make people ‘feel bad for her’, but rather simply to expose ‘the realities of the business’, she added that she associates herself to brands out of necessity to support his LA lifestyle.
“If I was just playing, I couldn’t afford to live in LA,” Sweeney shared. “I take business because I have to.”
Now her life in LA includes a $3 million home she bought late last year after years of hard work, including her other acting roles in Sharp objects, The Handmaid’s Tale, Once upon a time… in Hollywoodand The Voyeurs, among other projects. Although she was recently able to buy her first home, she said THR that she still can’t afford a door to protect herself from fans and paparazzi who have camped outside since her address leaked online. “I couldn’t believe I was even capable of buying a house,” she added. “I want to be able to stay there.”
After all, she shared with The Associated Press in December that her family lost their home early in their pursuit of their acting dreams. His parents ended up “losing themselves” too and divorced. “I always thought that when I was 18 I would have all this money and buy my parents’ house and put it all back together. And I never could, and I never did,” she told the outlet. “So now to be able to be in a house is such an amazing, humbling, amazing accomplishment that I still can’t believe I was able to pull it off.”
Despite the financial struggles she recently described, she appreciates that her career has nonetheless allowed her to give back to her family. Besides taking her grandmother on her first trip to Europe for a Balmain fashion show in Paris, she was also able to treat her cousins to a vacation on Italy’s Amalfi Coast. “We grew up working on the lake and not taking showers and not having TV and not internet,” the Spokane, Washington native said. “A lot of my family, we don’t come from much, and being able to give them a little slice of this world is what matters most to me…Those are the biggest pinch moments for me.”