‘Euphoria’s’ Sydney Sweeney needed to be pulled out of ‘dark places’ within herself while playing Cassie


Sydney co-star Zendaya also opened up about filming at no cost Euphoria the catch.

It’s been almost two months since the final season of Euphoria hitting our screens, and to be honest, we’re still processing it.

The second season of HBO Max’s gritty show captured attention throughout its eight episodes with its emotionally charged scenes and tough subject matter.

In fact, Zendaya, who plays Rue Bennett, previously revealed she had physical scars and bruises as she reflected on the toll the particularly grueling fifth episode took on her.

The episode centered on Rue as she tried to escape the intervention of her family and friends after learning she had relapsed and was on drugs again. Rue was shown dodging traffic and scaling buildings as she struggled to find — and pay for — drugs for her addiction.

Talk to Weekly entertainment at the time, Zendaya said “it was a really tough day” of filming, and in a second interview she pointed out that while she was performing, her body was still going through the performance like it was the real thing. life.

In fact, this aspect of filming left him “afraid” to take it on, the actor telling She Australia“I’ve always been a little scared. I was afraid to tackle it because I didn’t want to see Rue like that, or have to go through it. Your body is a person, it doesn’t know what you’re doing isn’t real.

“My brain can say ‘ok, I’m pretending’ but when I do, my body and my heart don’t know it’s not real,” she continued. “It can be exhausting that way and it can make you feel bad because she says and does things that I don’t want her to do and say, but I’m here.”

However, Zendaya was grateful to have the support of the team on set and said, “I think what’s special about Euphoria is that it’s the kind of set where if I cry, there are often 12 other people behind the camera crying with me, so I don’t feel like I’m alone and I have the impression that they support me.

Her co-star Sydney Sweeney has now opened up about her similar experience on the show and credited euphoria creator and writer, Sam Levinson, for helping her return to reality after going to “dark places” in her role as Cassie.

Cassie endures an emotional rollercoaster in Season 2 after she begins a secret relationship with her best friend Maddy’s abusive ex-boyfriend, Nate.

The character is visibly shown to spiral and mentally struggle, and Sydney received praise for several highly charged scenes that saw Cassie break down.

Speaking during a round table of the show at the Academy Museum in Los Angeles on Wednesday night, Sydney said: ‘I had something beautiful with Cassie where every scene she had, I felt like there was an arc in what was going on inside her, her heart, her mind and she had to grow and learn or unlearn everything around her.

“I found those dark places inside me where sometimes Sam had to come next to me and pull me out because it was so raw and so emotional,” she added.

The comments come after Sydney revealed she worked with Sam to flesh out some of Cassie’s most dramatic moments, including halting filming so he could write five more pages of the script on the spot.

Referencing the scene where Cassie and Nate – played by Jacob Elordi – have a huge argument in her bedroom, Sydney said the cup“Jacob and I did the scene as it was written, and we were like, ‘There’s so much more here that we could do, it’s repressed. Let’s build it.

And the changes saw Cassie break down after convincing herself that Nate would leave her for Maddy. Sydney recalls, “I let go of all judgment on myself. I’m very proud of Cassie’s meltdown this season.

Sydney praised Sam for how open he was to cooperating with the cast and called him “respectful” and “incredible” as a director. “He would never make me do anything I didn’t feel comfortable doing,” she added in reference to Cassie’s nude scenes on the show.

In fact, Sydney insisted nudity was “important” to show as part of Cassie’s identity, telling teen vogue“There is a purpose to what this character is going through. It’s the character. We are all naked in real life. We show the life of this character and what he is going through. Cassie’s body is another form of communication for her.

Minka said vanity lounge that she “just didn’t feel comfortable being there naked” and asked Sam if they could keep the dress. She added that “he didn’t even hesitate” and agreed to cut the nudity.

And Chloe Cherry, who plays Faye, revealed that her co-star Tyler Chase pleaded for her to wear clothes in a scene where Faye was originally completely naked.

Discussing the scene where Tyler’s character Custer pushes Faye through a vent during a drug raid, Chloe recounted the daily beast: “Sam wanted to do the scene with me completely naked and Tyler was like, ‘This is a ground‘, so they decided not to.

Euphoria also faced backlash for the heavy drug use that is depicted on screen, and earlier this year Drug Abuse Resistance Education released a statement via TMZ who accused the show of trying to “falsely glorify” teen drug use and “other destructive behavior”.

Zendaya defended the show at the time, hitting back at the statement as she said Weekly entertainment that Euphoria “is by no means a moral tale to teach people how to live their lives or what they should do.”

“If anything, the feeling behind Euphoria, or all we’ve always tried to do with it, is to hopefully help people feel a little less alone in their experience and their pain,” she added. “And maybe they feel like they’re not the only ones going through or dealing with what they’re up against.”

Before the end of season 2, it was confirmed that Euphoria has been renewed for a third season, however, it is not expected to hit our screens until 2023 at the earliest.

Needless to say, viewers can’t wait to see what lies ahead.


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