Sydney Sweeney felt "ostracised" for developing breasts
Actress Sydney Sweeney has appeared in some seriously heavyweight roles, whether it's the complicated popular girl Cassie Howard in Euphoria, a child bride in feminist drama The Handmaid's Tale or a terrifying college student in The White Lotus season one. Yep, the girl has got range.
She's also a major fashion icon - when she wore a pink cutout swimsuit by Frankies Bikinis in Euphoria season two it pretty much immediately sold out. Such is Sydney's star power and fashion prowess, she's now even collaborated with the swimwear brand as the face of a collection inspired by an Italian summer romance. Major slay.
But despite her many talents, Sydney has been keeping it real about the disheartening and misogynistic hurdles she's been faced with throughout her life and career. For example, last year she opened up about the double standards around nude scenes in the acting world. "When a guy has a sex scene or shows his body, he still wins awards and gets praise. But the moment a girl does it, it's completely different," she said, pointing out that there is a "stigma against actresses who get naked on screen".
Now, she's got even more candid about the scrutiny and shame she has faced because of her body and sexuality. Opening up to the Sun, she revealed that playing Cassie on Euphoria - a character who is the victim of revenge porn and slut-shaming - triggered thoughts of her own upbringing, specifically how she was treated for developing breasts before her peers. "I had boobs before other girls and I felt ostracised for it,” she recalled.
She also looked back at the ways she was shamed in similar ways after playing Cassie, with her and her family being harassed after nude scenes and images from her time on the show were screenshot and shared online.
"It got to the point where they were tagging my family. My cousins don’t need that. It’s completely disgusting and unfair," she said. “You have a character that goes through the scrutiny of being a sexualised person at school and then an audience that does the same thing."
Throughout all the pain, however, Sydney is keen to continue pushing the limits of her craft and expanding her repertoire as an actor. "I think it’s ridiculous. I’m an artist, I play characters. It makes me want to play characters that piss people off more,” she said.
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