Sydney portrays Cassie Howard in Sam Levinson’s widespread drama, and stars alongside the likes of Zendaya, Maude Apatow, Alexa Demie, and Jacob Elordi.
Sydney’s character, Cassie, has a number of topless and nude scenes throughout the collection, all of which have obtained swarms of consideration — each optimistic and detrimental — on-line.
The 25-year-old has beforehand defined the significance of her character’s bare scenes, telling Teen Vogue in March that they’re “essential to the storyline.”
However sadly, Sydney has remained topic to tons of criticism from web customers — a few of whom, she’s now revealed, have gone as far as to tag her relations in screenshotted pictures of her nude scenes.
Addressing the topic in a brand new interview with GQ, Sydney mentioned of the nude scenes: “It received to the purpose the place they have been tagging my household. My cousins don’t want that.”
Sydney went on to label your entire factor “disgusting and unfair,” earlier than stating the irony of Euphoria viewers sexualizing her in the identical means that Cassie’s friends do within the present.
“It’s fully disgusting and unfair,” she mentioned. “You might have a personality that goes by way of the scrutiny of being a sexualised individual in school after which an viewers that does the identical factor.”
Nonetheless, Sydney maintained that she isn’t delay by the continuing criticism, merely calling all of it “ridiculous.”
“I feel it’s ridiculous. I’m an artist, I play characters. It makes me need to play characters that piss folks off extra,” she mentioned.
And Sydney additionally wound up heaping reward onto Euphoria’s director, Sam Levinson, for his dealing with of how Cassie is portrayed.
“I belief Sam a lot with what he does with Cassie. It feels actually good as an actor to have the ability to belief the filmmaker as a result of it simply adjustments your entire expertise.”
This comes nearly a 12 months after Sydney kicked off a ton of discourse across the quantity of nudity Sam had initially envisioned within the present, when she appeared to say she’d requested him to chop a few of Cassie’s topless scenes.
Talking with the Impartial again in January, Sydney mentioned she’d inform Sam that among the moments the place “Cassie was imagined to be shirtless” weren’t “vital.”
“There are moments the place Cassie was imagined to be shirtless and I might inform Sam, ‘I don’t actually assume that’s vital right here,’” she mentioned. “He was like, ‘Okay, we don’t want it.’ I’ve by no means felt like Sam has pushed it on me or was making an attempt to get a nude scene into an HBO present. After I didn’t need to do it, he didn’t make me.”
Some followers questioned this, taking Sydney’s feedback to imply that Sam had unnecessarily positioned an extreme quantity of nude scenes within the script at her expense.
Nonetheless, Sydney later clarified that she’d merely meant to specific how “unbelievable” and “respectful” Sam is, revealing in March that the entire thing had been “twisted.”
“I by no means requested him to chop any scenes. It received twisted and turned and it turned its personal beast, and I used to be like, ‘Oh my god’,” she mentioned.
“It was extra how respectful Sam is and the way unbelievable of a director he’s that he would by no means make me do one thing I didn’t really feel comfy with,” she added.
And referring to this as soon as extra in her newest GQ interview, Sydney as soon as once more maintained that critics on-line “don’t know” in regards to the dynamic between her and Sam on set.
“These folks aren’t on set, they don’t know what’s happening,” she mentioned.