Sydney Sweeney Said There Were Times When Filming Nude Scenes Made Her "Feel Disgusting," But The "Euphoria" Creator Didn't "Make" Her Do Anything Unless She Wanted To

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If you've watched season two of Euphoria, you know that Sydney Sweeney's character Cassie has some especially intimate scenes. But, according to the actor, the script called for more nudity than she was comfortable with.

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Jeff Kravitz / Getty Images for HBO

Sydney recently talked about how creator Sam Levinson responded when she asked to nix some of her character's topless scenes — and why she believes critics overlooked her performance as Cassie in the first season because she "got naked" on screen.

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"Sam is amazing," said Sydney during a new interview with the Independent, explaining that he was consistently receptive to her notes regarding gratuitous nudity throughout production on Euphoria's latest season.

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"There are moments where Cassie was supposed to be shirtless and I would tell Sam, 'I don't really think that's necessary here,'" she recalled. "He was like, 'OK, we don't need it.'"

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"I've never felt like Sam has pushed it on me or was trying to get a nude scene into an HBO show. When I didn't want to do it, he didn't make me," Sydney said, before adding that — despite how reasonable this sounds — not all of her professional experiences have been as positive.

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Stefanie Keenan / Getty Images for GQ

"I've had experiences where I want to go home and scrub myself completely raw because I feel disgusting ... I didn't feel comfortable with my cast mate or the crew, and I just didn't feel like my character would be doing it," Sydney continued, acknowledging that in those scenarios, she "didn't feel like [she] was able to speak up" and voice her concerns.

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The actor, who's landed roles in other celebrated dramas like The Handmaid's Tale, Sharp Objects, and, most recently, The White Lotus, also shared her thoughts on the "stigma against actresses who get naked on screen" and how it exists in Hollywood. "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," said Sydney.

She noticed a shift in critics' attitudes toward her work as an actor when HBO Max's mega-popular ensemble series The White Lotus aired last summer. "With The White Lotus, I felt like people were finally recognizing the hard work I've been doing," she said. "This is something that has bothered me for a while."

"I'm very proud of my work in Euphoria. I thought it was a great performance. But no one talks about it because I got naked," Sydney continued. "I do The White Lotus and all of a sudden critics are paying attention. People are loving me. They're going, 'Oh my God, what's she doing next?' I was like, 'Did you not see that in Euphoria? Did you not see that in The Handmaid's Tale?'"

You read Sydney's full interview with the Independent here.

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