Sydney Sweeney is slamming internet trolls who screenshotted her nude scenes in “Euphoria” and tagged her family members online following the HBO hit’s 2020 debut.
“It got to the point where they were tagging my family. My cousins don’t need that. It’s completely disgusting and unfair,” the actor told British GQ in an interview published Friday.
Sweeney’s character, Cassie, is subjected to a nude photo leak during the first season of the Emmy-winning HBO drama. Those same images in the show were screen-shotted by viewers and then circulated online.
“You have a character that goes through the scrutiny of being a sexualized person at school and then an audience that does the same thing,” the 25-year-old told the outlet.
In February, Sweeney told Cosmopolitan that she’s learned to distance herself from disturbing online behavior.
“When I get tagged in Cassie’s or Pippa from The Voyeurs’ nudes, it feels like me looking at their nudes, not Sydney’s nudes,” she told the outlet at the time, referencing her 2021 American erotic thriller film. She added that those shoots are “so technical and so not romantic.”
Despite her frustration, Sweeney told GQ that the trolls won’t stop her from appearing in more NSFW scenes on “Euphoria” and other shows.
“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 added.
The “White Lotus” star stated earlier this year that she only performs nudity when it is necessary for the plot. She also revealed how she had worked her entire life to make people see her for more than just her body.
“I had boobs before other girls, and I felt ostracized for it,” Sweeney said. “I was embarrassed, and I never wanted to change in the locker room. I think that I put on this weird persona other people had of me because of my body. So I did play every sport, and I studied really hard, and I did everything that people wouldn’t think I would do to show them that my body doesn’t define who I am.”
Although Sweeney previously remarked that “Euphoria” director Sam Levinson never made her perform in any uncomfortable nude scenes, she acknowledged that this wasn’t always the case when she worked on other projects.
“I’ve had experiences where I want to go home and scrub myself completely raw because I feel disgusting,” she told the Independent in January. “I didn’t feel comfortable with my castmate or the crew, and I just didn’t feel like my character would be doing it.”