Sydney Bernice Sweeney
September 12, 1997
Spokane, Washington, U.S.
|Partner||Jonathan Davino (engaged)|
Sydney Bernice Sweeney (born September 12, 1997) is an American actress. She first gained attention for appearing in the television series Everything Sucks! (2018), The Handmaid's Tale (2018), and Sharp Objects (2018). In 2019, she was featured in Quentin Tarantino's film Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.
Sweeney has starred as Cassie Howard in the HBO teen drama series Euphoria since 2019 and played a sardonic teenager in The White Lotus in 2021. For her roles in them, she received two Primetime Emmy Awards nominations in 2022, the former for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series and the latter for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie. Sweeney is the founder of production company Fifty-Fifty Films, launched in 2020.
Sydney Bernice Sweeney was born on September 12, 1997, in Spokane, Washington, to Lisa (née Mudd) and Steven Sweeney. Her mother is a lawyer and her father works in the medical field. She has a brother, Trent. Sweeney was raised in northwestern Idaho in the state's Panhandle region along the Washington border, at a rural lakeside home that her family has inhabited for five generations. Sweeney has said she has a "religious family".
Sweeney attended Saint George's School in Spokane. She was active in numerous athletics: "I was in every single sport possible", she said. "I was on the soccer team, the baseball team, the snow slalom ski team, I was wakeboarding." Sweeney also studied multiple languages and graduated with top grades. She became interested in acting after auditioning to be an extra in an independent film that was shooting in the Spokane area. To convince her parents to allow her to pursue acting, she presented them with a five-year business plan. Sweeney began to audition and book commercial acting jobs in Seattle and Portland, Oregon, where the family temporarily resided, until choosing to relocate to Los Angeles, California, when she was 14 years old.
Sweeney began her career as guest star in TV shows such as 90210, Criminal Minds, Grey's Anatomy and Pretty Little Liars.
Sweeney starred as Emaline Addario on the Netflix series Everything Sucks!, which revolved around two groups of high school students in Oregon in 1996. She then appeared in the HBO miniseries Sharp Objects, recurring as Alice, a roommate whom Amy Adams's character meets at a psychiatric facility. Her character was originally supposed to have a smaller role, but the director kept bringing her in for more scenes. For the role, Sweeney studied stories of girls who suffered from mental illness and self-harming, and visited hospitals who had patients who self-harmed. She filmed Everything Sucks! and Sharp Objects concurrently, the former during the week and latter on weekends.
Sweeney had a role in the thriller film Under the Silver Lake in 2018. She had a recurring role during the second season of the dystopian drama series The Handmaid's Tale as Eden Spencer, a pious and obedient girl from the totalitarian Republic of Gilead. She also starred as the heroine in the horror film Along Came the Devil. The next year, Sweeney appeared in the drama film Clementine, the coming-of-age film Big Time Adolescence, and Quentin Tarantino's dramedy Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.
In June 2019, Sweeney began portraying teenager Cassie Howard, a teenager with a promiscuous reputation, in the HBO drama series Euphoria, to widespread acclaim, receiving a nomination for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series in 2022. She starred in the TV film Nocturne in 2020. She launched her production company, Fifty-Fifty Films, that same year. In 2021, Sweeney appeared in the first season of Mike White's anthology black comedy series The White Lotus, as a sardonic college sophomore, receiving critical acclaim for the role. For her portrayal of the character, she was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie in 2022. Her accomplishments earned her a place on the Time 100 Next list for 2022.
In 2023, Sweeney starred in Tina Satter's thriller drama Reality, which premiered at the 73rd Berlin Film Festival, where she received critical praise for her performance; Steph Green of IndieWire stated: "Not only is Reality inventively mounted and extraordinarily tense, but across 85 taut minutes, it proves something we already knew deep down: that Sydney Sweeney is the real deal". Jessica Kiang of Variety wrote "One major, electrifying connection between the facts of the case and their dramatization is provided by a revelatory Sydney Sweeney, playing Winner so convincingly that it’s hard to remember her as the sardonic, pampered teen in The White Lotus, or the nice-girl-turned-nasty in Euphoria". Charles Bramesco of The Playlist commented “Ultimately, it’s Sweeney’s show, and she excels in locating small crannies of tacit detail within these offhanded lines”.
Sweeney next had a role in the crime thriller Americana, which premiered at the South by Southwest Festival (SXSW) on March 17, 2023.
Sweeney is set to star in the superhero film Madame Web, set in the Sony's Spider-Man Universe (SSU) franchise. She is also committed to star and executive produce a remake of 1968 film Barbarella. On March 8, it was announced that Sweeney would star in Apple Original Films' Echo Valley alongside Julianne Moore.
Sweeney has been engaged to her longtime boyfriend, Chicago-based restaurateur Jonathan Davino, since February 2022. Davino's family operates the city’s storied pizza restaurant Pompei, which opened in Chicago in 1909.
Sweeney has trained in mixed martial arts since she was 12 years old, and competed in grappling in high school. Sweeney owns a 1969 Ford Bronco, whose restoration she showed in detail on her TikTok account.
|Denotes films that have not yet been released|
|2009||ZMD: Zombies of Mass Destruction||Lisa|
|2010||The Opium Eater||Sarah Detzer|
|Night Blind||Lost Girl||Short|
|The Ward||Young Alice|
|2014||Angels in Stardust||Annie|
|Love Made Visible||Leah||Short|
|The Martial Arts Kid||Julia|
|The Unborn||Little Janey Hutchins||Short|
|Stolen From Suburbia||Emma|
|2016||Cassidy Way||Kelsey Connors|
|The Horde||Hailey Summers|
|It Happened Again Last Night||Young Paige||Short|
|The Wrong Daughter||Samantha|
|Under the Silver Lake||Shooting Star|
|Along Came the Devil||Ashley|
|2019||Big Time Adolescence||Holly|
|Once Upon a Time in Hollywood||Dianne "Snake" Lake|
|Americana||Penny Jo Poplin||Post-production|
|2024||Madame Web||Julia Carpenter / Spider-Woman||Post-production|
|TBA||Immaculate||Cecilia||Post-production and also producer|
|2009||Heroes||Little Girl||Episode: "Chapter Four 'Hysterical Blindness'"|
|Criminal Minds||Dani Forester||Episode: "Outfoxed"|
|2010||Chase||Kayla Edwards||Episode: "Pilot"|
|90210||Girl||Episode: "How Much Is That Liam in the Window"|
|2011||Kickin' It||Kelsey Vargas||Episode: "Swords and Magic"|
|The Bling Ring||Izzy Fishman||TV movie|
|2014||Grey's Anatomy||Erin Weaver||Episode: "Don't Let's Start"|
|2017||Monster School Animation||Madeline Rayon (voice)||Episode: "Welcome to Monster School "|
|The Middle||Female Student #1||Episode: "The Final Final"|
|Pretty Little Liars||Willa||Episode: "Till Death Do Us Part"|
|2018||Everything Sucks!||Emaline Addario||Main; 10 episodes|
|The Handmaid's Tale||Eden Spencer||Recurring; 7 episodes|
|Sharp Objects||Alice||Miniseries; Recurring; 7 episodes|
|Manic||Missy 'Paper Girl'||TV Short|
|The Wrong Daughter||Samantha||TV movie|
|2019–present||Euphoria||Cassie Howard||Main cast|
|2021||The White Lotus||Olivia Mossbacher||Miniseries; Main cast (season 1)|
|2021–2022||Robot Chicken||Barbie, Additional Characters (voices)||Recurring; 4 episodes|
|2017||In the Vault||Haley Caren||7 episodes|
|2020||Day by Day||Winnie Chapman (voice)||Episode: "Winnie, Betty and... "|
|Dorian Television Awards||Best Supporting TV Performance||Euphoria||Nominated|||
|Gold Derby Television Awards||Best Drama Supporting Actress||Nominated|||
|Hollywood Television Critics Association||Best Supporting Actress in a Broadcast Network or Cable Series, Drama||Nominated|||
|Best Supporting Actress in a Broadcast Network or Cable Limited or Anthology Series||The White Lotus||Nominated|
|Online Film and Television Association||Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture or Limited Series||Nominated|||
|Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series||Euphoria||Nominated|
|Primetime Emmy Awards||Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series||Nominated|||
|Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie||The White Lotus||Nominated|
…actor Sydney Sweeney in 1997 (age 22)
One of the roles she has lined up is in "Madame Web," a comic-book tentpole set in [the SSU]. Is she reading the comic books the movie is based on? "I am. I've been ordering a bunch of comic books," she says. "There's a lot to learn. I've always been a really big fan of all of the Marvel and Sony Universe movies. I've grown up watching them all and I've been engulfed in the entire world my entire life, so being able to be a part of that is such an incredible, incredible thing."