Sydney Sweeney
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Sweeney in 2019
Born
Sydney Bernice Sweeney

(1997-09-12) September 12, 1997 (age 24)
EducationSaint George's School
OccupationActress
Years active2009–present
Partner(s)Jonathan Davino (engaged)
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Sydney Bernice Sweeney (born September 12, 1997)[1] is an American actress. She gained mainstream attention in the Netflix series Everything Sucks! (2018), playing Emaline, and portrayed Eden in the Hulu series The Handmaid's Tale (2018) and Alice in the HBO miniseries Sharp Objects (2018). She has starred as Cassie Howard in the HBO teen drama series Euphoria since 2019 and as Olivia Mossbacher in The White Lotus since 2021. For both roles, Sweeney received two Emmy 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.[2][3] In film, she had a role in Quentin Tarantino's 2019 comedy-drama Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, portraying Dianne "Snake" Lake, a member of the Manson Family, and will appear in the upcoming Sony's Spider-Man Universe (SSU) film Madame Web.

Early life

Sweeney was born on September 12, 1997, in Spokane, Washington. Her mother is a lawyer and her father works in the medical field.[4] She has a brother, Trent.[5] Sweeney was raised in northwestern Idaho[6] in the state's Panhandle region along the Washington border, at a rural lakeside home that her family has inhabited for five generations.[7] Sweeney has stated she has grown up from a Christian background, though she is accepting of all religions.[8]

Sweeney attended Saint George's School in Spokane.[9] 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.".[7] Sweeney also studied multiple languages and graduated as a valedictorian[10] . She became interested in acting after auditioning to be an extra in an independent film that was shooting in the Spokane area.[9] To convince her parents to allow her to pursue acting, she presented them with a five-year business plan.[4] 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 when she was 14 years old.[11]

Career

Early work

One of Sweeney’s first feature films was a horror film called Along Came the Devil. Sweeney has guest starred in TV shows such as 90210, Criminal Minds, Grey's Anatomy, In the Vault, and Pretty Little Liars.[12][13]

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.[14][15] Her character was originally supposed to have a smaller role, but the director kept bringing her in for more scenes.[16] 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.[14][16] She filmed Everything Sucks! and Sharp Objects concurrently, the former during the week and latter on the weekend.[17]

Sweeney had a role in the thriller film Under the Silver Lake in 2018.[18] She had a recurring role during the second season of the dystopian tragedy series The Handmaid's Tale as Eden Spencer, a pious and obedient girl.[13] She also starred as the heroine in the horror film Along Came the Devil.[19] The next year, she 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.[20][21][22]

2019–present: Breakthrough and mainstream recognition

Since 2019, Sweeney has portrayed promiscuous teenager Cassie Howard in the drama series Euphoria,[23] to widespread acclaim, receiving a nomination for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series in 2022. Sweeney starred in the TV film Nocturne.[24] She will also star in The Players Table, a TV series adaptation of Jessica Goodman's novel They Wish They Were Us on HBO Max. Sweeney will also executive-produce with her production company, Fifty-Fifty Films.[25][26] The adaptation will co-star singer Halsey, with whom Sweeney worked on the video for Halsey's song "Graveyard".[27] In 2021, she appeared in the first season of Mike White's anthology black comedy series The White Lotus,[28] receiving critical acclaim for the role, she was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie, also in 2022.

In March 2022, Sweeney joined Dakota Johnson for upcoming superhero film Madame Web, set in the Sony's Spider-Man Universe (SSU) media franchise.[29][30]

Personal life

Sweeney is a trained MMA fighter, and competed in grappling in high school.[31][5]

Sweeney has said she creates separate books for each of her characters, which are "interactive diaries/timelines/memory books/pictures of the character’s entire world" from when the character was born to the first page of the script.[14][32][33]

In December 2020, The Spokesman-Review reported that Sweeney had donated $12,000 to various restaurants in her hometown of Spokane, which used the funds to serve meals at homeless shelters.[34]

Sweeney has been engaged to her longtime boyfriend, Chicago-based restaurateur Jonathan Davino, since February 2022.[35]

Filmography

Film

Year Title Role Notes
2009 ZMD: Zombies of Mass Destruction Lisa
2010 The Opium Eater Sarah Detzer
Takeo Samantha Wright Short
Night Blind Lost Girl Short
The Ward Young Alice
2013 Spiders 3D Emily
2014 Angels in Stardust Annie
2015 Held Lily Woods Short
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
2017 Vikes Ida
Dead Ant Sam
It Happened Again Last Night Young Paige Short
2018 Relentless Ally
The Wrong Daughter Samantha
Under the Silver Lake Shooting Star
Along Came the Devil Ashley
2019 Big Time Adolescence Holly
Clementine Lana
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood Dianne "Snake" Lake
2020 Nocturne Juliet Lowe
2021 Downfalls High Scarlett
The Voyeurs Pippa
Night Teeth Eva
2023 Madame Web TBA Filming[29][30]

Television

Year Title Role Notes
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"
In the Vault Haley Caren Web series; 7 episodes
2018 Everything Sucks! Emaline Addario Main; 10 episodes
The Handmaid's Tale Eden Spencer Recurring; 7 episodes
Sharp Objects Alice Miniseries; Recurring; Episodes: "Dirt", "Fix"
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
Robot Chicken Barbie, Riley Andersen, Cinema Girl (voices) Episodes: "May Cause a Whole Lotta Scabs"; "May Cause Immaculate Conception"

Web

Year Title Role Notes
2020 Day by Day Winnie Chapman (voice) Episode: "Winnie, Betty and... "
2021 Downfalls High Scarlett

Music Video

Year Title Artist
2019 "Graveyard" Halsey

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Work Result Ref
2010
New York International Independent Film & Video Festival Best Actress Takeo Won [36]
2011
Young Artist Awards Best Performance in a Short Film - Young Actress Nominated [37]
Best Performance in a TV Series - Guest Starring Young Actress 11-15 Chase Nominated
2019
Best Ensemble Performance in a Streaming Series or Film Everything Sucks! Nominated [38]
Sidewalk Film Festival Special Shout Jury Mention for acting Clementine Won [39]
Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series The Handmaid's Tale Nominated [40]
2021
Pena de Prata Best Ensemble in a Limited Series or Anthology Series or TV Special The White Lotus Won [41]
2022
MTV Movie & TV Awards Best Fight (with Alexa Demie) Euphoria Won [42]
Best Performance in a Show Nominated
Dorian TV Awards Best Supporting TV Performance Pending [43]
Gold Derby TV Awards Best Drama Supporting Actress Pending [44]
Hollywood TV Critics Association Best Supporting Actress in a Broadcast Network or Cable Series, Drama Pending [45]
Best Supporting Actress in a Broadcast Network or Cable Limited or Anthology Series The White Lotus Pending
Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Euphoria Pending [46]
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie The White Lotus Pending

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