Sydney Sweeney Wonders ‘Is This Real?’ Amid Money Worries

It seems that Sydney Sweeney has decided to refocus on being grateful for all of her youthful newfound success.

Less than a month after stirring the pop culture pot by lamenting that “actors don’t get paid the way they used to” – the rising star of HBO’s The White Lotus and Euphoria has changed their attitude.

Despite her Emmy nomination, starring roles in upcoming movies and her first $3 million mansion, the infamously voluptuous blonde recently caused a stir when she claimed she didn’t have enough money in the bank.

Now, however, the Washington-born actress seems to realize that her options are many.

“To be in the position I’m in now, where I can say no, is terrifying. I get so scared. I don’t like to say no,” Sweeney, 24, told IndieWire in a new interview published Wednesday. “Actually, I write letters to people saying, ‘I’m so sorry to say no,’ because I don’t like being that person. [I want] to make sure I choose characters that will surprise audiences.”

Sweeney also told the outlet, “I’m still in the ‘Is this happening? Is that real?’ Phase,” noting that her name is now in the honorable ranks with icons like Patricia Arquette and Christina Ricci.

But despite her own fame, she is still blinded by stars. “I’m still struck by the stars and can’t believe this life is real because I’ve dreamed for years and worked so hard hoping to have just one line in one scene with someone like that,” Sweeney said .

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“I’m still in the ‘Is this happening? Is that real?’ Phase,” she said of her rising fame.

The Handmaid’s Tale alum then explained how she has a little freedom to choose wiserly about her next projects: “I’m always looking for projects where the character excites me, the character challenges me, the story excites me, and those the filmmaker, of course.”

The young starlet has forged professional relationships with HBO executives, which has allowed her to appear simultaneously on “Euphoria” and “The White Lotus.”

“I’m very, very fortunate and grateful for the opportunities to work with such talented filmmakers and it changes the outcome and reception of a project,” she said.

The trained MMA fighter convinced her parents to let her move to Hollywood when she was 14 after trying to convince them with a powerpoint presentation.

Sweeney has had guest appearances and supporting roles in such dramas as Grey’s Anatomy, Pretty Little Liars and 90210.

“For 10 years there I took everything I couldn’t get my hands on – because I was just so hungry to work.”

Her newfound positivity is a far cry from controversial comments she made last month. “If I wanted to take a six-month break, I don’t have any income to cover it,” she told the Hollywood Reporter. “I have no one to support me, I have no one to turn to to pay my bills or call for help.”

She also noted that she’s obviously not broke — hello, Miu Miu, Laneige and Armani beauty campaigns — but she’s not profiting from her job as much as people might think.

“Actors don’t get paid like they used to, and you don’t get residuals with streamers,” Sweeney explained. “The established stars still get paid, but I have to give 5% to my lawyer, 10% to my agents, 3% or something to my CEO.

“I have to pay my publicist every month, and that’s more than my mortgage,” Sweeney continued. “If I just acted, I couldn’t afford my life in LA. I make deals because I have to.”

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Sweeney plays Cassie Howard on HBO’s teen drama Euphoria.
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