Could producing be a way for her to finally play a character that’s not in high school? Looking back, Sweeney recalls one of Cassie Howard’s lines from Euphoria’s first season, where her character wonders if high school really is the best time in one’s life. “Everyone idolizes this high school experience, and then you automatically go into your 20s thinking, ‘Oh, my god, my life is over,’” she reflects. Sweeney attributes this ageist thinking to tropes regularly played out on-screen, remarking that there are not any movies that celebrate women in their 20s and 30s the same way the teenage years are depicted as beautiful, carefree, and open to possibility.
Fortunately, fans of Sweeney’s won’t have to wait too long to find out. Her next project, The Voyeurs, is an “erotic thriller” premiering next month on Amazon. Director Michael Mohan, who gave Sweeney her first big break on Netflix’s Everything Sucks!, helms this project, which pushes Sweeney into her first role as an adult. Her character Pippa is actually most like Sweeney: a 20-something professional and a bit of a self-described dork. Not wanting to spoil any elements about her first foray into adulthood, Sweeney is cautious not to divulge any details. However, she’s more than willing to hype up the surprise factor. “It’s going to be one of those movies that you think you’ve figured it out. Then, all of a sudden, you get slapped in the face,” she teases. “You’re like, ‘Oh my god, this is not what I was expecting at all.’”
If we’ve learned one thing from speaking with Sydney Sweeney, it’s to delight in the surprise and always expect the unexpected.