Sydney Sweeney may star in one of the biggest shows on TV right now, but she still hasn’t earned enough to take a break from acting.
The 24-year-old double-Emmy nominee told The Hollywood Reporter in an article published Wednesday that, despite her roles on HBO’s “Euphoria,” “The White Lotus” and Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale,” a six-month break from Hollywood isn’t feasible.
“If I wanted to take a six-month break, I don’t have income to cover that,” she said. “I don’t have someone supporting me. I don’t have anyone I can turn to, to pay my bills or call for help.”
She added that most actors get paid less than what many may expect, especially in light of additional business expenses.
“They don’t pay actors like they used to, and with streamers, you no longer get residuals,” she said. “The established stars still get paid, but I have to give 5 percent to my lawyer, 10 percent to my agents, 3 percent or something like that to my business manager. I have to pay my publicist every month, and that’s more than my mortgage.”
In order to supplement her income, Sweeney said she takes on brand partnerships. According to THR, she serves as a Miu Miu ambassador and is starring in an Armani campaign.
“If I just acted, I wouldn’t be able to afford my life in L.A,” she said. “I take deals because I have to.”
Sweeney also opened up about her personal goals outside of her career. One of those, she said, is motherhood.
“I want to have a family, I’ve always wanted to be a young mom,” she said.
But Hollywood isn’t always friendly to actresses like Sweeney, who aim to balance their work and family life.
“I’m worried about how this industry puts stigmas on young women who have children and looks at them in a different light,” she said. “I was worried that, if I don’t work, there is no money and no support for kids I would have.”