Sydney Sweeney is in her era of letting go.
The Emmy nominee for ‘Euphoria’ and ‘White Lotus’ told IndieWire that the upcoming romantic comedy ‘Anyone but You’ has unlocked a new level of comedy in her career. Sweeney marks his first foray into the romantic comedy genre alongside Glen Powell, star of “Top Gun: Maverick” and star of “Set It Up,” for the R-rated comedy, starring Dermot Mulroney, Rachel Griffiths, Alexandra Shipp, Michelle Hurd, Darren Barnett, Hadley Robinson, Bryan Brown and Gata.
“I feel like I learned from everyone. I worked with Dermot, Rachel, (director) Will Gluck. Everyone on set was just comedy legends,” Sweeney said while on the red carpet for HBO’s New York screening of his upcoming ‘Reality TV.’ “I feel like we laugh every day.”
She added, “That’s what I’ve learned, which is to have fun and be crazy and let go and not be aware of anything.”
“Anyone but You” is directed by Will Gluck (“Easy A,” “Friends with Benefits”) from a screenplay co-written by Ilana Wolpert. The film is billed as a modern retelling of William Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing,” with Sweeney and Powell as two bitter college enemies who reunite years after graduation for a destination wedding and pretend to be a couple for personal reasons. Sweeney is the executive producer for her Fifty-Fifty banner.
Sweeney will next be seen in the HBO Films crime drama “Reality,” which centers on former Air Force member and NSA translator Reality Winner, who was jailed for releasing unauthorized government information to the media, resulting in the director of the FBI James Comey. for the investigation into how Russian interference affected the 2016 election.
“I didn’t actually know the story of Reality,” Sweeney said of the script he received from director Tina Satter, which uses dialogue from the actual FBI interrogation of Reality Winner. “I was completely blown away that this was an actual transcript. You can’t write dialogue like this. Once I realized this was the real conversation, I knew I had to dig even deeper and figure out what all the fuss was about.
Sweeney called the performance “claustrophobic,” adding, “Your space is being invaded and as the minutes go by, the walls feel like they are shrinking and her world is closing in on her completely. I can’t imagine watching and reliving that moment. She definitely supports the film and her mother and sister saw it with us, but it would be hard to see it again in real time.”