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Sydney Sweeney Said She Literally Can’t Afford to Take a Break From Acting

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Two-time Emmy nominee Sydney Sweeney is just as worried about rent payments as everybody else…Okay, it’s probably mortgage payments, but still.

In a new interview with The Hollywood Reporter, the Euphoria and The White Lotus star said she has not made enough money to take a six-month break from acting should the need arise. “They don’t pay actors like they used to, and with streamers, you no longer get residuals,” Sweeney told THR, later adding, “If I wanted to take a six-month break, I don’t have income to cover that. I don’t have someone supporting me, I don’t have anyone I can turn to, to pay my bills or call for help.”

Here’s how she broke it down: “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. That’s more than my mortgage.”

See, I was right about the mortgage thing. After five years of working in L.A., Sweeney was able to purchase a home—a feat she does not take for granted. “If I just acted, I wouldn’t be able to afford my life in L.A.,” she said of deals like her Armani beauty campaign and brand ambassadorship for Miu Miu. “I take deals because I have to,” she continued, adding, “I couldn’t believe I was even able to buy a house. I want to be able to stay there.”

Sydney Sweeney and Brittany O’Grady in HBO’s The White Lotus.

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In the same interview, Sydney Sweeney opened up about her hopes to start a family and her fears over how that choice could impact her career. “I want to have a family,” Sweeney shared. “I’ve always wanted to be a young mom, and I’m worried about how this industry puts stigmas on young women who have children and looks at them in a different light. I was worried that, if I don’t work, there is no money and no support for kids I would have.”

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