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Why ‘Euphoria’ star Sydney Sweeney refused this Netflix show

Ever since the HBOMax show Euphoria became a global sensation, it catapulted its stars to superstardom. This coming-of-age Emmy-winning show has a varied ensemble cast, including some big names like Zendaya, Sydney Sweeney, Jacob Elordi and others. 

Euphoria explores various teenage issues in high school: identity crisis, sexuality, raging hormones, substance abuse, peer pressure, etc. Adapted from the eponymous Israeli show, this tale of sex, drugs, and friendship has become a huge phenomenon. 

Sydney Sweeney has been having a pretty hard time managing her schedule. She has appeared on various acting projects on four major streaming platforms. On Netflix, she bagged her first-ever reprising role on the series Everything Sucks! Before appearing in a short cameo on the 2021 vampire flick Night Teeth. She awed fans as Eden on Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale.  

On Amazon Prime, viewers can watch her two films, Nocturne and The Voyeurs, while she is most well-known for her longtime collaboration with HBO in titles like The White Lotus, Sharp Objects and Euphoria

One of the best breakout stars in the dark, dramatic series, Sweeney’s performance as Cassie Howard in Euphoria has garnered her appreciation and amassed Sweeney a significant fan following. However, Sweeney almost did not appear on the show and here’s why. 

Sweeney was offered a role in a Netflix series and faced a significant dilemma between the two parts. Recently, she reflected on the situation. 

Sweeney said about Euphoria, “When I first received the audition, it was a pilot. It wasn’t even a picked-up series. So I was like, ‘I’ve never done a pilot before.’ Three days before, I booked a Netflix show. It was a straight-to-series. I would be a series regular, and I was really weighing my options. Do I go do a pilot for HBO on an incredible show but run the risk of not having a series? Or do I do a Netflix series that’s already picked up, but my role is not as big?” However, talking to Euphoria creator and writer Sam Levinson helped Sweeney decide. 

“I had a personal conversation with Sam Levinson, and he just told me his vision and everything about what he sees and wants to achieve in the show,” she revealed. “There was no way I could not be a part of this, so I signed on, and here we are.”

The show that Sweeney rejected was yet another coming-of-age drama but with a supernatural tinge. 

“I’ve never told anyone, but it was Chambers,” Sweeney said. “I don’t remember the name [of the character], but I do remember she was a girl in school. If I don’t do something or I don’t get something, I block it out.”

Despite having Uma Thurman and Tony Goldwyn on board, Chambers was cancelled after just one season, which means Sweeney’s instinct helped her make a sound decision.