Sydney Sweeney stars what may be the most talked-about show on television.
It’s certainly somewhere in the top five.
And yet… the actress spoke to The Hollywood Reporter on Wednesday and stunned readers by opening up about her salary.
Her paltry salary, that is.
“They don’t pay actors like they used to, and with streamers, you no longer get residuals,” the young star explained.
“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.”
Sweeney also played a role on one of 2021’s breakout shows, White Lotus.
And yet… she says she can’t even afford to take any sort of professional break.
“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.”
The 24-year-old has promotional deals with Miu Miu, Laneige and Armani.
She’s starred on Euphoria as the character of Cassie Howard since the show’s debut and recently got nominated for an Emmy Award.
Clearly, she’s doing fine. She isn’t going broke any time soon.
Heck, she lives in a $3 million mansion!
But the mansion doesn’t have a gate or any real privacy and fans often drive by and wave.
When the The Hollywood Reporter suggested purchasing a gate, Sweeney allegedly noted she had already maxed out her budget by acquiring the property last year.
“I couldn’t believe I was even able to buy a house,” she said.
“I want to be able to stay there.”
Quick, someone go find Sydney Sweeney the world’s tiniest violin to play.
The actress has been open in the past about the financial challenges her parents faced when they moved to Los Angeles to pursue her acting career at 13 years old.
“We lived in one room.
“My mom and I shared a bed and my dad and little brother shared a couch,” she recalled in the profile, explaining that her family ended up living in a motel.
The marital struggles that ensued inspired Sweeney to do whatever she could to be of assistance..
“I thought that if I made enough money, I’d be able to buy my parents’ house back and that I’d be able to put my parents back together,” she says now.
“But when I turned 18, I only had $800 to my name.
“My parents weren’t back together and there was nothing I could do to help.”