Last year, tweets surfaced showing the Euphoria actress with deep brunette hair, and a pair of heavy blunt bangs. Based on the timeline of these photos—which a recent beauty evolution by Nylon revealed would be around 2013-2014—and the Tumblr vibes they give off, we would guess her look was heavily inspired by Alexa Chung or Zooey Deschanel.
According to Sweeney, there’s a reason most of us don’t know her brunette era even exists in the first place—she’s not a fan of it herself. She replied to the fan account with a tweet that simply said “This was a stage I’d like to forget.” And who could blame her? High school was hard for most of us, even if it wasn’t Euphoria-levels of depressing.
Sweeney recently opened up about the behind-the-scenes of filming Euphoria, and gave some content to what some fans are calling “excessive” topless scenes. “Sam is amazing,” she said, per BuzzFeed, praising series creator Sam Levinson. “There are moments [in the script] where Cassie was supposed to be shirtless and I would tell Sam, ‘I don’t really think that’s necessary here’…. He was like, ‘Okay, we don’t need it.’”
Sweeney explained, “I’ve never felt like Sam has pushed it on me or was trying to get a nude scene into an HBO show. When I didn’t want to do it, he didn’t make me.” Unfortunately, that isn’t always the case. “I’ve had experiences where I want to go home and scrub myself completely raw because I feel disgusting…. I didn’t feel comfortable with my castmate or the crew, and I just didn’t feel like my character would be doing it,” Sweeney recalled of filming intimate scenes in other projects, adding that in those situations she “didn’t feel like [she] was able to speak up.”
She also pointed out the double standard applied to male and female actors with regard to onscreen nudity, saying there’s a “stigma against actresses who get naked onscreen” and that “when a guy has a sex scene or shows his body, he still wins awards and gets praise, but the moment a girl does it, it’s completely different.”
Bella Cacciatore is the beauty writer at Glamour. Follow her on Instagram @bellacacciatore_.