The 24-year-old actress told The Hollywood Reporter that she can’t afford to take time off just yet, despite being cast in some of the hottest shows on television right now, including HBO’s “Euphoria” and “The White Lotus” as well as a forthcoming role in Marvel’s “Madame Web.”
Sweeney admitted, “I don’t have income to pay it. I don’t have someone supporting me if I decided to take a six-month hiatus.
The two-time Emmy nominee said, “They don’t compensate actors like they used to, and with streamers, you no longer get residuals.” “The established stars are still paid, but I have to pay 5% to my attorney and 10% to my lawyer, 10% to my agents, 3% or something like that to my business manager. I have to pay my publicist every month and that’s more than my mortgage.”
While Sweeney didn’t confirm recent reports that she was engaged to restaurateur Jonathan Davino, she opened up about her desire to have kids and the stigmas associated with motherhood in her chosen field.
“I want to have a family, 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,” she said. “I was worried that, if I don’t work, there is no money and no support for kids I would have.”
Sweeney added that not earning enough to take some time away from her craft is why she’s taken on brand deals to supplement her income.
“If I just acted, I wouldn’t be able to afford my life in [Los Angeles],” she said. “I take deals because I have to.”