‘Handmaid’s Tale’ Actress ‘Always Wanted To Be A Young Mom,’ Laments Hollywood ‘Stigmas’ About Having Children And Career

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Sydney Sweeney of “The Handmaid’s Tale” fame made some candid comments about how Hollywood treats young women who want to start families. 

“I want to have a family, I’ve always wanted to be a young mom,” the 24-year-old actress told The Hollywood Reporter during a recent interview. “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,” Sweeney continued.

She admitted to discussing how to balance her career and family life with her “Sharp Objects” co-star Amy Adams, who has one daughter. But Sweeney said financial struggles make her feel nervous about starting a family.

“If I wanted to take a six-month break, I don’t have income to cover that,” she told THR. “I don’t have someone supporting me, I don’t have anyone I can turn to, to pay my bills or call for help.”

“They don’t pay actors like they used to, and with streamers, you no longer get residuals,” she continued. “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, and that’s more than my mortgage.”

The “Euphoria” star said she’d been forced to find alternate ways to earn an income beyond just acting. 

“If I just acted, I wouldn’t be able to afford my life in L.A. I take deals because I have to,” Sweeney explained.

Despite Sweeney’s worries about her income, it seems her star has been rising lately. The up-and-coming actress was recently nominated for two Emmy Awards for her work on “The White Lotus” and “Euphoria.” 

“I wasn’t really expecting this,” she told People upon finding out she was in the running for those awards. “When I fell in love with acting, and when I fall in love with my characters, I don’t really think about the whole award aspect of it. I think there are so many incredible actors that I was rooting for, so I wasn’t ready.”

Sweeney is currently engaged to 37-year-old Chicago-based businessman Jonathan Davino. The pair have been linked since 2018 but mostly keep their relationship under wraps. 

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