According to Sidney Sweeney, the requirements for a working actor in Hollywood do not disappear overnight with success. She still has to support herself, pay her bills, pay her lawyer’s fees, pay her agents, pay her business manager, pay her publicist, and countless other realities. So when money comes in, it also tends to go even faster.
“If I wanted to take a six-month break, I don’t have the income to cover that,” Sweeney said. Hollywood Reporter. “I don’t have anyone to support me, I don’t have anyone I can turn to to pay bills or call for help… Famous stars still get money, but I have to give 5 percent to my lawyer, 10 percent to my agents, 3 percent or so to my business manager. I have to pay my publicist every month and that’s more than my mortgage.”
While it can be easy not to feel sorry for someone with Sweeney’s celebrity status, Washington state native not really looking for it. It is an understanding of business and its unforeseen complexities that she tries to lift the curtain on, especially when it comes to female actors. “I want to have a family, I always wanted to be a new mom,” Sweeney said. “I was worried that if I didn’t work, I wouldn’t have any money or support from my children.” Currently, Sweeney just wants to have enough financial stability to afford a house in Los Angeles. “I couldn’t believe I was even able to buy a house,” she said. “I want to be able to stay there.”