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Sydney Sweeney is not ‘our’ Marilyn Monroe

Actor Sydney Sweeney poses at The 92nd Street Y on March 20 in New York City. Many online figures are arguing Sydney Sweeney’s career will be similar to Marilyn Monroe. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

Every decade or two, some star is lauded as the second coming of Marilyn Monroe. 

In recent years, that star has been Sydney Sweeney.

Known for her performances in “Euphoria” and “Anyone But You,” Sweeney is an emerging star, even making her debut as a producer – for “Immaculate” – earlier this year. 

Some people online bash Sweeney for being open with her body, often appearing in roles nude or sparsely dressed. 

However, Sweeney often pokes fun at these want-to-be critics. 

“The biggest misconception about me is that I am a dumb blonde with big tits,” Sweeney said in an interview with Glamour UK. “I’m naturally brunette.” 

@glamouruk “I went through that process of covering my body up at such a young age, but once I became more confident with myself, [it changed]. I want to show girls that it’s amazing and beautiful and empowering to have the bodies that we have.” ❤️ #SydneySweeney gets #Unfiltered with GLAMOUR. #sydneysweeneyedit #celebrityinterview ♬ original sound – British GLAMOUR

This emphasis on Sweeney’s qualities is a problem for another day, but it is a problem dealt with by the likes of Monroe and many other blonde bombshells, a term coined for Monroe and other famous actors known for being sex symbols.

While Sweeney, on the surface, has many similar traits to Monroe, the comparison of the two isn’t the best pairing to foreshadow Sweeney’s future. 

Instead, I posit that the best contemporary to Sweeny is Australian actor Margot Robbie.

Robbie – known most for her roles in “Barbie,” “I, Tonya” and “The Wolf of Wall Street” – is further along in her career than Sweeney and, more importantly, has pushed aside the title of bombshell and is now taken seriously as an artist. 

To date, Sweeney’s career is very similar to the early stages of Robbie’s.

Robbie acted in small roles until a role where she was heralded mostly for the way in which she was sexualized: “The Wolf of Wall Street.”

Playing the role of the main character’s second wife, Robbie is mostly known in the role for her lack of clothing. 

Similarly, Sweeney acted in bit parts and supporting roles until her major role in the TV show “Euphoria.”

Though Sweeney’s acting is passable, especially for the show’s lackluster script, – just as Robbie’s was in “The Wolf of Wall Street” – she is mostly known for the showrunner, Sam Levinson, constantly asking her to take off her shirt. 

Following these acting experiences, both actors found ways to take the career major. 

Both starred in a superhero movie – Sweeney in “Madame Web” and Robbie in “Suicide Squad.”

Both took that success and used it to fund smaller projects that they were more passionate about – “I, Tonya” for Robbie and “Immaculate” and “Anyone But You” for Sweeney. 

Sweeney has even mentioned wanting to work with Robbie, a hint Sweeney understands the pair’s similar trajectory. 

If Robbie’s career path is one that Sweeney actually goes down, I’m excited to see what beloved child’s toy Sweeney adapts into a major blockbuster. Bratz, maybe?


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