“That terrified me”: Sydney Sweeney Refused to Audition for Disney Because of Crippling Stage Fright

Sydney Sweeney's stage fright prevented her from auditioning for Disney.

"That terrified me": Sydney Sweeney Refused to Audition for Disney Because of Crippling Stage Fright


  • Sydney Sweeney auditioned for a lot of different shows, including Modern Family, as a child actor.
  • However, she didn't dare to audition for Disney due to stage fright.
  • A wardrobe malfunction led to Sweeney getting sick during the filming of Madame Web.
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Madame Web is all set to introduce fans of Sony’s Spider-Man Universe to another classic character from the Web-Head-related comics, as Dakota Johnson gears up to don a superhero costume on the big screen for the first time.


Johnson will be joined by three young talents, including Sydney Sweeney. The Euphoria star has attracted plenty of eyeballs and camera flashes in recent months courtesy of her appearance in Madame Web as well as Anyone but You.

Dakota Johnson
Dakota Johnson and Sydney Sweeney in Madame Web

Her press tours for both films suggest Sweeney is relishing facing cameras and people around the world. However, she wasn’t always that confident when pushed under the spotlight.


Sydney Sweeney Explains Why She Refused to Audition for Disney

As part of Madame Web’s promotional campaign, Sydney Sweeney, who is playing Julia Carpenter, a woman with spider-like abilities, joined BuzzFeed‘s studio to play with puppies instead.

Sydney Sweeney plays Julia Carpenter in Madame Web
Sydney Sweeney plays Julia Carpenter in Madame Web

As Sweeney focused on playing with cute puppies around her, she was asked to name a role people would be surprised to learn she auditioned for. The 26-year-old revealed she has auditioned for “everything” one could imagine, including Modern Family, as she has given auditions since she was 12. Everything, but Disney.

“I never really auditioned for Disney Channel,” she recalled. “I had stage fright and I knew you had to do that in front of a live audience. So that thought definitely terrified me a little bit.”

However, television did play an important part in shaping her into the confident actor she has now become. Sweeney started off her career doing smaller roles in shows like Heroes and Pretty Little Liars. Speaking about her experience from this time, she shared:


“Honestly, I’ve learned so much from working on all of those different shows, even as a featured extra or a small co-star role.”

Among the many things Sweeney learned, one was respecting the crew who she considers an actor’s best friend.

Sydney Sweeney Ended Up Vomiting During Madame Web’s Filming

For everything to be seamless on sets, the dynamic between the cast and the crew must be on point (or maybe just rope in Christopher Nolan’s crew members). It seems that wasn’t the case during the filming of Madame Web.

Sydney Sweeney
Sydney Sweeney

The shooting on the set of the SSU title had to be paused due to a wardrobe malfunction. In an interview with Cosmopolitan UK (via Independent), the Everything Sucks star shed light on a problem with her wig. She said:


“I had a wig so it was a whole other process. You have to wrap the wig, then glue the wig down, then style the wig. And that wig was so hot we were filming in Boston in the middle of the summer. It was one of the hottest days and we were in the middle of filming and I go, ‘One second’, and I turn around and I just started throwing up and then I turn back and I go ‘we’re all good we can keep going.'”

The actress realized she was overheating and her body was shutting down. And Sweeney isn’t the only Madame Web actor who had a tricky time during the filming.

In a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, Dakota Johnson said she found the whole process of working with a blue screen “absolutely psychotic.”


Written by Vishal Singh

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Vishal Singh is a Content Writer at FandomWire. Having spent more than half a decade in the digital media space, Vishal specializes in crafting engaging entertainment- and sports-focused stories. He graduated from university with an honors degree in English Literature.