Sydney Sweeney Talks Playing Whistleblower Reality Winner in HBO Film

Sydney Sweeney debuted her new HBO Films drama “Reality” at an intimate premiere Monday on the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.

“Usually whenever I’m scared or challenged by something, I know I should do it,” the Emmy nominee advised Variety on the crimson carpet about tackling the function of controversial real-life American whistleblower Reality Winner.

Winner was a former U.S. Air Force member who was working as a translator for an NSA contractor when she was convicted of leaking a confidential report on Russian election interference to the media. Winner was finally charged beneath the Espionage Act and served 4 years in federal jail. She stays beneath supervised launch till 2024, whereas public opinion stays cut up on the actions that put her behind bars.

The “Euphoria” star defended Winner through the occasion. “I hope that people see Reality as a human being and that they stop letting articles and tabloids label people and put thoughts into their minds. Hopefully they see this humanized experience and get to come up with their own opinions,” Sweeney mentioned.

The new film is predicated on the true occasions that occurred in 2017, when the 25-year-old former intelligence specialist arrived residence to search out FBI brokers ready on her doorstep. In the movie, her suspected function within the mishandling of labeled info results in a confrontation between the officers and the unsuspecting Winner, who seems extra involved with getting her grocery procuring luggage out of her automotive trunk than the potential for going to jail. The movie’s dialogue is formed instantly from the recorded and unedited FBI audio file of their tense dialog.

“I was drawn by how complex she was,” the actor mentioned about her attraction to the character. “There are so many contradicting layers of who she is, what it means to be a woman. And I feel that we were able to take a moment and truly humanize it, and not put any type of lens on it. It was just a real moment in time. It’s everything from the transcript. Nothing has changed. And I love that.”

Tina Satter, who conceived the fabric in her 2019 play “Is This a Room?” after which wrote the screenplay, famous on the crimson carpet that she immediately knew Sweeney was good for the function proper as she auditioned.

“We had this great conversation before she came on board where she just already had this understanding of Reality that actually came from being a young woman herself,” the filmmaker mentioned. “While they’re very different people, they are both very smart.”

The emotional docudrama additionally stars Josh Hamilton and Marchánt Davis as brokers in control of questioning the suspect to get a confession.

“I felt a huge responsibility not only for Reality’s story, but also my admiration for her following her convictions at a huge personal risk,” Hamilton mentioned. “I’m a big supporter of any whistleblower who feels like they’re speaking up to fight the power.”

“Reality,” premiering on HBO May 29, is produced by Noah Stahl, Brad Becker-Parton, Riva Marker and Greg Nobile.

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