Before Sydney Sweeney stole scenes in Euphoria and The White Lotus, she had smaller roles in other hit shows. One of the most memorable was Eden in The Handmaid’s Tale. In the dystopian series, Sweeney was tasked with bringing the 15-year-old bride to life. And while Eden’s arc on the show was massive, she started out as a true believer in Gilead.
Sydney Sweeney Reflects on Her Character in ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’
When fans of The Handmaid’s Tale meeting Eden for the first time, she is an obedient and pious girl who dreams of becoming a commander’s wife. Sent to marry Nick, Sweeney’s character quickly became an enemy of viewers as she was an added complication hampering Nick’s love for June. Also, because she grew up in Gilead, her behavior was often off-putting to fans. But while viewers may have initially hated Eden, Sweeney has always found a way to see the good in her character. In an interview with Three If By Space, Sweeney justified Eden’s beliefs and behavior.
“Eden was convinced she was doing the right thing by marrying Nick,” Sweeney shared of her character in The Handmaid’s Tale. “She had the purest intentions and believed what her mother told her, that it was the best thing. It was what God wanted and what was good for Gilead. She married Nick because it was to be a good girl and follow what she had been led to believe in. She had no agenda.
Why Nick and Eden’s Bedroom Scene Was Hard to Film
Part of marrying Nick meant procreating with him. And while Nick and Eden’s bedroom scene served the overall narrative within The Handmaid’s Tale, it was not the easiest thing to film. “It was a difficult day, it was difficult to go to the end of the stage!” Sweeney talked about the bedroom scene. “Max [Minghella, who plays Nick] was there for me and there was a lot of support from the crew. It was quite strange.
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One of the weirdest elements of the bedroom scene was the logistics of Eden being fully clothed. This made it difficult for the actors to convey that something was actually going on. “The hardest thing to do was to make it look like we were doing something,” Sweeney explained.
Sweeney Reveals She Misses ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Cast and Crew
Eden’s bedroom scene may have been a challenge for Sweeney, but it wasn’t as difficult as saying goodbye to the cast and crew of The Handmaid’s Tale. Considering Eden’s arc began and ended in Season 2, she gave a tearful goodbye upon leaving.
“There were a lot of tears and a lot of hugs,” Sweeney recalled of his last day on set. The Handmaid’s Tale. “I loved being a part of this show so much. There are so many good times that I will take with me. Not being able to work with these people anymore was so sad.
One person, in particular, to whom Sweeney had a hard time saying goodbye was Minghella. However, she knows that they will cross paths again in the future. “Max and I really had a great time,” Sweeney explained. “We worked together the most and got along so well. He’s become a good friend, so it’s not a goodbye forever.
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