Sydney Sweeney isn't afraid of a challenge, and that's exactly what drew her to Blumhouse nocturne first of all. While many recognize Sweeney as the popular Cassie from euphoria, nocturne – which premiered on Amazon Prime Video on October 13th – sees her as Juliet Lowe, a girl who is in the shadow of her musically more talented twin sister Vivian. When Julia discovers the mysterious notebook of a dead classmate, her talent soon eclipses that of her sister, and she earns a place in the senior concert – although it comes with a scary price tag.
Tensions between Sweeney's Julia and Madison Iseman's Vivian are high as their sibling rivalry comes to a head. Their on-screen chemistry makes it feel like they've always known each other, and that's because they're handy. In an interview with POPSUGAR, Sweeney revealed the reason their on-screen relationship is so realistic. "Madison and I actually went to high school together, so we were friends who grew up. We always competed against each other in everything," she said. "We were so excited to finally do something together and play sisters. Because we're friends, it was easier for us to play around with emotions against each other."
"Even though I didn't play the actual notes … it felt like I was dancing with the piano."
On the other hand, it wasn't an easy task to pull off Julia's musicality. Although Sweeney took piano lessons when she was younger, she worked diligently with a piano teacher two weeks before filming to fully embody the highly talented Julia. "Even though I didn't play the actual notes, they played the tracks for me. Then I had to learn where those notes were, the timing and the movement of my body," she explained. "I memorized everything, so it felt like I was dancing with the piano. I actually ended up buying a keyboard and hoping that maybe one day I can actually play it."
"I think I was just putting myself together from Julia's own thoughts. I try to separate any character or project I do from other projects."
part of nocturneThe discomfort comes from his boarding school environment. Julia's social isolation and her never-ending search for perfection evoke images of Suspiria. While Sweeney has always been a horror fan instead of taking inspiration from other films, she delved deep into the character's psyche. "I think I was just made up of Julia's own thoughts. I try to separate any character or project that I do from other projects," she said. "I've always been a huge horror and scary movie fan, but I'll never base my characters on anything."
One of the biggest questions that we still have to answer in the end nocturne is whether there is actually something supernatural at work or whether everything is just in Julia's head. "I played it supernaturally because Juliet believed in it," Sweeney said. "Whether the audience thinks it's supernatural or a metaphor for life is up to them what they can take away." As for the ambiguous ending, whether or not Juliet really sacrificed herself or lands dead on a sculpture, Sweeney went for something more realistic. "Personally, I see it as a metaphor for how she gave up on herself to play that piano solo she worked so hard for."
"Personally, I see it as a metaphor for how she gave up on herself to play that piano solo she worked so hard for."
It seems 2020 was the year of Blumhouse when it comes to horror films, especially with The invisible man, The lieand last nocturne. If nocturne will get the Blumhouse icon status from fans like Go outcan still be seen. ""Go out makes you think, "said Sweeney of her personal Blumhouse favorite." I had to look at this maybe five to ten times to really and completely find out. "What is certain is that nocturne will make you think. However, how often it takes you to find out everything is up to you.
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