Find out why Lily-Rose Depp has reasons to hate The Weeknd
What happens when The Weeknd steps into the role of a mysterious cult leader? Lily-Rose Depp spills the beans in a candid conversation with Entertainment Weekly about the intriguing new HBO drama series, ‘The Idol’. Get ready, because this series is shaking Hollywood with its controversial plot and some truly intense on-set vibes!
Let’s take a look at all the potentially messy details that have Mr. Tesfaye walking the line between safe and very, very sorry.
Lily-Rose Depp, a rising star, didn’t shy away from dishing the backstage tea. The Weeknd, a.k.a. Abel Tesfaye, portrays Tedros, a charismatic guru tangled in a complicated relationship with Depp’s character. “When he was full-on Tedros, I steered clear!” Lily-Rose giggled. Let’s just say, The Weeknd knows how to get in the zone!
Co-created by Sam Levinson, the mastermind behind Euphoria, and Tesfaye himself, the show is whipping up a storm online. From tales of chaotic production to a supposedly “toxic” environment, this show is as mysterious behind the scenes as its on-screen plot.
In March, Rolling Stone reported that there were some shocking last-minute additions to the script. We’re talking dark and disturbing scenes that took the series to a whole new level. But hold up! HBO stepped in with a statement to Variety to set the record straight.
They assured everyone that the creative team is all about a safe, respectful working environment. Lily-Rose backed this up, calling the Rolling Stone report “false” at the show’s grand Cannes Film Festival premiere. The Weeknd took a swing on Twitter with a cheeky tweet asking Rolling Stone, “Did we upset you?”
‘The Idol’ flaunts a stellar ensemble including Dan Levy, Eli Roth, Rachel Sennott, and Hank Azaria. The Cannes premiere of the show was nothing short of show-stopping, offering us a peek into the tumultuous world of fame, think Britney Spears-level meltdown. The first two episodes are loaded with jaw-dropping, scandalous scenes that you won’t be able to forget.
Our darling Depp takes on the role of a pop sensation trying to find her footing after a major personal tragedy. Meanwhile, The Weeknd’s Tedros, who starts as a night club owner, reveals he has some big, and pretty shady, plans up his sleeve. There’s more to Tedros than meets the eye, as he is revealed to be a modern-day cult leader. It’s a wild, dizzying roller-coaster and we’re here for it!
The production wasn’t without its own set of dramatic twists and turns. Amy Seimetz, the original director, left mid-production. Rumors swirled that The Weeknd felt the series was taking on too much of a “female perspective,” but Tesfaye quickly shot down those claims.
HBO mentioned in a statement that they made creative changes that they believed were crucial for the cast and crew. They stressed on the commitment to a safe, collaborative, and respectful working environment.
Lily-Rose Depp sang praises for Sam Levinson in her statement to Variety, emphasizing the support, collaboration, and respect she experienced while working with him.
As the curtains lift and ‘The Idol’ premieres on HBO, brace yourself for a riveting experience with heart-thumping twists and turns. With The Weeknd’s enthralling on-screen presence and Lily-Rose Depp’s magnetic performance, it’s set to be a staple in social media conversations for the foreseeable future.