'The Idol': Lily-Rose Depp opens up about on-screen sexuality and the 'bareness' of her character
CANNES, FRANCE: Amid controversy and allegations of excessive nudity, Lily-Rose Depp staunchly defends her provocative new drama series 'The Idol'. The actress has also extended support to the show’s creator Sam Levinson, who is facing strong criticism for what many are calling a show turned into ‘torture porn and a rape fantasy.' Recently, Lily-Rose has said that the ‘bareness’ of her character is ‘very important’ for her wannabe singer character Jocelyn.
While talking about the character, she told People, "I think that something about Jocelyn is just that she's a born and bred performer." At the sidelines of the Cannes Film Festival, the young star addressed a press conference and said, "I think that extends to every aspect of her life, not just her professional life. I think that the way that she dresses, for example, is her way of trying to tell you something all the time or say something to the people that she's around or express herself in some kind of way."
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'Revolutionary things are taken too far'
Lily-Rose further said, "And I also think that the occasional bareness of the character physically mirrors the bareness that we get to see emotionally in her." Director Levinson addressed the sexuality in the show as a reflection of American culture amid the influence of pornography on the ‘psyche of young people,’ "It's funny, I think that sometimes things that might be revolutionary are taken too far," he said.
Levinson further explained it to the reporters by saying, "I think we live in a very sexualized world. We see this in pop music and how it reflects the underbelly of the internet in some ways. I think that with this show and working with Lily, we had a lot of discussions about who she is as a person, who Jocelyn is as a person, what she's feeling, what she's angling, who she's playing to."
'Character that has such a strong sense of self'
The maker also reflected on why people are not able to accept her character for what it is, "There are two things that happen when you have a character that has such a strong sense of self and such a strong sexual sense, is you simultaneously end up underestimating her. Because you're not quite sure. ‘Well, why is she doing this? Why is she wearing this? Why is she singing about this?'"