Lily-Rose Depp recently opened up about her experience working with The Weeknd, aka Abel Tesfaye, on the set of the highly anticipated HBO series, “The Idol.”
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, The Idols’ leading young actress revealed that she would sometimes avoid The Weeknd when he was in character as Tedros, a self-help guru and leader of a modern-day cult.
Depp emphasized that while nobody on set went “full method,” The Weeknd’s intense dedication to his role would sometimes put him in his zone. She described the atmosphere as lighthearted, filled with laughter, music, and dancing.
Depp’s comments come amidst reports of a potentially toxic environment during the show’s production, which both she and The Weeknd have vehemently denied.
Tesfaye himself has also discussed the challenges he faced while portraying Tedros. In a previous interview with W magazine, he explained how transitioning between his music persona and the character took a toll on him. He revealed that he even lost his voice after shooting scenes as Tedros, impacting a concert he performed shortly after filming.
Despite the rumors and controversy surrounding the series, Depp dismissed claims of a negative working environment, stating that her experience shooting “The Idol” was positive and not reflective of the reports. The show boasts a star-studded cast, including Dan Levy, Eli Roth, Rachel Sennott, and Hank Azaria, among others.
Additionally, The Weeknd has been teasing the series’ soundtrack, sharing rare collaborations such as “Popular” with Madonna and Playboi Carti and “Double Fantasy” with Future.
With the talented duo of Lily-Rose Depp and The Weeknd at the forefront, “The Idol” promises an intriguing and captivating viewing experience that will delve into the world of a modern-day cult and its complex relationships.