How Lily Rose-Depp Really Feels About 'The Idol' Director Sam Levinson
The actress is getting candid about the alleged production rumors.
Lily Rose-Depp is opening up about how she feels about director Sam Levinson.
The actress, 23, is sticking up for The Idol director, 38, following a Rolling Stone report that production on the upcoming HBO series–which stars Depp–has allegedly gone "off the rails" with scripts that contain "disturbing sexual and physically violent scenes."
"Sam is, for so many reasons, the best director I have ever worked with," Depp said of the Euphoria creator in a statement shared with E! News.
"Never have I felt more supported or respected in a creative space, my input and opinions more valued. Working with Sam is a true collaboration in every way—it matters to him, more than anything, not only what his actors think about the work, but how we feel performing it," she said, adding that Levinson "hires people whose work he esteems and has always created an environment in which I felt seen, heard and appreciated."
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Depp stars alongside co-creator of the series and musical artist The Weeknd, who also spoke out against the alleged production rumors, sharing a snippet of the show where the two stars refuse to appear on the cover of Rolling Stone–the same outlet that reported the news.
"@RollingStone did we upset you?" The Weeknd wrote.
The new music industry drama series began shooting in Nov. 2021 with Amy Seimetz running the project. She ultimately left the series in April 2022 due to a new creative direction, allowing Levinson to take over.
In addition to Depp's sentiments, HBO also released a statement, writing, "The creators and producers of The Idol have been working hard to create one of HBO's most exciting and provocative original programs."
"The initial approach on the show and production of the early episodes, unfortunately, did not meet HBO standards so we chose to make a change," the network added.
"Throughout the process, the creative team has been committed to creating a safe, collaborative and mutually respectful working environment, and last year, the team made creative changes they felt were in the best interest of both the production and the cast and crew. We look forward to sharing The Idol with audiences soon," they concluded.
Fans can stream The Idol on HBO sometime in 2023.