Lily Rose-Depp Defends Explicit Scenes In HBO Show 'The Idol'
HBO's new show 'The Idol' is already making headlines as the first two episodes premiered at the ongoing Cannes Film Festival.
HBO's new show 'The Idol' is already making headlines as the first two episodes premiered at the ongoing Cannes Film Festival 2023. The show earned a five-minute standing ovation, however, it has also stirred up controversy for its explicit scenes. The Wrap, in its review, described the show as "luxury sleaze." For the unversed, 'The Idol' stars Lily-Rose Depp and Abel 'The Weeknd' Tesfaye. In the show, Abel Tesfaye is playing a cult leader who seduces an aspiring pop star, Jocelyn, played by Lily-Rose Depp.
“I think that something about Jocelyn is just that she’s a born and bred performer. I think that extends to every aspect of her life, not just her professional life," ETCanada quoted Lily-Rose Depp as saying.
“I think that the way that she dresses, for example, is her 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," she added.
Apart from The Weeknd and Lily-Rose Depp, the show also stars Dan Levy, Da’Vine Joy Randolph, Eli Roth, Hari Nef, Jane Adams, Jennie Ruby Jane, Mike Dean, Moses Sumney, Rachel Sennott, Ramsey, Suzanna Son, and Hank Azaria.
'The Idol' has been made by the creators of another HBO smash-hit 'Euphoria' starring Zendaya.
The show has also been created by Abel "The Weeknd" Tesfaye, Reza Fahim, and Sam Levinson.
The principal photography for the show began in November 2021 in and around Los Angeles, California.
The production was temporarily paused in April 2022 due to The Weeknd co-headlining the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival with Swedish House Mafia on short notice.