Lily-Rose Depp: ‘I grew up in L.A., and I’m an L.A. girl, and so is Jocelyn’

I don’t really want to talk about HBO’s The Idol, especially since Rolling Stone did an article about what a catastrophe the show is, how the writing sucks, how the series isn’t some high-brow commentary on misogyny, it simply is misogynistic. Oh, and HBO poured money into The Idol too – they kept doing reshoots, re-edits and rewrites. Well, Lily Rose Depp and Abel Tesfaye (The Weeknd) cover W Magazine, because the show is supposed to be about the two of them. Only much like the show, Abel dominates what was supposed to be a dual interview. Some highlights:

Abel on closing down The Weeknd chapter: “I’m going through a cathartic path right now. It’s getting to a place and a time where I’m getting ready to close the Weeknd chapter. I’ll still make music, maybe as Abel, maybe as The Weeknd. But I still want to kill The Weeknd. And I will. Eventually. I’m definitely trying to shed that skin and be reborn.”

Lily-Rose on auditioning for the role: “I never thought I would get the part. I knew there would be many lovely ladies who are more musical than me, but I thought, I’ll give it a go.” Depp borrowed a tight pink satin skirt and a purple tank top from her mother, Vanessa Paradis. “I wanted to wear pop-star colors. And I wanted to channel a certain L.A. feeling. I grew up in L.A., and I’m an L.A. girl, and so is Jocelyn. I wanted to capture the style mix of mischief and shine.”

Lily-Rose’s inspo: “Of course I’m a Britney fan! Who doesn’t love Britney? But I was also thinking about Beyoncé, Mariah, and every huge pop star of our time. I wanted Jocelyn to be the kind of woman who can dominate a room, someone who doesn’t ever shy away from their sparkle.”

Lily-Rose wanted Jocelyn to be blonde: “As a blonde, Jocelyn could be good; she could be evil. You never know. I grew up watching older films, especially French films. Women like Brigitte Bardot have beauty mixed with an ‘I don’t give a f–k’ energy. I wanted that feeling for Jocelyn.”

Abel on playing the villain: “Who doesn’t want to play a villain? I’ve always been the antihero. In the beginning of my career, I didn’t show myself at all. I didn’t want to be famous. For the first two years, no one knew what I looked like.”

Sam Levinson on Abel’s pitch: “Abel came to us with a pitch. He said something that I’ll always remember: ‘If I wanted to start a cult, I could.’ What he meant is that his fans were so loyal and devoted that they would follow him anywhere. That was the germ of the idea for The Idol: what happens when a pop star falls for the wrong guy and no one speaks up.”

[From W Magazine]

This is all just reminding me of why I don’t watch Euphoria, honestly. At some point, Sam Levinson’s productions crossover from “commentary on exploitation” to “just plain exploitation.” Lily-Rose seems to believe that she’s promoting a show about a pop star in a bad relationship. Abel thinks he’s promoting a show where he’s the lead and it’s all about how he’s a charismatic villain, a cult-leader who can make this pop star do whatever he wants. I’m sure some people will watch it, but I won’t be one of them.

Covers courtesy of W Magazine.

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  1. Sarah says:


  2. girl_ninja says:

    Will Abel kill The Weeknd ‘s misogyny? He should start with that. As for Ms. Depp, Godspeed.

  3. Stef says:

    Watched the first episode and it was absolute garbage. While Lily Rose has charisma and is quite beautiful, she was dead behind the eyes like a medicated puppet.

    Abel was just terrible and dude should not try to act. He has a creepy drug dealer vibe that makes this whole show seem like a joke. The last scene was so WTF that I won’t watch any more.

  4. Southern Fried says:

    The trailer is horrendous. That’s more than enough for me.

  5. Kokiri says:

    Dan Levy must have the best publicist in the business.
    I haven’t seen one mention of his involvement. He’s not promoting it on his social media (that I have seen).
    He signed before the changes and likely couldn’t back out.

    As for LRD, she’s ridiculous. Pop star colours? Pink & purple? & just had to mention the clothes were her mom’s , because this girl is nothing without her parents.

    • Kitten says:

      Mischief and Shine! Beauty and an IDGAF attitude!

      The utter, mind-numbing banality that is this young woman smdh…

      • Twin Falls says:

        “As a blonde, Jocelyn could be good; she could be evil. You never know.”
        😂 And here I was thinking you could definitively know someone by the color of their hair.

      • BeanieBean says:

        @Twin Falls: Only her hairdresser knows for sure!

  6. Steph says:

    Euphoria doesn’t feel like exploitation to me at all and the two lockdown episodes were incredible.
    That being said… Have you seen The Weeknd’s Earned It video? I’ll give The Idol’s first episode a view to form my own opinion but I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s just straight up exploitation.

    • Zazzoo says:

      Came to say this. I have mixed feelings about the treatment of Sydney Sweeney’s character, but there’s nothing at all exploitative about Zendaya’s and Hunter’s storylines (combined and individual). I have a friend who won’t watch because it reminds her too much of her daughter’s struggle with addiction (also stemming from family doctors overprescribing pills to a preteen), but that’s how raw Zendaya’s performance is. Absolutely soul crushing.

  7. Jess says:

    Do not care for this girl. I wonder how long she’ll last once she’s over 28.

  8. j.ferber says:

    Why is she trying so hard to make herself happen? I’ve never seen or heard her brother clamoring for attention this way.

  9. TeamMeg says:

    Not sure what age group is the intended fan base for Lily-Rose. Fourteen year-olds? Tweens? Also: I thought she grew up in France?

    • Cletly says:

      Strange. I remember how she was always hospitalized for medical issues when she was little and it was definitely here in Europe.

      But she knows better than us I guess.

      • BeanieBean says:

        That’s my recollection, too, that Depp & Paradis lived in France when the kids were little.

  10. Stelly says:

    I watched out of morbid curiosity and it made me feel so icky! Also Abel has zero charisma. Not sure if this new acting chapter’s going to pan out for him.

  11. Kitten says:

    They both come across as stupid yet somehow completely pretentious? Lily-Rose sounds like a nepo baby who’s desperate to be taken seriously as an actress. Yet the way she describes her character sounds so cliché, derivative, and uninspired.
    And Abel just comes across as a narcissist who’s very much up his own ass.

    I’ve only seen one trailer and honestly, these two can’t act their way out of a paper bag.
    I get that some people don’t like Euphoria because of Levinson but the acting saves the show for me and these two def don’t have the talent to save this shit show.

  12. samipup says:

    Abel sounds just like a cult leader in his interview. Red flag🚩.

  13. Peanut Butter says:

    I’ve lampooned and criticized Lily Rose Depp in the past but don’t feel okay about that anymore. Despite her immense privilege, going through through babyhood, childhood and teenage years with a drug-addicted rage monster of a father had to be traumatizing on multiple occasions and perhaps developmentally over time. No matter how fun and loving (?) he could have been on occasion, she surely saw him at his worst other times. Perhaps, considering her past, she’s doing remarkably well. And perhaps she’s struggling, too, underneath that very pretty exterior. I hope Vanessa was a good-enough, sufficiently healthy mom, but given how long she stayed with Depp and his excesses, I wonder if that was possible.

    • Normades says:

      I think she and Johnny must be estranged and made a pact not to talk about the other. They were in Cannes at the exact same time and their paths never crossed. He didn’t support her film and she didn’t support his.

  14. Spillthattea says:

    Didn’t finish the episode because it was so gross I had to go shower.

  15. Nicegirl says:

    I love LA girls

  16. J.Ferber says:

    Peanut Butter, I liked your very compassionate, insightful take on Depp. Much better than my dismissive nepo-hating take. A thought: her mother was a singer. Maybe Lily would find more success in music?

  17. Vi says:

    I watched the first episode of “the idol” Honestly, that’s how Hollywood looks in the year 2023. The way the cast is acting is what you will find. Its a lot of people that make you think “how did they get this job”. One of the characters says the dancers look like a high school production of “rent”. That’s what they look like. Then You got some guy trying to be mysterious and deep, you will find that in spades.

    I agree whole heartedly about euphoria. I think they detailed living with an addict and getting caught up in the drug scene really well. If they would’ve ended at the first season it would’ve been a learning tool. I tried to watch 1 episode of the second season and just turned it off. I also don’t like the acting.