The Idol season one spoilers follow.
The Idol creator Sam Levinson has explained how The Weeknd’s character “became the victim” in the series.
The controversial HBO show stars Lily-Rose Depp – the daughter of Johnny Depp and Vanessa Paradis – as Jocelyn, a troubled pop star who falls in love with a cult leader Tedros, played by The Weeknd.
The fifth episode, titled ‘Jocelyn Forever’, revealed that she was in control the entire time – despite leading everyone to believe she was being manipulated by Tedros.
During a segment about the making of the finale, which aired on Sunday (July 2), Depp explained: “Jocelyn is a very calculated and strategic person.
“She knows exactly what she wants and she’ll stop at nothing to get it. Tedros was her muse and she got what she needed out of him.”
The show’s creator Levinson offered further insight, as he revealed: “Throughout the season, Jocelyn has been searching for inspiration.
“She’s looking to go to an uncomfortable place, and it’s just ultimately looking for that next song, that next album. Tedros becomes the conduit for that creative unlocking.”
Levinson also noted that Jocelyn “needs to devour those around her to feel like she has something to say,” adding that Tedros has actually “become the victim”.
Depp recently opened up about the creative freedom she gained by being allowed to improvise many of her scenes.
Speaking to Vogue Australia about the series, the actress shared: “My favourite thing ever was going on set and being like, ‘I’m not actually sure what this scene’s about, I’m not sure what this scene’s going to be. We might just improvise the whole thing, or not.’
“I really like that spontaneity and that was something I learned about myself shooting, that’s something that really works for me. I like being kept on my toes, creatively, that way.”
The Idol is available to stream on NOW.