The upcoming HBO series The Idol starring Lily-Rose Depp is talking openly about the icons that influenced her pop star persona.
"Of course, there are so many incredible pop stars of today that I have nothing but admiration and respect for — and of course, you can't help but thinking of when you think of a character like Jocelyn — but we're definitely not telling anybody else's story or trying to base her on any real person," the 23-year-old actress told Entertainment Tonight.
Although her portrayal wasn't based on a real person, Depp said she was inspired by another infamously contentious performance.
"We actually drew from a lot of other influences that are not pop stars," she continued. "We thought a lot about Sharon Stone in Basic Instinct and the Gene Tierneys and Lauren Bacalls... all of these women that were very inspiring to me for the role."
The series was co-created by Abel, The Weeknd , Tesfaye and Sam Levinson, who is best known for the films Euphoria and Assassination Nation and opposite Johnny Depp in it. The Idol had its Cannes Film Festival premiere earlier this week despite accusations of purported creative conflicts and hostile work circumstances.
In an interview with People magazine from earlier this year, Depp lauded Levinson's collaborative style and the series' new direction.
"Sam is, for so many reasons, the best director I have ever worked with," she said at the time. "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 continued. "He hires people whose work he esteems and has always created an environment in which I felt seen, heard, and appreciated."