- Florence Pugh says management tried to change her image early in her career.
- The star was told to lose weight and change her “look.”
- Pugh initially thought he had made a mistake by joining the film industry.
“Don’t Worry Darling” star Florence Pugh has quickly become one of the most famous stars on the planet thanks to her role in such things as “Outlaw King,” “Midsommar,” “Little Women,” and “Black Widow.” But her career took off in 2014 when she starred in “The Falling” opposite “Game of Thrones” alum Maisie Williams.
But after Pugh landed her first leading role, she was told by executives that she needed to lose weight and change her image if she wanted to be successful. The actor spoke to The Telegraph when he recalled his experience starting in the industry.
The British star explained that when he was 19 he went to the United States to audition for new television shows, and was cast in the failed pilot, “Studio City,” as an aspiring singer. But the bosses working on the series wanted her to change her look as part of the job.
Pugh said: “All the things they tried to change about me – whether it was my weight, my looks, the shape of my face, the shape of my eyebrows – it wasn’t what I wanted to do, or the business. I wanted to work.”
The actress felt like she knew what to expect after starring in “The Falling,” but the big difference surprised her.
Pugh continued: “I thought the film industry would be like that [my experience of making] ‘Falling,’ but really, this was what looked like the top of the game, and I felt I made a big mistake. “
The show did not pass the pilot stage and Pugh returned to the UK, where he landed the main role in William Oldroyd’s “Lady Macbeth,” which rekindled the actor’s love for the film.
He added: “That made me fall in love with cinema – the kind of cinema that was a place where you could have an opinion, and be loud, and I stuck to that.”
Pugh’s career has flourished since then, most recently starring Olivia Wilde in “Don’t Worry Darling” alongside Harry Styles, Chris Pine, Gemma Chan, and Nick Kroll. Rumors swirled that Pugh clashed with Wilde on the film over the director’s relationship with Styles, which reportedly ended in a shouting match.
The star will next be seen in the Netflix period drama, “Miracle,” along with Christopher Nolan’s “Oppenheimer” and “Dune: Part Two” in 2023.