- Florence Pugh said executives tried to change her image at the beginning of her career.
- The star was told to lose weight and change her ‘look’.
- Pugh initially thought her joining the film industry was a mistake.
‘Don’t Worry, Darling’ star Florence Pugh has quickly become a star on the planet with her roles in films such as ‘Outlaw King’, ‘Midsummer Night’, ‘Little Women’ and ‘Black Widow’ One of the most popular stars. But her career began in 2014, when she starred in Game of Thrones alum Maisie Williams’ “Fall.”
But after Pugh landed her first lead role, executives told her she needed to lose weight and change her image if she wanted to succeed. As the actor recalled her experience in the industry, she gave an interview to The Daily Telegraph.
The British star explained that when she was 19, she traveled to the US to audition for a new TV show and starred in the failed pilot “Studio City” as an aspiring musician. But the executives who made the series wanted her to change her appearance as part of the job.
“They’re trying to change everything about me — whether it’s my weight, my appearance, the shape of my face, the shape of my eyebrows — that’s not what I want to do, or the industry,” Pugh said. “I want to get in and work. .”
The actor felt like she knew what to expect after starring in “Fall,” but the stark contrast shocked her.
Pugh continued: “I thought the film industry would be like [my experience of making] ‘The Falling’, but actually, that’s what the top of the game looks like, and I feel like I made a huge mistake. “
The show never made it past the pilot stage, and Pugh returned to the UK, where she starred in William Aldroyd’s “Lady Macbeth,” which rekindled the actor’s love of movies.
She added: “It made me fall in love with movies again – that kind of movie is a space where you can be self-righteous and it’s loud, and I’ve stuck with that.”
Since then, Pugh’s career has flourished, most recently starring in Olivia Wilde’s “Don’t Worry Darling” with Harry Styles, Chris Pine, Gemma Chan and Nick Kroll. There were rumors that Pugh had a falling out with Wilde in the film over the director’s relationship with Styles, which reportedly culminated in a screaming match.
The star will next appear in Netflix’s period drama “Marvel,” as well as Christopher Nolan’s “Oppenheimer” and 2023’s “Dune: Part II.”