- Florence Pugh says managers 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 she had made a mistake by joining the film industry.
“Don’t Worry Darling” star Florence Pugh has quickly become one of the hottest stars on the planet thanks to her roles in the likes of “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 succeed. The actor spoke to The Telegraph as she recalled her experiences starting out in the industry.
The British star explained that when she was 19, she went to the United States to audition for new TV shows, and is in the failed pilot, “Studio City,” as an aspiring musician. But the executives 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 was so not what I wanted to do, or the industry I wanted to work in.”
The actor felt she knew what to expect after starring in “The Falling,” but the stark contrast was shocking to her.
Pugh went on to say, “I thought the movie industry would be [my experience of making] ‘The Falling’, but really that was what the pinnacle of the game looked like, and I felt like I made a big mistake.”
The show never got past the pilot stage and Pugh returned to the UK, where she landed the lead role in William Oldroyd’s “Lady Macbeth”, rekindling the actor’s love of film.
She added: “It made me fall back in love with cinema – the kind of cinema that was a space where you could be opinionated and loud, and I stuck with it.”
Pugh’s career has flourished since then and recently starred alongside Harry Styles, Chris Pine, Gemma Chan and Nick Kroll in Olivia Wilde’s “Don’t Worry Darling.” Rumors swirled that Pugh clashed with Wilde on the film due to the director’s relationship with Styles, which reportedly culminated in a shouting match.
The star will next be seen in Netflix’s period drama “The Wonder,” as well as Christopher Nolan’s “Oppenheimer” and “Dune: Part Two” in 2023.