- Florence Pugh says that directors tried to change her image early in her career.
- The star was told to lose weight and change his “look.”
- Pugh initially thought he had made a mistake by joining the film industry.
“Don’t Worry Darling” star Florence Pugh quickly became one of the most popular stars in the world thanks to her roles in the likes of “Outlaw King,” “Midsommar,” “Little Women,” and “Black Widow.” But his career began way back in 2014 when he starred in “The Falling” opposite “Game of Thrones” alum Maisie Williams.
But after Pugh got her first job, she was told by the authorities that she needed to lose weight and change her shape if she wanted to succeed. The actor spoke to The Telegraph where he recalled his experiences starting in the industry.
The British star explained that when he was 19 years old he went to the United States to audition for TV shows, and was cast in the failed pilot, “Studio City,” as an aspiring singer. But the officials working on the project wanted him to change his appearance as part of the project.
Pugh said: “All the things they were trying to change about me – be it my weight, my looks, the shape of my face, the shape of my eyebrows – that’s not what I wanted to do, or the industry. I wanted to work.”
The actress felt like she knew what to expect after starring in “The Falling,” but the big difference scared her.
Pugh continued: “I thought the movie business would do it [my experience of making] ‘Falling,’ but really, this is what the game looked like, and I felt that I made a big mistake. “
The show never got past the pilot stage and Pugh returned to the UK, where he took the lead role in William Oldroyd’s “Lady Macbeth”, which rekindled the love of the film actress.
He added: “That got me interested in cinema again – the cinema genre was a place where you could have ideas, and sound, and I stuck to that.”
Pugh’s career has flourished since then, most recently starring in Olivia Wilde’s “Don’t Worry Darling” alongside Harry Styles, Chris Pine, Gemma Chan, and Nick Kroll. Rumors circulated that Pugh had a falling out with Wilde on the film over the director’s relationship with Styles, which reportedly resulted in a shouting match.
The star will next appear in Netflix’s period drama, “The Wonder,” as well as Christopher Nolan’s “Oppenheimer” and “Dune: Part Two” in 2023.