Florence Pugh shared in a new interview with The Telegraph that when she was 19 and cast as a pop star in a television series in Los Angeles, she was told that she needed to alter her appearance majorly for the role.
“All the things that they were trying to change about me — whether it was my weight, my look, the shape of my face, the shape of my eyebrows — that was so not what I wanted to do, or the industry I wanted to work in,” Florence said. “I’d thought the film business would be like [my experience of making] The Falling, but actually, this was what the top of the game looked like, and I felt I’d made a massive mistake.”
The series was never picked up, so Florence went back to England and was eventually cast in Lady Macbeth, which really got her noticed and jump-started her movie stardom. “That 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’ve stuck by that,” Florence told The Telegraph.
“I think it’s far too easy for people in this industry to push you left and right,” she added. “And I was lucky enough to discover when I was 19 what kind of a performer I wanted to be.”
Since then, Florence Pugh starred opposite Michael Shannon and Alexander Skarsgård in the 2018 miniseries The Little Drummer Girl and as Amy March in 2019’s Little Women (which earned her the Oscar nomination), and she also appears as Yelena Belova, a.k.a. Black Widow, in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Up next, she stars in the Netflix film The Wonder, which drops on the streaming service on November 16. Next year, Florence Pugh will appear in the Christopher Nolan film Oppenheimer and will reunite with Little Women costar Timothée Chalamet in Dune: Part 2. All those credits and impeccable eyebrows.