‘Don’t Worry Darling’ Star Florence Pugh Was Told to Lose Weight

  • Florence Pugh says executives 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 joining the film industry.

Don’t Worry Darling star Florence Pugh has quickly become one of the most recognizable stars on the planet thanks to her roles in 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 when she recalled her early experiences in the industry.

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The British star explained that when she was 19, she headed to the United States to audition for new TV shows and was cast 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 were trying to change about me – whether it was 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”.

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The actor felt like he knew what to expect after starring in The Falling, but the stark contrast was shocking to him.

Pugh went on to say, “I thought the movie business was going to be like that [my experience of making] “The Falling,” but actually, that was what it looked like at the top of the game, and I felt like I made a big mistake.”

The show never got past the pilot stage and Pugh returned to the UK, where he landed the lead role in William Oldroyd’s Lady Macbeth, which rekindled the actor’s love of film.

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She added: “It made me fall in love with cinema again – the kind of cinema that was a space where you could be opinionated, and loud, and I stuck with that.”

Pugh’s career has blossomed since then, most recently starring in Olivia Wilde’s Don’t Worry Darling alongside Harry Styles, Chris Pine, Gemma Chan and Nick Kroll. Rumors spread that Pugh fell out with Wilde on the film over the director’s relationship with Styles, which reportedly culminated in a screaming match.

The star will next be seen in Netflix’s period drama The Wonder, as well as Oppenheimer and Christopher Nolan’s Dune: Part Two in 2023.


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