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

  • Florence Pugh says managers tried to change her image early in her career.
  • The star was told to lose weight and change her “look”.
  • Pugh initially thought she had made a mistake joining the film industry.

Florence Pugh, star of “Don’t Worry, Darling,” quickly became one of the most popular stars on the planet thanks to roles like “Outlaw King,” “Midsommar,” “Little Women,” and “Black Widow.” However, her career began already in 2014, when she starred in the film “The Falling” alongside “Game of Thrones” alum Maisie Williams.

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But when Pugh landed her first leading role, executives told her she needed to lose weight and change her image if she wanted to succeed. The actress spoke to The Telegraph as she recalled her early experiences in the industry.

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 “Studio City” pilot as an aspiring musician. But the executives working on the series wanted her to change her appearance 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 wasn’t what I wanted to do or the industry. I wanted to work.”

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The actress felt she knew what to expect after starring in “The Falling,” but the stark contrast was shocking to her.

Pugh continued, “I thought the movie business was going to be like that [my experience of making] “The Falling,” but that’s actually what the climax of the game looked like, and I felt like I made a huge 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.

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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 unyielding and loud, and I stuck to that.”

Pugh’s career has since flourished, most recently starring in Olivia Wilde’s “Don’t Worry Darling” alongside Harry Styles, Chris Pine, Gemma Chan and Nick Kroll. Pugh was rumored to have argued with Wilde in the film over 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.


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