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

  • Florence Pugh says officials tried to change her image early in her career.
  • The star was told to lose weight and change her “look”.
  • At first Pugh believed she had made a mistake entering the film industry.

“Don’t Worry Darling” star Florence Pugh has quickly become one of the most popular stars on the planet thanks to her roles in the likes of “Outlaw King,” “Midsommar,” “Little Women,” and “Black Widow.” But her career started way back in 2014 when she starred in “The Falling” opposite “Game of Thrones” alum Maisie Williams.

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But after Pugh landed her first major 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 experiences starting 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 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 work.

Pugh said: “Everything they were trying to change about me – whether it was my weight, my looks, the shape of my face, the shape of my eyes – that’s not what I wanted to do, or the business. I wanted to work there.”

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

Pugh continued: “I thought the film industry would be similar [my experience of making] ‘The Falling,’ but really, this was what the top of the game looked like, and I felt like I made a big mistake.

The show did not pass the pilot stage and Pugh returned to the UK, where she got the lead role in William Oldroyd’s “Lady Macbeth”, which brought back the actor’s love of film.

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She said: “That made me fall back in love with cinema – the kind of cinema that was a place where you could be opinionated, and loud, and I’ve stuck to that.”

Pugh’s career has been successful since then, most recently appearing in Olivia Wilde’s “Don’t Worry Darling” alongside Harry Styles, Chris Pine, Gemma Chan, and Nick Kroll. There were rumors that Pugh clashed with Wilde on the film due to the director’s relationship with Styles, which reportedly ended in a screaming 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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