Hollywood’s Most Promising Actress: What We Know About Oscar Nominee and Rising Star Florence Pugh
24-year-old British actress Florence Pugh has not yet gained wide popularity, but has already managed to attract the attention of not only viewers, but also film critics. This year, she was among the nominees for the Oscar – the actress is presented in the category "Best Supporting Actress" for her role in the film "Little Women" (Little Women). Before that, she also had several notable roles that brought her fame and opened the way to Hollywood. On the eve of the main film award of the world, we get to know her better.
Biography and education
Florence Pugh was born on January 3, 1996 in Oxford. Her father Clinton was in the restaurant business, and her mother Deborah, a professional ballerina, taught choreography. She spent three years of her childhood in Andalusia, Spain, where she attended school in Sotogrande. The Pugh family was forced to move to the south of Europe – the girl suffered from asthma, and her parents decided that the warm climate would help her cope with the disease.
Florence Pugh with her father, Toby’s brother Sebastian and sister Raffaella
Then the family returned to England, and Florence continued her education at the private Wychwood School, and then entered St. Edward’s School, Oxford, whose graduates were Emilia Clarke and Laurence Olivier.
Florence Pugh (far right) with her mother, sister Arabella and brother Toby Sebastian
Florence has an older brother, Toby Sebastian, who starred in the TV series Game of Thrones as Tristan Martell, and two sisters: older Arabella Gibbins and younger Raphaella Pugh, who also connected life with the acting profession.
Toby Sebastian in Game of Thrones
Florence Pugh with sister Rafaella (left), brother Toby Sebastian and sister Arabella Gibbins
Florence made her film debut in 2014 when she was 18 years old, starring in The Falling with Game of Thrones star Maisie Williams.
Florence Pugh and Maisie Williams in The Fall
She got her first role, being completely unknown. Watching her older brother go through numerous auditions and rarely receive offers, she felt out of place and was not sure that she could even become an actress.
she recalls. So, a few days later, she received an email in which the director told her that he wanted to meet her.
In the mystical film, she played a pupil of a boarding school named Abby, who suddenly begins to faint, and then dies after another such attack. Success was not long in coming – critics praised the actress’s performance, and soon she was invited to the United States to shoot in the television series Studio City, where she starred with Heather Graham and Eric McCormack.
she shared her impressions.
Alas, the project did not last long, and it was closed.
Florence Pugh in the series Marcella
Another picture with the participation of Florence was the British film "Lady Macbeth" (Lady Macbeth) – an adaptation of the story of the Russian classic Nikolai Leskov "Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District", in which she starred. The picture, in which Pugh played a girl named Katherine, who married an unloved man twice her age and then fell in love with a young farm worker, won the San Sebastian Film Festival and received the European Film Academy Award, as well as several nominations for other prestigious awards.
However, the film received mixed reviews. Some puritans criticized the actress for being too naked in the frame, and accused her of trying to build a career thanks to such scenes.
Florence Pugh in Lady Macbeth
Florence Pugh in Lady Macbeth
Pugh herself said that she liked to act nude, because it was thanks to these scenes that she was able to become more confident in herself.
Among her other notable film credits are the series Marcella, The Little Drummer, and the films Midsommar and The Commuter.
Florence Pugh and Jack Reynor in Solstice
Last year, Greta Gerwig directed The Little Women, in which she starred with Saoirse Ronan, Emma Watson, Meryl Streep, Laura Dern, Timothée Chalamet and other stars.
Emma Watson, Florence Pugh, Saoirse Ronan and Eliza Scanlen in Little Women
In the film, based on the novel by American writer Louisa May Alcott, Florence played one of the Merch sisters, Amy.
explained her choice for the role of Amy Gerwig.
Saoirse Ronan, Greta Gerwig and Florence Pugh
Timothée Chalamet, Saoirse Ronan, Florence Pugh and Greta Gerwig
For this role, Pugh was nominated for an Oscar.
she commented on her nomination.
Timothée Chalamet and Florence Pugh in Little Women
And on Instagram, she shared two funny pictures showing her joyful emotions. One was made shortly before she learned about the nomination, and the second – after.
The competition for the actress is more than serious: for the award, she will compete with Scarlett Johansson, Laura Dern, Margot Robbie and Kathy Bates.
This year, another film with the participation of Florence Pugh will be released – the superhero film "Black Widow" (Black Widow), which also starred Scarlett Johansson, Rachel Weisz, David Harbour, and other stars.
she shared her impressions.
Florence Pugh in Black Widow
Florence has an incredible acting talent – almost all critics agree on this. She is tipped to have a great film career and talk about her incredible acting flair. In 2018, she was nominated for a BAFTA award in the Rising Star category, but then she failed to win: Daniel Kaluuya became the winner.
In reviews of the film "Lady Macbeth", critics as one note her charisma and skill, as if she has been in the cinema for many years, and she already has dozens of works behind her.
— film critics wrote in their reviews of the film.
Florence Pugh in Fighting My Family
Writer and director Ari Astaire, who directed the film "Solstice", noted that the actress has some elusive qualities that cannot be taught.
The actress herself considers her mentor Emma Thompson, whom she met on the set of the film "King Lear" (King Lear).
Florence Pugh and Emma Thompson
Saoirse Ronan, Laura Dern and Florence Pugh in Little Women
Florence Pugh is dating Scrubs star Zach Braff, 44. The couple has yet to publicly confirm their romance — they don’t appear in public together — but they were seen holding hands while walking in New York in April last year.
The age difference with her beloved Florence, apparently, does not bother. When a subscriber of the actress, having seen Zach’s comment from her, pointed out his age (“you are 44 years old"), Florence replied something like this:
she stood up for her boyfriend.
At the premiere of "Little Women" in December last year, they were both present, but posed separately.
Under what circumstances and when Florence and Zach met is unknown, but given that they move in the same environment, they probably met through work or mutual acquaintances.
1 Florence loves Yorkshire tea and always carries it with her.
she joked in an interview.
2 The actress is very close to her grandmother Pat and often spends her free time with her.
Pugh says about her.
Florence Pugh with her grandmother
3 Pugh and her Little Women co-stars have a group chat. It’s called Big Chicks. The actresses became very close while working on the film, and they were united, according to rumors, by their love for the well-known American burger chain Wendy’s.
Saoirse Ronan and Florence Pugh
4 Florence is not only an actress, but also a talented musician. She writes music, plays the guitar and piano. Videos with her covers can be easily found on YouTube.
5 The actress is often compared to Kate Winslet – both because of the resemblance and because of her pronounced talent.
Florence Pugh/Kate Winslet
6 Florence is on Instagram. She admitted that social networks have always been something of a joke and entertainment for her. But then she turned her attention to their negative side.
7 Florence is close friends with Timothée Chalamet. She even gave him a nickname – Timothy Shalamala-bing-bong. They spend time not only on the set, but also outside of it, for example, they go to football together. At the same time, there was never a romantic relationship between them.