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‘Felt like I’ve made a terrible mistake’: Florence Pugh Says TV Shows Body-Shamed Her For Her Looks, Claims $210B US TV Industry isn’t Worth it

Florence Pugh

Florence Pugh has made quite a name for herself in the industry. With movies like Midsommar, Little Women, and Black Widow to her name, one can see just the kind of versatility she possesses. However, even she was not spared from the unrealistic beauty standards that Hollywood holds.

Florence Pugh.
Florence Pugh.

She recently let the world in on the unfair demands she faced during the early days of her acting career. The pressure was too much for her to take and she started having second thoughts about joining the industry. While the demands kept growing, Florence Pugh never once gave in to the pressure.

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Florence Pugh Does Not Give In

Florence Pugh in Don't Worry Darling (2022).
Florence Pugh in Don’t Worry Darling (2022).

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In a recent conversation with The Telegraph, Florence Pugh opened up about the unnecessary expectations set for her by the creators of a show she was selected in. The Don’t Worry Darling actress stated that since the show, Studio City, was going to be her first big break, she was extremely happy to be a part of it. She stated that she felt lucky and grateful to get the “top of the game”.  However, things soon turned sour for Pugh.

Pugh stated that not only was she expected to change the way she looked, but she was also expected to do all of it at the young age of nineteen.

“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.”

She further added that her earlier experience of acting on the sets of The Falling was quite pleasant and she believed that that is exactly what the big film business would be like. Pugh went on to say that she couldn’t have been more wrong as she thought she had made a “massive mistake.”

When the Pilot of the show wasn’t picked up for a series, Pugh returned to her homeland, deflated. She thought that the unpleasant experience was where her journey in the film industry ended. However, in mere two weeks, she landed an audition for Lady Macbeth, and the rest as we know is history.

Florence Pugh Remains as Confident as Ever

Florence Pugh Lady Macbeth
Florence Pugh in Lady Macbeth

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Pugh stated that the cinema that she fell in love with, all over again, came after Lady Macbeth, one where people can be loud and opinionated. She added that for the well-settled people in Hollywood, pushing newcomers around was way too easy.

“I think it’s far too easy for people in this industry to push you left and right. And I was lucky enough to discover when I was 19 what kind of a performer I wanted to be.”

In a 2018 interview with The Guardian, she opened up about her Studio City experience and stated that it is very easy for Hollywood to mold you into their expectations.

“If you go out not knowing what it is that you’re representing, and you are just a canvas, they will make you into the thing they need you to be.”

While Pugh faced challenges right at the beginning of her career, she has now reached immense heights in Hollywood. She is also an outspoken advocate for herself and the women in the industry.

One such incident is when she donned a sheer, bright pink Valentino gown for a Valentino fashion show in Rome. Of course, she found herself standing at the receiving end of criticism from people, just as she expected. She wasted no time and took to Instagram to clap back at the haters. In the post, she stated that she was proud to grow up in a household of strong, powerful, and curvy women and that she wouldn’t be paying attention to someone else’s opinion on how she should live.

Pugh is setting up some serious girl boss standards as she certainly won’t be up for a debate when it comes to her body and what she wears!

Source: The Telegraph

Written by Mishkaat Khan

Mishkaat is a medical student who found solace in content writing. Having worked in the industry for about three years, she has written about everything from medicine to literature and is now happy to enlight you about the world of entertainment. When not writing, she can be found obsessing over supernatural beings through books and TV.