Florence Pugh Had To Overreact To Cover Up For Falling Asleep While Filming a Scene, Ended Up Being Reprimanded By the Director

Florence Pugh shared insight into the unintended on-set drama caused by her sleep.

Florence Pugh Had To Overreact To Cover Up For Falling Asleep While Filming a Scene, Ended Up Being Reprimanded By the Director

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  • Renowned for her versatility and captivating performances, actress Florence Pugh once fell asleep in the middle of a scene.
  • However, she somehow managed to improvise, interpreting the delayed, shaken waking as an intentional artistic decision.
  • Despite her efforts, the director was quick enough to detect the slip-up and gave her some notes for the next take of the scene.
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Renowned for her versatility and captivating performances, actress Florence Pugh has become one of the most remarkable performers in Hollywood. And as much as she loves acting and bringing new characters to life on-screen, Pugh fully enjoys her time on the film sets as well, as the actress has shared that she prefers to rest while surrounded by the crew rather than relapsing to her trailer.

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Florence Pugh in a still from Black Widow
Florence Pugh in a still from Black Widow

However, sometimes, she takes the comfort a little too far, leading her to fall asleep while filming a scene. The actress candidly shared the incident during an appearance on the Dish podcast, as she revealed that her impromptu theatrics did not go unnoticed by the director.

Florence Pugh Revealed She Fell Asleep While Filming

During an appearance on the Dish Podcast, actress Florence Pugh admitted that she loves bed scenes as she explained that they allow her to relax on set. She also shared that during breaks from filming, she prefers to rest amidst the hustle and bustle of the crew rather than seeking solitude in her trailer.

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Florence Pugh in a still from Midsommar
Florence Pugh in a still from Midsommar

“I actually will sleep best in a room full of people that are setting up for the next shot,” she said before adding, “I just lie there, and I have a full-on kip, and that’s when I sleep my best.” However, her comfort led to an unexpected incident during the filming of one of the scenes for the 2016 film Lady Macbeth.

She explained that in the scene, her character was meant to wake up and while filming the scene fell asleep for real. Upon realizing her blunder, Florence Pugh found herself in a moment of panic. However, she somehow managed to improvise, interpreting the delayed, shaken waking as an intentional artistic decision.

A still from Lady Macbeth
A still from Lady Macbeth

“My brain is like, ‘Oh shit, oh shit!’ and I wake up in a startle! I’m like, acting waking up,” she recalled. And despite her efforts to conceal her mishap, director William Oldroyd was quick enough to detect the slip-up and provided her with feedback for the next take of the scene.

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Director William Oldroyd Noticed Florence Pugh’s Slip-Up

Further into the conversation, Florence Pugh shared that although she tried her best to mask the fact that she had nodded off while filming one of the scenes, William Oldroyd, who directed Lady Macbeth, noticed the slip-up.

Florence Pugh in Lady Macbeth
Florence Pugh in Lady Macbeth

Pugh recounted how Oldroyd approached her afterward and suggested reducing the sleeping duration for the next take. “He [the director] calls cut and comes over like, “Yeah, good, good… So I think next time we’ll just shorten the sleeping bit,” Pugh explained.

The 2016 period drama featured Florence Pugh as Katherine Lester, a young woman troubled by her loveless marriage to a bitter man twice her age. The film, along with Pugh’s performance, earned positive reviews.

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Florence Pugh as Princess Irulan
Florence Pugh as Princess Irulan in Dune: Part Two.

The actress has recently been in conversations for starring in Christopher Nolan’s Oppenheimer and her role as Princess Irulan in the upcoming sci-fi film Dune: Part Two, which has received highly positive reviews ahead of its release.

Lady Macbeth is available to stream on Prime Video.

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Written by Laxmi Rajput

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Laxmi Rajput is a writer at Fandomwire. She finished her Post Graduation in Broadcast Journalism and worked as a Business News writer for a year. But her interest in entertainment and pop culture compelled her to find a way towards Entertainment Journalism. She has worked across various fields and has 2 years of experience in content writing. She likes reading, music, movies, and traveling. She aspires to become a fiction writer in the future.