Zach Braff and Florence Pugh ended their romantic union of 3 years in the latter half of 2022. The couple first met on the set of In The Time It Takes To Get There, an 11-minute Adobe short film directed by Braff and starring Pugh, which was released on April 3, 2019. They kept their relationship under wraps for more than a year before The Wonder star revealed the details in an interview in 2020.
The couple was criticized by the public for their 21-year age gap which Pugh gracefully defended in an Instagram video. But their fairytale romance was not to be as the lovers went their separate ways in 2022. Despite their breakup, the exes maintained an amicable friendship with Florence Pugh starring in A Good Person written and directed by Zach Braff which was released on 24th March 2023.
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A Good Person Does not Light up the Box Office
Despite ending their romantic relationship, Zack Braff and Florence Pugh have put aside their past to work professionally in A Good Person which is written and directed by Braff. The film follows the life of a young and bright woman with a seemingly perfect life that crumbles due to an unimaginable tragedy leading to opioid addiction and unresolved grief. The film which was written by Braff during the pandemic has opened to mediocre responses in theaters, leaving critics and audiences unimpressed. To quote Peter Bradshaw of The Guardian,
“In his dual capacity as writer and director, Zach Braff here puts us through an ordeal of excruciating contrived nonsense: a masturbatory Calvary of ersatz empathy and emotional wellness”.
To add salt to the wound, the film debuted with only a 50 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes which is one of the first barometers that audiences look at to gauge the success of a film. The lukewarm responses over the opening weekend are a worrying sign for Florence Pugh as well. The talented actor was at the center of controversy with Olivia Wilde during Don’t Worry Darling when she accused Wilde who was the director of the film, of reducing her role to only s*x scenes. After a tumultuous time, Pugh would have hoped to erase these memories with a positive response to A Good Person which unfortunately did not happen.
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Zack Braff has Only Good Things to Say About Florence Pugh
Zach Braff’s directorial A Good Person featuring his ex-girlfriend Florence Pugh may not have set the box office on fire. But that hasn’t stopped the former couple from maintaining an amiable relationship on and off set despite their breakup. Stating that Pugh was influential in creating the script, Braff said,
“I’m just in awe of her talent and I said, ‘I wanna write this for Florence. What I’m writing is gonna be challenging and she’s incredible.”
Florence Pugh too has reciprocated the feelings and lauded the Scrubs star during an interview for Good Morning America saying,
”Zach has written a fantastic script that matches how we deal with times of sadness”
The heartfelt support that both stars have lent to each other has resulted in some favorable reviews, with a few critics praising the film and its hard-hitting realism.
A Good Person is currently playing in theatres.
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