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“It was like discovering a young Kate Winslet”: Florence Pugh Gave Casting Agents Goosebumps During Her First Audition at 18

Florence Pugh Gave Casting Agents Goosebumps During Her First Audition at 18

Florence Pugh became an overnight sensation in the industry after her breakthrough performance in Carol Morley’s The falling which launched the career of the actress, who since then has starred in many critically acclaimed movies.

Although the actress has received heaps of praise for her acting ability over the years, the biggest compliment she received was from her audition days for the role in Carol Morley’s movie, with the casting agents perceiving the 18-year-old as the new Kate Winslet.

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Carol Morley with Maisie Williams and Florence Pugh
Carol Morley with Maisie Williams and Florence Pugh.

Carol Morley recalls Florence Pugh’s incredible performance during The Falling

Florence Pugh got her big break by starring in Carol Morley’s The Falling, whose idea arrived in the director’s mind while she was on a call with her friend. The film imagines a story set up in a strict English girls’ school in 1969, which focuses on the friendship between damaged Lydia (Maisie Williams) and her more s*xually experienced best friend Abbie (Florence Pugh).

The director’s film went on to garner great reviews and even compared to classics such as Picnic at Hanging Rock and Heavenly Creatures, leading to an interesting analogy as the latter film launched the career of Kate Winslet. The director then recalls Florence Pugh’s acting audition for the movie by saying,

“After you left the room I said, ‘Oh wow’, All the casting people were really quiet and I just said, ‘Do you not think she’s amazing?’ And they all went, ‘We’ve got goosebumps, that was like a young Kate Winslet walking into the room.”

After the movie, both the actress and the director rose to success, as Pugh went on to make a substantial name for herself in the industry while Carol Morley assured future funding for her upcoming movies after her breakthrough movie at 49.

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Carol Morley's The Falling
Carol Morley’s The Falling

Florence Pugh ridicules the claim of being the new Kate Winslet

After her illustrious performance in The falling, her career launched in the right direction, and went on to garner recognition after winning the British Independent film award for her astounding role of a young bride in the drama Lady Macbeth.

After her performance in The Falling, the casting agents have shared extensive praise for her performance and even perceived the Lady Macbeth actress as the new Kate Winslet. But the actress was shocked by this comparison and doesn’t claim it to be true as she sees Kate Winslet as her idol. She further expressed the situation by stating,

“The Kate Winslet thing has been a shocker. I was like, that is the most ridiculous claim. Amazing. She’s been my idol since I re-enacted ‘Titanic’ and fell in love with Leo. And it’s a privilege to be called the next anything. But I suppose to be the next you is all you can do”

Florence Pugh
Florence Pugh

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Florence Pugh has become one of the most grounded stars in Hollywood and has hopped from job to job, providing brilliant performances with every role she is assigned to and has come a long way since her debut in the British indie mystery and earned mainstream success with her recent role of Yelena Belova in the MCU.

The Falling is now streaming on Hulu.

Source: The Guardian

 

Written by Santanu Roy

Santanu Roy is a film enthusiast with a deep love for the medium of animation while also being obsessed with Batman and The Everly Brothers. Apart from pursuing animation and analyzing movies, he possesses a deep fondness for narrative-driven games and is currently a content writer at Fandomwire with over 100 articles.