‘Oppenheimer’ Star Florence Pugh Was Forced to Lose Weight, Change Her Face and Eyebrows When She Was only 19 Years Old

‘Oppenheimer’ Star Florence Pugh Was Forced to Lose Weight, Change Her Face and Eyebrows When She Was only 19 Years Old
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Florence Pugh, a talented actress, has achieved remarkable success in the entertainment industry. Known for her captivating performances, she quickly became a favorite of critics and audiences after her standout role in the 2016 film Lady Macbeth. Her raw talent and ability to immerse herself in diverse roles earned her numerous accolades, solidifying her position as one of Hollywood’s brightest young stars.

Florence Pugh in Oppenheimer premiere
Florence Pugh in Oppenheimer premiere

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However, behind her rise to stardom lies a lesser-known story of adversity she faced early in her career. At the age of 19, Pugh experienced pressure to conform to unrealistic beauty standards, including weight loss, appearance alterations, and eyebrow changes. Her journey in the entertainment world highlights the harsh realities that young actors often encounter, particularly regarding beauty standards and the pressure to conform.


A Glimpse into the Early Struggles

In an interview with The Telegraph, Florence Pugh shared a personal story from her past when she was 19 and had been chosen to play a pop star in a Los Angeles TV show Studio City. As Florence Pugh stepped into the limelight, she encountered the harsh realities of an industry that often prioritizes superficial appearances over genuine talent. Faced with the pressure to fit into preconceived notions of beauty, Pugh was urged to lose weight and undergo cosmetic changes. Additionally, she was asked to modify her eyebrows, a feature that had become a part of her distinctive identity.

Florence Pugh was asked to modify eyebrows
Florence Pugh was asked to modify her eyebrows

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“I felt very lucky and grateful, and couldn’t believe that I had got this top-of-the-game job … (But) 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 said. Florence admitted that she felt uncomfortable when the negative comments started.

Florence Pugh’s Journey in Cinema and Beyond

Although the series didn’t come to fruition, the actress achieved a breakthrough in the 2016 film Lady Macbeth, attributing it to revitalizing her love for cinema by instilling newfound confidence and passion.


The experience earned her great reviews and made her become a cinephile again. The Midsommar actress added “That made me fall back in love with cinema. The kind of cinema that was a space where you could be opinionated, and loud, and I’ve stuck by that.”

Florence Pugh in Black WIdow
Florence Pugh in Black Widow

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She concluded that she was fortunate to have a good experience afterward. “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.” The actor believed she knew what to expect after starring in The Falling, but the dramatic contrast was truly shocking for her.


Pugh’s fame goes beyond her acting talent. She is admired for her bold fashion sense. Despite being aware of potential criticism, she fearlessly wore a sheer pink Valentino dress during a 2022 runway show in Italy. Through a heartfelt Instagram statement, she addressed concerns about body image and emphasized the unfair public scrutiny faced by women’s bodies.

Source: Glamour Magazine


Written by Rumman Habib Rahman

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