Florence Pugh reveals the role that made her question a career in Hollywood
Florence Pugh has revealed that she questioned whether she would suit a career in Hollywood shortly after moving to Los Angeles.
The Brit first hit fame through her performance in The Falling, and she was subsequently cast in a pilot called Studio City, a dramatic comedy about a young pop star dealing with fame.
It ultimately didn't get picked up, but the experience left a negative impression on Pugh, who was asked to alter her appearance by executives.
“I felt very lucky and grateful, and couldn’t believe that I had got this top-of-the-game job,” she told The Telegraph.
“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.
“I’d thought the film business would be like ‘The Falling,’ but actually, this was what the top of the game looked like, and I felt I’d made a massive mistake."
After Studio City wasn't commissioned, Pugh returned to the United Kingdom, but not long after she landed a starring role in Lady Macbeth, and that project made her reclaim her passion for acting.
“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," she explained.
"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.”