If the idea of the ‘movie star’ is dead, resurrecting saviour and English actress Florence Pugh is a reminder that even amidst influencers and social media personage, there still remains a traditional – albeit nowadays rare – ascent to Hollywood fame. Pugh first hit the scene with her breakthrough role as the eponymous Lady Macbeth in 2016’s adaptation, where she gave a “lethally charismatic” performance. Since then, the 25-year old has gone on to star in Midsommar as Dani, a psychology student grieving the death of her family, Fighting with My Family and Little Women, where she breathed new life into Amy March. And cementing her meteoric rise, Pugh stepped into her first Marvel film role this year, playing assassin Yelena Belova.
But her film reel aside, there is more to Pugh than the characters she’s played. Below, find 8 fast facts you may not have known about rising starlet Florence Pugh.
She comes from a family of performers and artists
“She instinctively knows how to be in a big family group. She was always the first one in the play-fight, the first one telling a joke, starting a giggle-fest, eating the prop cakes. She had that bubbling-over energy of sisterhood,” Little Women director Greta Gerwig revealed in a 2020 profile of the actress.
Like Amy, Pugh is the second younger of four siblings, all musicians, and actors in their own right. Fans of Game of Thrones may know the actress’ dashing, curly-haired brother, Toby Sebastian who played Trystane Martell in the hit series. Speaking about growing up in an artistic environment, Pugh has said that having siblings in the acting industry exposed her to many of its harsh realities early on.
Before Hollywood, she called Spain her home
Having suffered from acute asthma as a child, Pugh remembers being ushered in and out of hospitals frequently. In an interview with Vogue US, the star opened up about her tracheomalacia, explaining that the condition worsened so much that her family moved to Spain in hopes that the warmer climate would help. Even so, Pugh wouldn’t have changed it for the world, saying: “Even though we moved out there for other reasons, looking back on it, I’m so happy I had that childhood—in and out of the sea naked, cycling down the road in my knickers, and bartering with the sweet shop owner”.
Her role as child heroine Amy March earned her an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress at age 23
As though working alongside a cast of talented women to bring to life a beloved children’s classic wasn’t enough esteem, Florence Pugh’s 2019 role as Amy March garnered her buzzy attention from the Academy. Pugh was nominated for Best Supporting Actress alongside her Little Women costar Laura Dern, who went home with the award for her role in Marriage Story, but imbuing humour and soul into the beloved children’s character, fans on the Internet agreed that the Amy-issance had arrived, with Pugh commandeering the boat.
Stylist Rebecca Corbin-Murray describes her style as ‘mad and quirky’
On-screen, Pugh might be known for period costuming galore but off-screen and on the red carpet, stylist Rebecca Corbin-Murray describes her sartorial choices as “bold, colourful and avant-garde“.
Pugh’s fun and energetic personality bleeds into her personal style. The actress is rarely, if ever afraid to switch things up or go with what her gut tells her. When it comes to labels and designers, she favours pieces with an element of craftmanship to them but her closet also features a rotation of contemporary brands such as Reformation and Staud.
She produces cooking tutorials for her 1.6 million followers on Instagram Live
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Besides starring roles in both the indie and blockbuster film sets, on social media Pugh switches gear and assumes the role of producer for a cooking series filmed in her home kitchen.
Pugh has talked about how therapeutic cooking can be for her. “When the world lockdown started and it obviously got serious very quickly, I found myself desperate to chop. Feed. Eat. Repeat!” she said of her culinary skills.
Off-screen, call her by her alter-ego persona Flossie Rose
And proving herself a multi-hyphenate who can act and cook, it’s no surprise Pugh can sing too – although in the musical sphere, there is no Florence Pugh, only Flossie Rose. In brilliant 240p, watch a 17-year old Florence – no, Flossie croon in earnest to Wonderwall by Oasis and Jack Johnson.