Florence Pugh Shares How She Was Told To ‘Change Her Face’ When She First Started Acting

"That was so not what I wanted to do"

Florence Pugh has shared how she was told to ‘change her appearance’ when she first began acting and auditioning.

Chatting with The Telegraph, Florence said that she once auditioned with Hollywood casting directors when she was just 19, when she was told to ‘lose weight’ and ‘change her face’.

After making her acting debut in 2014 in psychological drama ‘The Falling’, Florence set her sights for more roles. Landing another role soon after that, Florence says that it was here that she was told to change herself.

“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 explained.


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Worried that she had chosen the wrong career path. Florence continued:

“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.”

Sharing how she re-found her love for the world of acting, she says that she had an audio for Lady Macbeth two weeks after, where she felt happy again.


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“(That was) The kind of cinema that was a space where you could be opinionated, and loud, and I’ve stuck by that”

“I was lucky enough to discover when I was 19 what kind of a performer I wanted to be.”


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