Be prepared to see a lot more of Florence Pugh. This rising talent is in the process of becoming a major breakthrough personality in Hollywood. This is thanks to Ari Aster’s most recent horror film, Midsommar, where a group of young Americans travel to experience a Swedish midsummer festival - things soon turned sinister as the locals reveal their true agenda. Pugh spent most of the time crying sobering tears throughout the movie and divulged that, “the majority of my time was literally wearing headphones and imagining my sisters dying… It was exhausting. But it seemed to get me distraught pretty quickly. I don’t know what that’s done to my mental health”. As the Guardian describes it, Midsommar “combines mischief with a sensual surrender to fear and a dreamlike loosening of your grasp on reality.” – an exceptional film, well worth a watch!
Although in Midsommar her American accent is flawless, Pugh, 23, was originally born in Oxford and has performed since the tender age of seven where she thrived as an actress and singer. Her father, Clinton, is a restaurateur in Oxford and her mother, Deborah, is a dancer and dance teacher. Florence has three siblings, including actor and musician, Toby Sebastian, who has previously starred in Game of Thrones, and stage actor, Arabella Gibbins. With her sunny disposition and friendly personality, Florence has been compared to a young Kate Winslet for her expressive eyes and broad ability to act.
As well as being known through her role, as Dani, in Midsommar, her big-screen debut was in, The Falling, where she starred alongside Game of Throne actress, Maisie Williams. That really kick-started her career off at the beginning. The 1960s-set film earned her the ‘Best British Newcomer’ nomination at the 2014 BFI London Film Festival. Fans and steely-eyed critics were also won over by her revolutionary role as Lady McBeth (not Shakespeare’s play but the 19th century Russian novel) back in 2017.
We are looking forward to seeing her take on a supreme role in Black Widow and also as one of the four sisters in Little Women, which is currently in post-production. Great things are still to come from the talented, heartfelt and beautiful Florence Pugh.