Florence Pugh says she was told lose weight for major Hollywood role

The British actress, 27, spoke about how a producer for a US pilot TV episode that never aired allegedly criticised her physical appearance a few years ago.

But she was drawn back to Los Angeles for the 2019 WWE film Fighting With My Family opposite Dwayne Johnson.

She said: “The person I came back to [play] was a female wrestler with muscles and big thighs who made her own name as a champion.

“I quite liked that, because the last time I’d been [to Hollywood] I was told I needed to lose weight – it was just so not the person I wanted to be.”

Pugh, who is the cover star of Time magazine’s Next Generation Leaders issue, also said that after she joined the Marvel Cinematic Universe as a superhero, independent film figures were “really pissed off”.

Florence, who plays Yelena Belova in the Black Widow films and Hawykeye TV series, said: “They were like, ‘great, now she’s gone forever’.

“And I’m like, ‘no, I’m working as hard as I used to work’.

“I’ve always done back-to-back movies. It’s just people are watching them now.

“You just have to be a bit more organised with your schedule.”

Before signing up to appear in Disney’s Marvel franchise, Pugh had made her name in Hollywood with acclaimed independent films.

They include Midsommar and Lady Macbeth, but more recently she has also starred in indie films The Wonder and A Good Person.

Florence said she can sense when a film will succeed, saying: “A whole film set, it’s everybody making a huge effort because they want to be there.

“And if someone doesn’t want to be there or if someone isn’t pulling their weight, you can feel it.

“The film feels wrong.”

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