Florence Pugh’s 5 Most Challenging Performances (‘Midsommar’ Made Her Cry)

A tour in which we review the most complex roles that the young and talented British actress Florence Pugh has played, from ‘Lady Macbeth’ to ‘Midsommar’.

Originally from Oxford, actress Florence Pugh has enjoyed a meteoric rise to stardom over the last six years. His combination of an A24-backed horror film, an Oscar nomination, and his appearance in the Marvel Cinematic Universe has garnered the attention of viewers from all corners of the globe..

Below we review the five most challenging roles in the young and promising career of the actress that we will see in the not too distant future in Dune: Part II by Denis Villeneuve Oppenheimer by Christopher Nolan and A Good Person by Zach Braff.

‘Lady Macbeth’


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Before his rise to success, Pugh broke out with Lady Macbetha dramatic thriller about the moral decline of Katherine, an abandoned housewife in 19th-century England. Pugh’s performance is a display of mettle and fortitude, but it also provided an early showcase for the kind of morally ambiguous roles that have come to define the early part of his career thus far. One of the most impressive parts of the performance is that much of Katherine’s anger is internalized right up until the moment she snaps. From the beginning of the film, something is wrong with Katherine and Alexander’s marriage. As for who is voicing this concern, much of the responsibility falls on Pugh’s shoulders. The camera takes his face in close-up, Pugh’s vacant eyes perfectly expressing his desperation for something more: a desire for freedom.


‘Midsommar: Terror Waits Not For Night’

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Crying on the screen is even more difficult than it seems. One of the defining moments in the horror movie midsummer, by Ari Aster, featured Dani (Pugh’s character) screaming and crying alongside a group of women from the Harga commune. Dani just saw her boyfriend (Jack Reynor) having sex with another woman from the commune, and that makes all of her pent-up anger and grief spurt out of her. The other women mirror her emotions to her by screaming and crying as well. On her social media accounts, the actress has detailed how difficult it was to film the scene and how much she appreciated her female co-stars. “I’ve never been an actress who finds it easy to cry on camera,” Pugh said. At some points in my career, directors have to change the scene because I couldn’t do it.” He continued, “In this movie, in this scene, I found a true brotherhood. We all looked at each other before we started shooting and knew it would be difficult, awkward, weird and unnatural.”


‘Fighting with my family’

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Did you ever think that a 1.62 meter tall English actress could play the role of a WWE star? Well, at 23, Pugh proved that beyond her physical height, she has a massive presence, and that’s more than enough to convince her. In fighting with my familya film directed by Stephen Merchant (co-writer and co-director of the UK version of office), the actress navigates between comedy and drama by embodying the incredible true story of Saraya-Jade Bevis, a professional wrestler better known as Paige. From her humble beginnings in Norwich, England, where she spent her days literally fighting with her family, to her unprecedented career on wrestling’s most prestigious stage.

‘Do not worry honey’

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Although the director of Do not worry honeyOlivia Wilde, has made it clear that sex is an important part of the film, Pugh isn’t that keen on promoting that aspect of the film and doesn’t like the focus on those scenes. “When your acting comes down to sex scenes, or watching the most famous man in the world fuck someone, that’s when you question your place in this industry”the actress told Harper’s Bazaar, without mentioning Wilde’s alleged boyfriend by name. “Obviously, by the nature of hiring the most famous pop star in the world (referring to Harry Styles), you’re going to have conversations like that. That’s not what I’m going to discuss because [esta película es] bigger and better than that. And the people who did it are bigger and better than that.” The sex scenes seem inextricably tied to the film’s themes, but Wilde’s approach can easily cause audiences to be distracted from the story or performance.


‘The Prodigy’

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Directed by Chilean filmmaker Sebastián Lelio (a fantastic woman), The Prodigy is a period drama set in the 19th century that tells the story of Anna O’Donnell, a deeply religious 11-year-old girl, who becomes a tourist attraction in her remote village thanks to her claim that she had not eaten nothing for months, surviving on the purest food from heaven instead of real food. This is where Pugh appears as a British nurse who is tasked with observing Anna and monitoring her health, but soon realizes that the little girl could be a victim of child abuse. Despite the supernatural elements, Pugh has stated that he sought, with intelligence and subtlety, to understand the dynamics of reason and faith so that his character could convey that balance on screen where science and religion, although they can be opposed, are two ways to explain the events of the world and the beliefs of the inhabitants.

Florence Pugh’s 5 Most Challenging Performances (‘Midsommar’ Made Her Cry)