Requisite Florence Pugh Stats For Every Fan

Florence Pugh is a force to be reckoned with. The talented starlet has been crushing it in the movie world ever since she nabbed a role opposite "Game of Thrones" star Maisie Williams in 2014's "The Falling." Yet the English actor truly emerged into the spotlight following her breathtaking portrayal as Katherine Lester in 2017's "Lady Macbeth." Since then, she has been tearing up the big screen with her nuanced and charming performances in films like "Little Women," "Midsommar," and "Black Widow." What's more, she's wasted no time bringing in accolades and praise from fans and critics alike, even receiving an Oscar nomination at age 23 for her role in Greta Gerwig's "Little Women."

According to Pugh, female empowerment seems to a recurring theme in her work. "I guess all of my movies have that element of women being forced into a corner, forced into an opinion, forced into a way of life," she said in an interview with Harper's Bazaar. "And then finally, something cracks."

Anyone who has watched a movie featuring the Oxford-born actor knows she shines on the silver screen, but of course, that's only a piece of the story. If you're a FloPugh fan, then we've got some facts for you.

The actor comes from a big creative family

Apparently, Florence Pugh's love for performing is in her blood. In an interview with The New York Times, the "Midsommar" actor said her family was "wonderfully noisy and creative," adding, "You had to shout to have your voice heard." Per the Belfast Telegraph, her mother is a dancer and her father works in the restaurant industry. In 2021, Florence posted a pic she took while sipping a drink at one of her father's establishments, Cafe Coco, and wrote, "The best elderflower pressé in town! Meet Mr. Pugh.. the man of Dawson Street. We all grew up in Cafe Coco and Kazbar, so it's always so sentimental and a total treat to come back and be home again."

And by all accounts, it sounds like her parents are an absolute blast. As she shared on "Jimmy Kimmel Live," when her parents tagged along on Oscars weekend in 2020, they brought the fun to the afterparties. "They're just pure havoc," she said. "They are partiers, they go out and they make memories."

While Florence is known for taking on more serious acting roles, elder sister Arabella Gibbons is an actor and comedy writer. Meanwhile, you may recognize her brother, Toby Sebastian, for his role as Prince Martell in "Game of Thrones." And younger sister Rafaela Pugh also happens to be — you guessed it — an actor. The "Little Women" actor said of her family to The Guardian, "We're like the Von Trapps, but not quite as pretty or perfect." 

She lived in Spain throughout her childhood

Most families don't just spontaneously up and move to a foreign country simply for the heck of it. But Florence Pugh's family isn't like most families. Staying true to their eccentric values, the "Lady Macbeth" star says that the Pughs took the plunge by moving to Spain when she was a toddler. While one might assume the move to Sotogrande was simply related to the adventurous spirit of the Pugh crew, one of the kids' health actually played a big part in this significant life change. Pugh has a condition called tracheomalacia, which unfortunately can make breathing very difficult. As she shared on "Running Wild with Bear Grylls: The Challenge" (via People), doctors suggested they move to a location with a warmer climate for Pugh's condition.

It sounds like moving to Spain was one of the best changes they could have ever made; Pugh now has rich and colorful memories that she couldn't have experienced back in Oxford. "Looking back on it, I'm so happy I had that childhood," the actor gushed of her time in Spain during an interview with The Guardian. "In and out of the sea naked, cycling down the road in my knickers, and bartering with the sweet shop owner." A few years after they settled in Spain, the Pughs returned to England. 

She's dealt with Hollywood's unrealistic beauty standards

Florence Pugh is undeniably gorgeous. And yet, even she has had to grapple with Hollywood's need for a level of airbrushed perfection that is nearly impossible to achieve. The "Midsommar" star, however, refuses to hold back in regards to her feelings about unrealistic beauty standards. In an interview with The Telegraph, the Oscar nominee shared that when she was still a teen, she was picked apart for her look by execs. "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 said, noting that she started to regret pursuing an acting career. In an interview with The Guardian, Pugh credited her parents with teaching her not to tear herself apart. "I was lucky to have the upbringing I did and the knowledge that this [pressure to look a certain way] is nonsense," she said.

In the same chat with The Guardian, Pugh emphasized how much pressure there is in Hollywood to meet a certain beauty standard, and how much of it is rooted in a false sense of reality. "As beautiful as cinema is, it's a massive part of the problem of why we look at ourselves in the way we do," the starlet wisely stated. "You never see a normal spot, a bag under the eye or an unplucked eyebrow, because that's not how Hollywood works."

Inside her relationship with Zach Braff

For a few years, Florence Pugh was in a serious relationship with former "Scrubs" star Zach Braff. The celebs were drawn into each other's orbit around 2019, when the two were set to collaborate in "The Secret Ingredients of Rocket Cola." A connection blossomed between the stars as they remained in each other's lives. Though the film never saw the light of day, they ended up working together again that same year on "In The Time It Takes to Get There," a short helmed by Braff. Evidently, the connection only continued to blossom, and they entered into a romantic relationship. 

But unfortunately for Pugh and Braff, their courtship was not welcomed by the public with open arms. According to the "Don't Worry Darling" star, their relationship was met with a not insignificant wave of backlash due to their 21-year age gap. Many people on Instagram were quick to call out the then 44-year-old Braff for dating a woman significantly younger than him. Pugh responded to the criticism in a thoughtful Instagram post that ended with "Being hateful is not trendy." Her insight was applauded by fans and peers in the industry alike, with Ariana Grande even singing her praises for the movie star, adding that she wants to get a "Being hateful is not trendy" tattoo.

Unfortunately, things didn't end up working out for the couple, seeing as the two parted ways in 2022.

She is passionate about singing

While Florence Pugh fans are more than well aware of her talents when it comes to acting, it turns out, she also happens to be a gifted singer, too. When the "Outlaw King" actor was a child, she recorded a number of videos that showcased her singing skills and posted the clips on her YouTube channel under the name Flossie Rose. As she recalled to The New York Times, "I don't think I was built for school. I just wanted to perform and make music and make pots."

In classic internet style, the videos resurfaced after Pugh's acting career took off and made the social media rounds. Come on, adorable clips of one of the biggest stars on the planet singing as a kid? Of course they were a hit straight away. At the 2020 Critics Choice Awards, she told Variety that she was thrilled about the fact that people were enjoying the old singing videos. "It's lovely that people are loving them," she said with a beaming smile. "It's lovely that people are finding them interesting and funny to look at!"

And there could be more Pugh tunes in our future. As she teased on an October 2022 episode BBC Radio 4's "This Cultural Life," she is open to the idea of putting out an album one day. 

She would be a star of this generation's Brat Pack

In the 1980s, a group of talented young actors known as the Brat Pack practically ruled all of Hollywood. With their acting chops, charisma, and good looks, these wide-eyed stars became icons of a generation. Now, if there was a Brat Pack around today? Well, as far as The Guardian is concerned, Florence Pugh would certainly be one of its main players, if not the main player.

There's no doubt about it, Pugh has the "it" factor and she's one of the brightest, most exciting stars of her generation. What's more, she just seems like someone who is fun to be around. As "Little Women" director Greta Gerwig told Elle Canada, "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." Sounds like a real leader of the pack. 

Filming Midsommar wasn't as scary as you might think

Filming a horror movie can be an unsettling experience. Take the pool scene from "Poltergeist," for example. Splashing around in a mucky mud pit of a pool full of prop skeletons sounds creepy enough as is. Actor JoBeth Williams told Vanity Fair she later found out that she'd actually been splashing around with real skeletons. Alex Wolff said filming "Hereditary," Ari Aster's objectively disturbing horror movie from 2018, took such a toll on him that he had trouble sleeping. 

While Aster also directed the folk horror movie "Midsommar," it sounds like it wasn't as scary of a movie to make. Reflecting on her time filming the creepy flick, Florence Pugh told Stylist UK, "We were in a bright, sunny field with flowers and butterflies."

Still, despite the idyllic setting, Pugh's character's suffering was a lot to take on. "I was apprehensive to get into character as Dani because I've never witnessed anything close to the trauma that she has," the starlet continued. "She's dealing with so much pain. And I think the scary and horrific thing about this film is just watching someone not know how to deal with that grief."    

Even Florence Pugh gets starstruck

Understandably, Florence Pugh is a Meryl Streep fan. So, when Pugh got the opportunity to star alongside the "Devil Wears Prada" star in 2019's "Little Women," it was a dream come true for the actor — a very intimidating dream come true, that is. 

As Pugh recounted on "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert," the moment she met Streep on the set of "Little Women," she immediately hugged the living Hollywood icon. "I suddenly heard that Meryl was on her way downstairs," she recalled. "We were both wearing these big hoop skirts, and I think because I was so excited/nervous/terrified to be working with a legend, that when she came down I ran over to her and was like, 'Meryl!' and through my arms around her, and quickly regretted every single ounce of that." All that regret was for nought, as the two got on swimmingly, even bonding over their love of french fries. 

While getting to work with a generational talent like Meryl Streep is a gift in and of itself, the experience comes with unexpected perks. On an episode of "Jimmy Kimmel Live," Pugh shared that she was worried she might embarrass herself by forgetting a line or missing a mark in front of Streep. "Then I realized when I got to work that no one really cares about you because Meryl Streep is there," she deadpanned. Leave it to Pugh to know what to do.