Florence Pugh and Saoirse Ronan found themselves getting quite scrappy on the set of “Little Women”.
The actress sits down with ES Magazine for the publication’s final issue of the year, out Thursday, Dec. 19. Pugh tells the magazine that she and Ronan grew close due in part to their roughhousing.
“Every single scene that Saoirse and I would wrestle in — that was our suggestion,” Pugh says. “Sometimes she’d be like, ‘God, I really want to hit you.’ And I’d be like, ‘Me too.’ And then we’d have a little wrestle and a hug.”
“That was genuine,” the young actress assures. “Every time Saoirse was punching me in the face, it was like, ‘HA! This feels just like family.'”
Pugh also dishes on meeting the legendary Meryl Streep for the first time.
“She was already on set, kind of in character, and I came running down the stairs and I was like, ‘MERYL!'” she says. “I flung my arms around her.”
Hollywood can be a dangerous place to navigate as a young actress. Pugh has experienced this first-hand and offered her advice for fellow women on the journey to stardom.
“When you go out there [L.A.] as a baby-face, fresh thing who is eager to please, they will make you into whatever they need to make you sell, essentially,” she says. “You need to know exactly what you are representing when you go into meetings.”
“So if someone says, ‘That’s really cool you don’t pluck your eyebrows,’ that you don’t f**king, like, die and whimper,” Pugh says. “No, I don’t want you to cut my hair. No, I don’t want you to wax my upper lip. I have a face and hair grows out of it. Please leave me alone.”
Pugh stars alongside Ronan, Streep, Timothee Chalamet, Bob Odenkirk, and Emma Watson in “Little Women”. The film premieres Christmas Day.