Florence Pugh is the breakout star of 2019.
The actress, 24, who starred as Amy in Greta Gerwig’s “Little Women”, as Katherine in “Lady Macbeth” and will appear in the upcoming “Black Widow” film, is Vogue magazine’s February cover star and opened up about what got her to where she is today.
“I’ve always been a very loud personality,” Pugh explained. “Like, when I was younger I would always wear the brightest thing. I loved painting my face. And because I was good at it, I don’t think my parents found it offensive.”
And those traits helped her land the role of Amy, “I love all the incredibly spoiled characters because they always represent that voice in our heads. Amy basically says everything she wants to say. She doesn’t care. So I was obviously ecstatic to play her.”
But playing Katherine was completely different, “I like feeling raw. I like feeling naked. Anytime an opportunity of me being perfect onscreen comes up, I panic.”
With “Little Women” on big screens, she’s set to join the Marvel Universe as Yelena alongside Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow in the character’s upcoming origin film, which director, Cate Shortland, says Pugh “ is bloody scary. Steely. Absolutely will not back down. She has a healthy amount of anger in her as a person, at the injustices she sees around her.”
And while she’s still fresh on the Hollywood scene, Pugh has some strong opinions. When asked her thoughts on the gender pay gap in the film industry, she said, ““Hey? This cannot be a thing. They’re actually making a reason for women to talk in films now. When a woman speaks, she’s going to have something to say.”
“Black Widow is due out in May while Vogue‘s February 2020 issue hits newsstands on Jan. 21.