She is only 25 years old and has already been nominated for an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress. The British Florence Pugh, was called to play Yelena Belova, the younger sister of Natasha Romanoff, the black widow in “Black Widow”, The film that will premiere in Disney Plus on July 9 and it’s Scarlett Johansson’s final goodbye in the MCU. With his participation in films such as “Little Women” and “Midsommar”, Pugh is a young promise. What other films have you participated in?
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Florence Pugh he acted for the first time in the British film “The Falling” (2014). Many of the supporting roles that developed her talents were taken after risking participating in school performances. Since he left St Edward’s School in the city of Oxford, what came in his career were strokes of luck and a bit of family genes, since his mother, Deborah, was a dancer and all his brothers belong to the world of acting as well: Toby Sebastian (“Game of Thrones”), Arabella Gibbins (“Swim to Land”) and Rafaela Pugh (“Born of War”).
She played the young Abigail Mortimer in “The Falling,” the film that earned her a nomination for Best British Newcomer Actress at the BFI London Film Festival and Best British / Irish Performance at the London Film Critic’s Circle. Although she is best known for “Little Women” (2019), where she shares the stage with Emma Watson, she has in her short professional summary some other productions that placed her on the international carpet, such as the miniseries “The Little Drummer Girl” (BBC) and the British series “Marcella” (ITV, Europe).
It may be for having participated in “Little Women”, the film that talks about the labels or behavior that was established for women at the time, or the film “King Lear” (2018), where she acts as the daughter of King Lear ( Anthony Hopkins), but Florence Pugh is an actress closely linked to the feminist manifestation. One of her prominent social media stories is called “Femicides”, in which she shares images of various protests against femicides that occur around the world.
Pugh has been climbing little by little until arriving at the cast of Marvel, in fact, in “Black Widow” it has been very well received. Collider editor Steven Weintraubm has set David Harbor and the British actress among the best performances in the series. “There is no way that the public does not want more of his characters,” he said in a tweet.
But for the producers of Marvel Studios it was no easy task getting Pugh to take the role. Before accepting, the British wanted to test how much the team was in command and imposed certain conditions. The most outstanding was to reject the strict diet that the team usually establishes for the MCU actors, seeking that they have greater physique for stunts and a slender body, as they are characters that reflect the superhuman. She did not want them to exercise “constant control” over their meals. Already on the set, he brought his own homemade lunch.
“I didn’t want to be a part of something that was constantly being watched. (…) And people made sure it was in the ‘right’ shape. That’s not me at all, ”Pugh told Elle.
Fortunately, the conditions were accepted and the spy Yelena Belova, who succeeds the black widow in future films of the cinematic universe, will be played by Florence Pugh. The story of “Black Widow” focuses more on Natasha Romanoff’s family: her younger sister and her father figures. But the brotherhood between them is the one that raises the fire in the drama and tells us how much of Romanoff’s past is important to the character’s origin story.
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