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8 reasons why Florence Pugh is the next big thing

The rising star of 2019.

19 Sep 2019

Florence Pugh is on the road to stardom. This year alone, she’s had stand-out performances in BBC’s The Little Drummer Girl, Fighting With My Family and Midsommar, and later this year she’ll back on our screens in Greta Gerwig’s upcoming remake of Little Women. It’s a pretty impressive line-up for a 23-year-old and there’s no sign of her slowing down any time soon.

To mark the launch of our AW19 print magazine, starring Victoria Beckham, going on sale, here are eight reasons why you can expect to see Florence ascending to the next level.

1. She is one of the most versatile actors of our generation

She’s played a traumatised woman who falls into the hands of a pagan cult, a leftish anti-zionist actress and the eternally beautiful youngest daughter of King Lear - and she’s been unbelievably epic in them all.

2. She’s been nominated for a Bafta

Florence’s killer performance in William Oldroyd’s chilling 2016 film Lady Macbeth saw her bag a Bafta nomination at 22. Casual.

3. She’s starring in Greta Gerwig’s Little Women

Tipped to be one of the most raved-about films of 2019, Greta Gerwig’s remake of Little Woman boasts an all-star cast including Emma Watson, Saiorse Ronan, Eliza Scanlen, Timothée Chalamet… and of course, Queen Florence.

4. Emma Thompson is her mentor

In an interview with Vanity Fair, Florence gushed about the British actress. “I don’t see her that often, but whenever I do, it’s like, Oh my goodness, I need you to tell me how to live my life.” Agreed.

5. She’s musically talented too

The actress can play the piano and guitar and she regularly writes her own songs. Is there no end to her talents?

6. She’s defying Hollywood’s beauty ideals

Florence is undeniably gorgeous with her long caramel hair and big green eyes, and yet Hollywood keeps trying to change her. “I knew it wasn’t something I wanted to be a part of,” she said of a casting in Hollywood when she was told to lose weight. “I don’t want to feel like I have to change myself or my image.”

7. She’s seriously funny

If you don’t follow her on Instagram, then you are seriously missing out. Expect mega dance moves with her granny, a barrage of silly faces and detailed discussion about her dream wedding to Leonardo Di Caprio.

8. She’s working with some of Hollywood’s biggest stars

The Rock, Emma Thompson and Alexander Skarsgard to name a few.