LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 08: Florence Pugh attends the Netflix Awards Brunch during the 66th BFI London Film Festival at 180 The Strand on October 8, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for Netflix)
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Florence Pugh's First Movie Audition Left Casting Agents Speechless
Florence Pugh made her feature-film debut in an indie British drama called “The Falling,” written and directed by Carol Morley.
A 2023 cover story in Vogue revealed Pugh was just 16 when she tried out for a role in “The Falling” in an open audition, but even then, she made an impression.
Morley said that after Pugh left from her audition, a hush came over the room and she asked her casting agents, “What's the matter? Did you not think she was amazing?”
Morley recalled, “They said to me: ‘We've got goosebumps. That was like discovering a young Kate Winslet.’”
If Pugh’s audition for “The Falling” had as much power as her “Midsommar” scene where she suffers self-inflicted abuse, it's easy to see why the casting agents became speechless.
From her nascent role in “The Falling,” Pugh was off to the races, soon donning a Russian accent and trading barbs and blows with Scarlett Johansson in “Black Widow.”