Florence Pugh discusses her dramatic new hairstyle

‘I was always fighting to control my image’: Florence Pugh explains her dramatic new hairstyle as she discusses Hollywood glamour

She’s the sought-after rising star who has been making her mark on the red carpet with her high-fashion looks.

But on screen, Florence Pugh prefers to go make-up free to do away with ‘vanity’ as Hollywood glamour can be distracting for audiences, she has said.

The Oxford-born actress, 27, who has recently shaved her head for forthcoming romantic drama We Live in Time, said that she has always fought to ‘control her image’ in the industry.

‘I purposefully chose to look like that. I wanted vanity out of the picture,’ she said of her dramatic hair style, which she debuted at the Met Gala back in May.

‘Hollywood is very glamorous – especially for women – and it’s hard for an audience to see past that,’ she told the Radio Times.

Opening up: Florence Pugh has revealed she prefers to go make-up free on screen to do away with ‘vanity’ as Hollywood glamour can be distracting for audiences

‘Whenever I’ve not needed to be glam or have a full face of make-up, I fight to keep it that way. It helps the audience. Vanity is gone. The only thing that people can look at then is your raw face.

‘Even at the beginning of my career, I was always fighting to control my image.’

She added: ‘It helps me when I’m wearing less make-up, because then I’m less of a sparkly thing on screen. I feel like I’m allowed to do ugly faces, like it’s more acceptable.’

The full interview is available in the July copy of Radio Times

Miss Pugh has made a series of unconventional career choices since her breakout role in 2016’s dark indie project, Lady Macbeth.

She was nominated for an Oscar for her portrayal of Amy March in Great Gerwig’s adaptation of Little Women in 2019, has appeared in Marvel’s Black Widow and in horror film Midsommer.

She said she has ‘loved stretching any size of role, any obscure character’ and only has herself to ‘blame if it goes wrong.’ 

She added: ‘There are things where I don’t know how I mustered the courage – but I pushed myself off the cliff and hoped the wings came out.’

Her latest big screen outing in Christopher Nolan’s Oppenheimer playing Jean Tatlock, the American physician who had a relationship with J. Robert Oppenheimer, the man who created the atomic bomb.

‘It’s one of the biggest movies I’ve made,’ she said.

‘Chris’s approach is similar to indie movie-making. It reminded me of the early days when I was used to a fast-paced way of working – where, if you lost a scene from the day, you would lose it from the movie.

‘When I walked on set, I couldn’t believe there was that similar, incredible adrenaline, which I hadn’t felt on a massive movie for a long time. It’s a wonderful thing to inject into a film set – believing in yourself and what you’re making.’

The actress, 27, told Radio Times: ‘Even at the beginning of my career, I was always fighting to control my image.’

The film is being adapted from the 2006 book American Prometheus: The Triumph And Tragedy Of J. Robert Oppenheimer, by Kai Bird and Martin J. Sherwin.

The book, which won the Pulitzer Prize, details Oppenheimer’s personal life and his time leading the Manhattan Project in the early and mid-1940s.

The film has already been hailed as a contender to scoop multiple awards.

Oppenheimer features an all-star cast and is led by Cillian Murphy, who plays the theoretical physicist who helped develop the bomb, J. Robert Oppenheimer. 

The Christopher Nolan-directed movie also boasts a cast including Emily Blunt , Robert Downey Jr and Matt Damon.

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