Florence Pugh Slams Studio Executives; Exposes Hollywood's Horrid Business Practices

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Florence Pugh's Hollywood career has seen a major breakthrough over the last couple of years, most notably after she joined the Marvel Cinematic Universe, starring in 2020's Black Widow as Yelena Belova. While it can be argued that the actress is still years away from her prime, she already boasts an impressive acting resume.

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However, unlike certain stars who achieved overnight fame, the road wasn't easy for the 26-year-old British actress who had to endure a lot of things before reaching the summit. Now, Florence is coming out to expose Hollywood's awful business practices which according to her made her reevaluate whether or not she wants to pursue acting.

Speaking with The Telegraph to promote her new film The Wonder, Florence revealed that after getting her break in Studio City, she was body-shamed by studio executives who constantly told her how she should look. The Hawkeye actress added that that specific experience led her to question her career choice, saying entering the world of acting felt like a "massive mistake".

Pugh recalls: "All the things that they were trying to change about me – whether it was my weight, my look, the shape of my face, the shape of my eyebrows – that was so not what I wanted to do, or the industry I wanted to work in. I’d thought the film business would be like [my experience of making] The Falling, but actually, this was what the top of the game looked like, and I felt I’d made a massive mistake."

Also Read: Florence Pugh's Yelena Belova Will Reportedly Lead the Thunderbolts

Meanwhile, Pugh will be given an upgraded role in the MCU before the end of Multiverse Saga in the upcoming Thunderbolts film. With rumors suggesting she'll lead the supervillain ensemble, the question is: will Yelena still be able to redeem herself?

Marvel Studios' Thunderbolts is slated for release on July 26, 2024.