Florence Pugh on her fears about matching the "lofty expectations" from Greta Gerwig's 'Little Women'
Starring alongside renowned actors like Streep, Ronan and Watson, Pugh feels the pressure on her is building.
Florence Pugh has been the talk of the town since her breakthrough role in the 2017 William Oldroyd directed movie, 'Lady Macbeth', and now she is playing a challenging role of an aspiring young actress who comes in association with a group of Mossad agents in Park Chan-wook's adaptation of John Le Carre's 1983 novel, 'The Little Drummer Girl'. However, the pressure is mounting for the 22-year-old actress who is set to star in the star-studded adaptation of Louis May Alcott's 1868 novel, 'Little Women'. The movie is being directed by the 'Ladybird' director, Greta Gerwig and is set to release on December 25, 2019, by Columbia Pictures.
Starring alongside a cast which includes Meryl Streep, Emma Watson, Saoirse Ronan, and Timothee Chalamet, Pugh feels a little "cheek" on getting the chance to play the role of Amy March, the youngest of the March sisters. 'Little Women' follows the book's premise which revolves around the March family who struggles with their daily lives in the post-Civil War era. The four sisters Meg (to be played by Watson), Josephine (to be played by Ronan), Beth (to be played by Eliza Scanlen), and Amy (to be played by Pugh) help their mother cope with the crisis following the war as their father has set out to fight in the front.
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"I remember watching Saoirse Ronan in Atonement when I was a kid and just gazing at her and hoping that one day I would be able to do that with her and I'm doing it." pic.twitter.com/XDJksjKVXW
With help and support from their Aunt March (to be played by Streep) and friend, Laurie (to be played by Chalamet), the four sisters try to strike a balance between their ambition and their virtues. The women-led movie is something that Pugh considers to be a great move for the industry which is trying to bring equality in the representation of genders on screen. Working alongside the UN Women Goodwill Ambassador for the advancement of gender equality and empowerment for young women, Emma Watson, Pugh explains to Harper Bazaar, how the book has a very strong relevance today.
She said, "There are so many things [in the book] that are relevant to anyone, everyone here, now, women. Conversations of women, I mean it's been a massive thing in the industry, the conversation, and you have this whole a book of these girls, these four fantastic girls." However, to portray one such character who holds the central place in a book that chiefly revolves around the four sisters, Pugh fears that she might not be able to match the "lofty expectations" that fans have. "It's anticipated because it means so much to people. That book, whether you read it as a kid or adult... Yeah, it's pressure, but I'm so excited. It's exciting to be part of something that you know and hope will mean something to many more people."
However, we can totally root for the fact that Pugh will be just as amazing as the youngest March sister, as she has been in 'The Little Drummer Girl'. This story follows a young and aspiring actress Charlie (played by Pugh), who becomes a matter of interest to the Mossad agents, Marty Kurtz (played by Michael Shannon) and Becker (played by Alexander Skarsgard). Marty has set his sights on catching a terrorist and Charlie is the bait. Pugh has been excellent in portraying the bold yet naive Charlie, and after her role in 'Lady Macbeth,' there is no doubt that the actress can easily dive into characters who belong to a different period altogether.