'Lady Macbeth' Breakout Florence Pugh Goes From Shakespeare to Wrestling

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Florence Pugh

The 21-year-old Brit, whose turn as an adulterous 19th century wife was one of the best reviewed performances at the 2016 Toronto film festival, looks up to Emma Stone and next plays real-life wrestler Paige before segueing into another Bard adaptation.

WHO

Florence Pugh in William Oldroyd's Lady Macbeth (out in New York and Los Angeles on July 14).

WHERE YOU'VE SEEN HER BEFORE

Pugh had a small role on the British crime series Marcella (Netflix).

WHY YOU SHOULD CARE NOW

The 21-year-old English actress' turn as an adulterous 19th century wife was one of the best reviewed at the 2016 Toronto Film Festival. "Pugh … has clear star quality, her heart-shaped face and aura of latent mischief recalling a young Christina Ricci," wrote THR's Stephen Dalton in his review. "She plots a confident path through a subtle performance that is mostly just below the surface, all sly glances and subversive innuendo."

HER HOLLYWOOD ROLE MODEL

Emma Stone. "I've loved watching her, from Easy A to Birdman and La La Land," Pugh tells THR. "She's always in touch with her style, and I believe everything she does."

HER DREAM COLLEAGUES

Among actors Pugh hopes to work with are Kristin Scott Thomas, Barry Keoghan (Dunkirk) and Julia Garner (Ozark). As for directors, Barry Jenkins and Lenny Abrahamson top her list.

WHAT'S NEXT FOR HER

Pugh plays female wrestling sensation Paige in Stephen Merchant's upcoming Fighting With My Family, also with Dwayne Johnson and Lena Headey. After, she'll star as Cordelia alongside Anthony Hopkins as King Lear in a BBC TV production of the Shakespeare classic.

This story first appeared in the July 12 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

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