- Florence Pugh revealed in a new interview with Elle that she didn’t want her diet or exercise routine to be constantly monitored while filming Marvel’s “Black Widow.”
- “Essentially you need to look good moving,” Pugh said of her “Black Widow” character Yelena Belova.
- But the actress said that despite being excited about her character’s physicality and movements, she still didn’t want to submit to a strict diet or exercise regimen.
- “When I got the job, I wanted to know what the regime was. I wanted to know whether it was them or me calling the shots. That was a big deal for me,” Pugh said.
- “I didn’t want to be part of something where I was constantly checked on. And people making sure I was in the ‘right’ shape. That’s not me at all.”
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Florence Pugh revealed in a new interview that she needed to know that her diet and exercise routine wasn’t going to be constantly monitored while filming Marvel’s “Black Widow.”
Speaking to Elle, the “Little Women” star said physical movements were a big part of her Marvel character Yelena Belova — the sister-figure of Scarlett Johansson’s Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow.
“Essentially, you need to look good moving,” Pugh said. “For me, I loved all of that because I grew up with a lot of dance and a lot of movement.”
But Pugh also told Elle that she didn’t want her diet and exercise to be “constantly checked on” during filming.
“When I got the job, I wanted to know what the regime was. I wanted to know whether it was them or me calling the shots,” she said. “That was a big deal for me.”
“I didn’t want to be part of something where I was constantly checked on,” Pugh continued. “And people making sure I was in the ‘right’ shape. That’s not me at all.”
The actress revealed that even though her costar Johansson had an “amazing guy who cooked beautiful things for her and her team,” she preferred to cook at home in the mornings, and come to set with a container of homemade food each day.
“I remember [Johansson] asking, ‘Why are you cooking for yourself? Just let us feed you!’ And I was like, ‘Nope,'” Pugh told Elle with a laugh. “Genuinely, my therapeutic thing is chopping and cooking and stirring and tasting.”
This isn’t the first time Pugh has spoken about her desire to maintain control over her diet, exercise, and appearance while working on a film.
In February, the actress told Glamour that she realized early on in her career that she didn’t want to have to lose weight for a role.
“I did a job where it was made very apparent that I needed to lose weight and when it was over, I was very aware I didn’t want to do that kind of work,” she said.
“Because I was faced with that, I realised what I wanted to represent, and had that not happened, I may not have overcome my issues with my body at such an early age,” Pugh said. “I’m happy about that, but a lot of women aren’t that lucky.”