“I DON’T HAVE DOWNTIME,”
Florence Pugh admits over coffee in a Manhattan hotel on a recent afternoon. That, my dear, is an understatement.
Since her breakthrough role as the treacherous Katherine in the 2017 award-winning indie Lady Macbeth, Pugh, 23, has been working nonstop, making memorable turns in AMC’s The Little Drummer Girl on the small screen and Fighting With My Family on the big.
With just a few days to spare in mid-June, she’s in New York but can’t stay for long, what with the top-secret Black Widow movie she’s currently filming for Marvel in London (and definitely can’t talk about). For now, she’s debuting the first screenings of the buzzy Midsommar, a Swedish cult horror story from director Ari Aster, who last scared audiences silly just over a year ago with Hereditary.
Calling his latest “Coachella with human sacrifice” makes Pugh laugh, but it’s a fair assessment of the plot: Following a traumatic family incident, Dani (Pugh) joins her boyfriend, Christian (Jack Reynor), on a trip to Sweden for a hippie commune’s celebration of the summer solstice—think less Beyoncé and more unsettling runic rituals.
“I had never come close to any of the trauma that Dani had, that level of pain,” says Pugh, who grew up in Oxford, England, with her parents and three siblings. “It was exhausting as well because you have to