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27th Oct 2022

Florence Pugh on why playing strong female characters is so important to her

Florence Pugh speaks exclusively to at The Wonder premiere.

Amy March in Little Women, Alice in Don’t Worry Darling, and Nurse Lib Wright in The Wonder. If you look at Florence Pugh’s recent roles you’ll notice they all have something in common; the characters aren’t afraid to fight back, use their voices, and stand up for what they believe in.

The Academy Award nominee arrived in Dublin tonight for the premiere of The Wonder and spoke about the importance of giving silenced women a chance to share their stories on the big screen. Pugh plays Nurse Lib Wright, a headstrong, caring English nurse who is sent to Ireland to observe 11-year-old girl Anna (Kíla Lord Cassidy) who claims she hasn’t eaten in four months and is surviving on “manna from heaven”.

Speaking exclusively to, Pugh revealed why she was drawn to the thrilling story inspired by the fasting girls.


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“I’ve always been drawn to women that maybe have too big of a voice at a time they’re living in. It’s always been something that is incredibly exciting to me. There are and always have been women, that have been pushing back. This storyline, this place, shooting here last summer, was incredibly powerful.”

“It’s a story that needs to be very sensitive in the making of it, very sensitive in its history, very sensitive regarding religion and science. And that is something everybody was really eager to do well and to really enjoy the whole process.

Pugh was joined by co-stars Elaine Cassidy, Kíla Lord Cassidy, Niamh Algar, author and screenwriter Emma Donoghue, and director Sebastián Lelio at the Dublin premiere.

“This storyline, this place, shooting here last summer, was incredibly powerful.”

The Little Women star admitted she loved filming in Ireland so much that she even considered moving her. The actress loved filming in Wicklow so much that she considered moving to Ireland.

She told; “I went to go visit my mate Jack Raynor who I did Midsommar with. As we were driving through Wicklow together, I was like I could do this easily. I could come and move to the countryside. This place is amazing. If you’ll have me.”

The Wonder starring Florence Pugh and Kíla Lord Cassidy lands in Irish cinemas on November 2nd. The Wonder will also air on Netflix from November 16th.