‘People imagined me with someone younger and in blockbusters’: Florence Pugh, 27, speaks out on her headline-grabbing romance with Zach Braff, 47, as her ex praises her ‘magnetic beauty’
The Don’t Worry Darling star is the cover star for the February issue of US Vogue, starring in a stunning shoot centrered around her twin passions for cooking and fashion.
The accompanying interview sees Florence, 27, ponder the reasons the three year relationship hit the headlines, admitting she understands why the former couple’s 20-year age gap fascinated the public.
All change: Florence Pugh has spoken out on her breakup from Zach Braff, 47, in a rare candid interview with US Vogue
Explaining during the Vogue chat that the breakup was ‘all very new’, Florence said that she and Zach, who lived together in LA, tried to keep their romance private.
‘We weren’t in anyone’s faces. It was just that people didn’t like it. They imagined me with someone younger and someone in blockbusters.’
‘I think young relationships in Hollywood are so easily twisted because they add to the gossip sites. It’s exciting to watch. And I think I was in a relationship that didn’t do any of that.’
It’s over: Florence, 27, announced in an August 2022 interview that she and Zach, 47, had split up earlier in the year after three years together
The two have remained close friends and collaborators, with Florence starring in Zach’s next project A Good Person, which is out in March.
Director Zach is asked in the interview for his notes on his ex as an actress, with his adoration for her clear.
‘I quite simply think she’s one of the greatest actors of her generation,’ he gushes. She’s just magnetic. You cannot take your eyes off of her.’
‘And it’s not just her beauty and it’s not just her acting ability, it’s that thing, that magic thing that transcends the screen, where anyone and everyone goes: I want to see whatever this person does.’
Hitting the headlines: The Don’t Worry Darling star is the cover star for the February issue of US Vogue , starring in a stunning shoot centrered around her twin passions for cooking and fashion
A Good Person sees Florence star as Allison who is on the cusp of getting married when a horrific accident kills two members of her fiancé’s family.
The film follows her descent into an opioid addiction and an unlikely relationship with her would-be father-in-law, played by Morgan Freeman.
Her character’s unconventional way of dealing with death, and life, is something Florence says she can relate to, telling Vogue about her desire not to conform.
Baring all: ‘I’ve never been scared of what’s underneath the fabric’ she explains of her the much-talked about hot pink tulle Valentino gown she wore during Milan Fashion Week
One example she gives is the freedom she and her siblings were allowed in their childhood growing up in Spain and the Oxfordshire countryside continuing through to adulthood and her approach to fashion.
‘I’ve never been scared of what’s underneath the fabric. If I’m happy in it, then I’m gonna wear it,’ she explains of her daring red carpet choices, including the much-talked about hot pink tulle Valentino gown she wore during Milan Fashion Week.
‘Of course, I don’t want to offend people, but I think my point is: How can my nipples offend you that much?’ she says.
‘It’s very important that we do this. I know that some people might scoff at me saying that, but if a dress with my breasts peeking through is encouraging people to say, ‘Well, if you were to get raped, you would deserve it,’ it just shows me that there’s so much more work to do.’
Cover star: For the full cover story, go to Vogue.com.