Florence Pugh has returned to her roots with ‘Oppenheimer’.
Despite never working with writer/director Christopher Nolan, the Oscar-nominated actress told the Radio Times (via Daily mail) that being on set was reminiscent of her early career.
“It reminded me of the early days of being used to a fast-paced way of working – where, if you missed a scene of the day, you missed it from the movie,” Pugh said. “It’s one of the greatest films I’ve made. Chris’s approach is similar to making independent films.
She added, “When I walked onto the set, I couldn’t believe there was that kind of incredible adrenaline I haven’t felt in a long time in a massive film. That’s a wonderful thing to put on a film set: to believe in yourself and what you’re doing.
Pugh noted that she “loved to stretch any role dimension, any dark character” throughout her varied career, saying, “There are things I don’t know how I mustered up the courage to, but I pushed myself off the cliff and hoped the wings He came out.”
The ‘Little Women’ star had previously said that collaborating with Nolan was ‘arguably one of the most thrilling experiences’ as ‘Nolan’s dedication to the craft of motion pictures and old cinema is just magical to watch.’
Pugh said, “Watching every single crew member on that set work so hard for him, to get his approval. And not in a weird way, but as if everyone knows who they’re working for and everyone is proud to be there. Everyone takes so much pride in their work and so what that does is everyone is constantly trying to be better the next day. And I’ve never seen that feeling on set before.
The “Black Widow” actress also recently recalled getting flak for seemingly mistaking indie films for the MCU.
“So many people in the independent film world were really pissed at me. They were like, ‘Great, now she’s gone for good,’” Pugh told Time magazine earlier this year. “And I’m like, no, I’m working as hard as I used to work. I’ve always done back-to-back movies. It’s just that people are watching them now. You just need to be a little more organized with your schedule.
In addition to “Oppenheimer,” Pugh appears in “Dune: Part Two,” along with Netflix’s “The Pack,” “The Maid,” “East of Eden,” and “We Live in Time.”
Pugh’s ‘Oppenheimer’ co-star Cillian Murphy shared similarly Podcast “WTF” by Marc Maron that Nolan’s period piece had the air of an indie film in the field.
“The pace was insane,” Murphy said. “The sets are huge, but it feels like an indie film. It’s just Chris and the cameraman. A camera all the time, unless there’s a huge, huge piece, and the boom op and that’s it. There is no video village, no monitors, nothing. He’s a very analog filmmaker.”