Florence Pugh talks about new film, ‘A Good Person’

The Oscar-nominated actress plays a young woman getting back on her feet after a tragedy alongside Molly Shannon and Morgan Freeman.
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Transcript for Florence Pugh talks about new film, ‘A Good Person’
- Now on Good Morning America with Oscar nominated actress Florence Pugh. You know her from Little Women, Black Widow, Midsommar, and so many more. Now she's starring in A Good Person. Thank you so much for being here, a busy day here on GMA. - Of course, busy day, but great to be here. Thank you for having me. - Yeah, really, really happy to see you. So last night, I was online doing my homework. And over and over again, this is what I read, that this movie fills your heart, that it is so poignant in the most perfect way. It's about a young woman finding hope in very unlikely places after enduring a really horrific tragedy. What was it like starring alongside Morgan Freeman and the ever delightful Molly Shannon? - Oh my goodness, well, I've already had the pleasure of working with some of the greats in this industry. But adding Molly and Morgan to that was just absolutely incredible. It's amazing to work with utter professionals. You just get to watch and learn and soak it all up. HOST: And Molly's character is your mom? - Yeah. - That is fantastic. - Great fit. It's mad. It's a bonkers household. But yeah, it's a family that I'd like to be a part of. HOST: And Morgan is sort of an unexpected place of solace for you? - Yeah. There's these two characters kind of coming into each other's lives. It's a very unexpected friendship. But it's a friendship that's deeply needed and necessary. And I think you get to watch this older man suffering through the same things that this younger woman is. And hopefully, they kind of help each other through this tough patch. HOST: We have a clip. - Yeah? - Let's have everyone take. FLORENCE PUGH: Great. - Allison, don't go. - This was a mistake. - No, no, it isn't. Trust me. I know how hard it is to get here. It's damn near impossible, and you did it. Don't run away now because of me. - There are thousands of meetings. I'll find another one. - Wow. Yeah. But this one has the best snacks. - I want to go. - No, no, no, you've made it this far. And I wouldn't. - I don't want to be here. - Nobody does in the beginning. - I don't want to be anywhere. - Then you are definitely in the right spot. - It's like, soul crushing. - Well it's-- yeah, that's an important scene. It's about the opioid crisis. And it's the first time that she actually makes it and gets herself to AA. And he happens to be there, and he stops her from leaving. So it's very poignant. And despite it having a very sensitive and dark and sad topic, it's also really-- it has moments of levity. It's funny. And Zach has written a fantastic script that kind of matches how we deal with times of sadness. HOST: Zach's writing is fantastic, produced, directed, noted. Let's get into Molly Shannon. She's with us on Good Morning America-- - I heard. - --on Monday, and shared with us that you guys have a wrestling-- a scene in which you wrestle. And you guys really got into it. - Yeah, we fight. HOST: Who's stronger? Because I can't decide who my money would be on. - She kept on coming up to me the other day. We had our premiere two nights ago, or maybe it was last night. I can't remember. And she was like, you know, you're so stocky and feisty. And I loved fighting with you. I genuinely think that we matched each other perfectly and so much so, halfway through the fighting, instead of maybe us just calming down and not fighting as hard, she was like, I think we need to put pads on so that we can fight more. - Oh, wow. - Yeah. HOST: So she's all in. - Then we put pads on and we were just jamming each other into mirrors. It was great. - That is so fun. I was also reading that your parents are so very proud of you, even now as you make all of these movies and are becoming a bigger star. They still clip every magazine article. - Oh, yeah. HOST: Every newspaper clipping. - And they don't just get one newspaper. It's like, seven, in case anyone needs one. - That's so precious. They must be very proud. That must be a very big box. - Well, yeah, it's also-- this is a bizarre life that's unfolding. And I think they're just-- they're proud of all of their babies. So whenever there's a clipping, they're like, aha. - I know. As a mom, I totally get it. And I now have my mom's box of clippings. So you will one day really appreciate it. - Receive it and not have a clue what to do with it. - No. It's in a closet, and every once in a while, I put it out in front of my daughter, hoping she might leaf through it. No luck yet, but a girl can dream. - No? HOST: It's so precious of your parents, though. I want to get back to the movie. In one scene, your character cuts off all of her hair. - Yes. - And this was the decision behind the scenes that you and Zach may not have seen eye to eye on? - I thought it was a really important thing to do. I think we meet our character a year later, after this tragic accident, and I just thought it was really important for the audience to see that she is a completely changed and different woman and that she is literally chopping pieces of herself off. And it also, in some way, gets all the Vanity out the window. You don't look at this character in the same way that you probably would do. She is at rock bottom. And she looks wonderfully mad whilst doing so. So I thought it was really important as a performer and also visually for the audience to just see that it's a changed being. HOST: Yeah, I know-- I mean-- - But Zach wasn't very happy about it because it meant that scheduling, it was a nightmare. And he kept coming to me saying, OK, so the thing is it's a great idea. But it's just going to mean that scheduling is nightmare. HOST: The producer was coming out. - Yeah, and I would just turn to him and to be like, you'll figure it out. - You were determined. - Then he would talk to the other producers and talk to the ADs, and they'd be like, Zach, this can't happen. You're going to have to tell her that she cannot do this. - But in the end, he agreed that it really-- it's very symbolic. - I said figure it out. HOST: We know who the boss is. Just before we go, congrats on Dune 2. - Thank you. - That's just wrapped? - Well, I wrapped ages ago. But I think, yeah, they just wrapped before Christmas. FLORENCE PUGH: Anything you can share with us? Because it has such a following. - Absolutely nothing, other than the fact-- HOST: A girl can try. - --other than the fact that I-- yeah, that was as mad for me being on it as it was for people. That movie is just-- I'm so proud and excited to be a part of that world. HOST: I love everything you do. - Thank you. HOST: It was great to see you at the Oscars. You looked beautiful. - Thank you so much. - And looking forward to all the rest, but first, everybody check out A Good Person. FLORENCE PUGH: Yes. - And you are. Thank you so much for bringing us, Florence. - Thank you. Thank you. - A Good Person is in Friday in theaters this Friday. Don't miss it.

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