Category: Interviews

Florence attends the Virtuosos Award at SBIFF

Florence was one of the honorees on this year’s Virtuosos Award at Santa Barbara International Film Festival, alongside George MacKay, Taron Egerton, Awkwafina, Dave Karger, Aldis Hodge, Beanie Feldstein, Cynthia Erivo, and Taylor Russell. The stars were saluted for their work in 2019.

As she walked the red carpet, Florence talked to reporters about working on Little Women, the importance of female stories and more. Check out some of the videos below.

Inside the Arlington Theater, Florence participated in a solo discussion where she talked about the Midsommar script and joining Little Women as well as a group panel with the other honorees. Watch the videos below.

Our gallery has been updated with photos of her arrival and promotional stills. Enjoy!

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Florence covers ES Magazine

Florence graced the cover of December’s issue of ES Magazine.

She talked about her siblings inspiring her portrayal of Amy in Little Women, getting along with her co-stars, feeling insecure about her body in the past and the pressure of Hollywood.

‘When you go out there [LA] as a baby-face, fresh thing who is eager to please, they will make you into whatever they need to make you sell, essentially. You need to know exactly what you are representing when you go into meetings so if someone says, “That’s really cool you don’t pluck your eyebrows,” that you don’t f***ing, like, die and whimper.’ She ups tempo. ‘No I don’t want you to cut my hair. No I don’t want you to wax my upper lip. I have a face and hair grows out of it. Please leave me alone.’

The story came with four beautiful photos shot by Paul McClean and an interview with Rachel Dove that you can check out here.

Our gallery has been updated with the photo session and scans of the printed magazine. Enjoy!

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Florence on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

Florence has made her first late show appearance last Tuesday, December 10. She joined Stephen Colbert to talk about Little Women, working with Meryl Streep and scary movies! Watch the full interview below.

Our gallery has been updated with promotional stills and screen captures of her appearance. Enjoy!

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Florence covers TheWrap’s Oscar magazine

Florence was one of this year’s cover stars in the annual Oscar magazine by TheWrap. Being one of the contenders for this award season, she talked about Fighting With My Family, Midsommar and the upcoming Little Women!

The story came with four beautiful photos shot by Shayan Asgharnia, an article and a video interview by reporter Beatrice Verhoeven that you can check out here.

Our gallery has been updated with the photo session. Enjoy!

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“Black Widow” officially announced at San Diego Comic-Con

Marvel fans have known for quite a while that Marvel Studios was planning a solo movie for their longtime hero Natasha Romanoff, aka Black Widow. As the months went by, casting rumors started to surface on the news but it wasn’t until this Saturday (July 20) that official information about the upcoming movie was out there: “Black Widow”, by Australian director Cate Shortland will premiere on May 1st, 2020 and Florence has been confirmed to play spy and assassin Yelena Belova!

The president of Marvel Studios Kevin Feige confirmed that the film is set after the events of Captain America: Civil War (2016) and before Avengers: Infinity War (2018). He welcomed to the stage Florence, O-T Fagbenle (Mason), David Harbour (Alexei Shostakov/Red Guardian), Rachel Weisz (Melina Vostokoff) and Black Widow herself Scarlett Johansson. They briefly talked about being at Comic-Con – most of them were there for the first time, including Florence -, their characters and being a part of the MCU.

Hall H, the room famously known for holding the event’s biggest presentations, was packed with fans that were lucky enough to see a first look at the movie. Unfortunately, filming was not allowed but here’s a description of the footage, courtesy of Screenrant.

The footage opened with a look back at Black Widow’s journey so far in the MCU, with some of Natasha’s most famous lines of dialogue used as voiceover, including her line about red in her ledger. The new Black Widow footage starts with a shot of Budapest (with location text over the scene in a similar style to Captain America: Civil War). It then focuses in on Natasha in a small city circle, then walking up the stars of an apartment building. Nat pulls her gun when a voice calls through the door of an apartment, “I know you’re out there.” Nat responds, “I know you know I’m out here.”

Nat enters the apartment, there’s a brief shot of a room filled with spy gadgets. She eventually comes face to face with Yelena, they’re both holding they’re guns at each other in identical poses. Nat suggests they talk like grown ups and Yelena tells her to put her gun down first. They start to fight, using classic Black Widow moves, mimicking each other. The fight is absolutely brutal, with both Natasha and Yelena using every weapon at their disposal including dish rags and kitchen knives. The scene cuts to after their fight, Nat says, “It’s good to see you too, sis.”

The footage then features a sizzle reel of quick cuts to a variety of scenes, one of Nat running along a mountain ridge in training gear, a motorcycle chase in what appears to be Budapest, and a shot of what seemed to be a group of Black Widows in the classic black jumpsuit. At the end of the footage, Natasha is confronted by villain Taskmaster on a bridge. He has the character’s shield and mask from the comics, and he mimics all of her fighting moves, proving to be a formidable foe for Natasha.

Our gallery has been updated with all the photos from inside the panel. Enjoy!

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After the presentation inside Hall H, Florence and the cast did some press around the event. They stopped by Entertainment Weekly’s studio to take some Portraits and give them an interview. Check out the video and links to our gallery below.

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Later on, joining SDCC’s press room, Florence and co gave numerous interviews before they left the event to continue shooting the film in London.

“We’re making something that’s beautiful, sad, honest and cool. And it’s about these cool women and it’s exciting to be a part of it.”

“(The story) isn’t necessarily about passing on a mantle, it’s more about they were from the same project (…) they have been hurt in the same ways. And it’s about how they get up and how they fix themselves.”

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Florence’s cultural highlights

Curious to know what kind of stuff Florence is into these days? In a recent interview with The Guardian, she talked about some of her current favorite music and entertainment. Read what she had to say below!

1. MusicÓlafur Arnalds: Re:member
On whatever job that I’m doing, I always end up getting drawn to songs and making a playlist. During Midsommar, I listened heavily to the latest album by the Icelandic musician Ólafur Arnalds, which was a massive help. There were so many things in Midsommar that I didn’t really know how to access, so I always had my headphones at the ready. There’s so much emotion and excitement in his music – it’s sad, but also really hopeful – that it became a way of talking to Ari [Aster, director of Midsommar] about scenes. [Arnalds] has a fantastic way of forcing you to feel, and I find it quite therapeutic to get all of that out. And he once liked a tweet of mine and I nearly died.

2. BookThe Girls by Emma Cline
I tend to start lots of books but not finish them, because I don’t have that much free time, but this was one book that I finished recently and loved. It’s a take on the Manson family, but it’s less about him and more about the connection between two women in the group, and what lust and attraction can make you do. It’s a coming-of-age story as well, and I really loved the way bodies are described and the difference that one summer can make when going through puberty. That was really beautiful to read. It was nice to spend time with the book and soak it all up.

3. TVBig Little Lies, HBO
This was one of my favourite TV series of 2018. I was working with [Big Little Lies star] Alexander Skarsgård last year, and he was going straight from The Little Drummer Girl to working on the second season. I couldn’t believe I had to wait a whole year for it – so this is a really great time for me (I’m one episode in). When it first started, I couldn’t quite believe how fantastic the main actors were. It was just so wicked to watch these five American mums who are supposedly so perfect but are actually a total mess. The way it told the story of domestic abuse was beautifully done and really heartbreaking.

4. PodcastDear Joan and Jericha
This is a podcast in which Vicki Pepperdine and Julia Davis pretend to be two older women who dissect and discuss the biggest issues, which never seem to be bigger than their husbands putting the kettle on or silly stuff like that. It’s done so well that, at first, you don’t know if it’s a joke or not, but after 10 minutes you realise it has to be. I’m a fan of Julia Davis, and I’ve worked with her before [on Fighting With My Family]. This is one of the less dark things she’s done, but it’s very funny and they’re both great to listen to.

5. FilmBooksmart
I went to watch this at the lovely little Phoenix cinema in north London with my mum and my younger sister. I’d done a photoshoot with [director] Olivia Wilde in New York the weekend before, so it was really nice to watch the film after talking to her about it. It’s about two girls graduating from high school who decide to have the night of their lives, because they studied too hard to have fun. It’s a fantastic film that has a different way of viewing bodies and people and romance – and the two main actors, Kaitlyn Dever and Beanie Feldstein, are so bloody brilliant. My mum was laughing just as hard as me and my younger sister.

6. PlayBetrayal at the Harold Pinter theatre, London
I watched this on the closing night a few weeks ago and I’m so glad I managed to catch it. I hadn’t seen the play before – it’s the one that follows a love affair backwards through time – but I’d studied it in school. This production had Zawe Ashton, Tom Hiddleston and Charlie Cox and I just loved watching them all on stage together. The timing was impeccable and the stage direction was so exciting. It was a particular joy to watch Zawe on stage because I’ve been a big lover of her stuff for years. She has such presence and it was nice to see her up there really living that role.