- Florence Pugh stars in “A Good Person,” written and directed by Zach Braff.
- The “Scrubs” star wrote the film while he and Pugh were still in a relationship.
- The pair met at the film’s premiere and discussed what it was like to make the film.
Movie fans were shocked in 2019 when Florence Pugh began dating “Scrubs” star Zach Braff, and the couple received a lot of criticism online due to the 21-year age difference between them. Their relationship lasted three years. before they quietly broke up in 2022.
But the actors kept things friendly, even working together on Braff’s latest film, “A Good Person.”
Pugh plays Allison, a woman who becomes addicted to opioids after being involved in a serious car accident.
The film had its London premiere on Wednesday, and the pair reunited to promote “A Good Person.”
Pugh appeared in gray pants, a black top, and black gloves, while Braff donned a purple plaid suit.
The duo participated in a question and answer session (via Variety) at the premiere, and Braff explained that he wrote the film while dealing with the death of his sister and father in 2018, as well as that of his friend, Nick Cordero, in 2020.
He said: “I wanted to tell the story because I was feeling these emotions. I lost a lot of people in my life who were very important to me.”
“Midsommar” and “Black Widow” star Pugh explained how flattered she was that Braff wrote her the part.
She said: “He knows how I talk, he knows how I make people angry, and I think he just put that in his script and I was allowed to come in and fill in what was needed. But reading something that’s dedicated to you, written by someone who knows you so well, is a wonderful gift.”
Pugh also said she didn’t think it was a negative for him to write a destructive role with her in mind. “I wouldn’t necessarily think that’s a bad thing. I think if anything, it means that he could believe that I could do it,” the actor said.
Braff added that he wanted to give Pugh material that would boost her skills because he knew she could do it.
He said: “I’m in awe of his talent. It’s like you’re with the most incredible violinist in the world, and you’re going to write him a piece, you’re not going to write something that’s simple. You’re going to write something that’s going to take them all because you know they can do it.”
Pugh added: “This isn’t the first time I’ve been brought to tears in almost every scene I’ve been in.
“I like finding the ugliness in humans. I love being raw. I love being given a script where I challenge myself and I’ve never chosen a role unless it scared me. And this is someone who knew me , knew my potential, and wanted to work with me.”