Harper's Bazaar (USA)



has to pick up the pieces of her life after a sudden tragedy. Braff wrote the script with Pugh in mind. “The movie that we made together genuinely was probably one of my most favorite experience­s,” says Pugh. “It felt like a very natural and easy thing to do.”

It also helped her realize how she wants to work going forward. “I feel like I am now getting into this groove in my career where I’m knowing what I can take, what I give, and what I will not accept anymore,” says Pugh, who also appears this fall in Sebastián Lelio’s sweeping Netflix film The Wonder, just wrapped work on Christophe­r Nolan’s Oppenheime­r, and began shooting Denis Villeneuve’s Dune: Part Two over the summer. “Being on these last few movies with some of the greats has been truly a wonderful way to kick myself back into the mode of ‘This is what you want to do.’ ”

Still, some at least have remained unfazed by all the buzz. “I went to see my gran, and she goes, ‘So what’s all of this business about your nipples, then?’ ” Pugh recalls. Pugh showed her a few photos. “She gasped,” Pugh says. “Because the dress was so beautiful.”

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