Florence Pugh opens up about her rare childhood illness

British actress Florence Pugh was a young breakthrough actress, having starred in the 2019 thriller and horror film ‘Midsommar’ as well as the latest film of the classic novel ‘Little Women’ in the same year, according to IMBd. Marvel fans know her as Yelena Belova, Natasha Romanoff aka Black Widow’s younger “sister”. The Oxford-born actor probably didn’t mind traveling to Norway, Morocco and Budapest for Black Widow, as she spent three years of her childhood in Spain to give her a chance to explore the world as a little girl.

“Even though we moved out [Oxford] For other reasons, looking back on it, I’m so lucky to have had that childhood,” Pugh told The Guardian.[I was] Naked in and out of the sea, biking down the street in underpants and haggling with the candy store owner.”

It seems Pugh is a fan of the great outdoors, having recently guest-starred on Running Wild with Bear Grylls. A preview clip showed the actor and Grylls jumping from a helicopter into a rainforest. She stayed calm, cool and collected throughout the video, even laughing at a joke Grylls made. But with all the action she does, what most people don’t know is that she grew up with a serious and rare respiratory disease.

Florence Pugh had tracheomalacia as a child

Marvel actress Florence Pugh recently starred in an episode of Running Wild with Bear Grylls. According to UNILAD, the actor spoke about a rare condition called tracheomalacia, which she had as a child and which kept her in and out of the hospital between the ages of three and six. The condition of the upper airway causes the walls of the trachea to collapse, making it difficult to breathe. Pugh even mentioned that she moved to Spain from England because of the illness.

“When I was younger [doctors] I was just pointing out that a hotter climate would be better,” the actor said (via People). “From a young age I just had a different respiratory system. But now as an adult, not getting sick doesn’t affect me as intensely as it did when I was younger.”

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This isn’t the first time the Little Women actor has mentioned the condition. In a February 2020 interview with Vogue, Pugh said that nowadays when the condition flares up, it’s just “a very scary cough.” The magazine mentioned that this is why she sometimes has a raspy voice, and it also gave her an “unusually mature singing voice” as a child. We’re glad her condition didn’t stop her from becoming a great actress.