Pugh and Braff dated for three years before calling it quits on their relationship in 2022. The "Don't Worry Darling" actor confirmed their split to Harper's Bazaar in August 2022. "We've been trying to do this separation without the world knowing because it's been a relationship that everybody has an opinion on," Pugh explained. "We just felt something like this would really do us the benefit of not having millions of people telling us how happy they are that we're not together. So we've done that. I automatically get a lumpy throat when I talk about it."
The pair — who were first linked in April 2019 after working together on Braff's short film "In the Time It Takes to Get There" — have remained on good terms, even raving about each other while doing press for their 2023 film "A Good Person."
When POPSUGAR asked Braff if he could name a woman in the industry that has inspired him or impacted his life, he replied, "Florence Pugh," he gushed. "One of the most incredible actors in the world."
Pugh, meanwhile, told USA Today that making the film was a "truly unique and really special experience." "It was a very natural process," she said of working with Braff. "It seemed fitting to be part of the conversations and discussing it with him and throwing ideas around. We were very good at collaborating together."
Braff also opened up to USA Today about how he had written the film while in lockdown with Pugh. "We were dating at the time and did lockdown together, so there was a lot of conversation about it," he shared. "I would come up from a day's worth of writing and say, 'Hey, I'm thinking this is going to happen' or 'I discovered this idea,' and she would weigh in. She became a really great sounding board."