Back in 2021, we reported that Florence Pugh and her then-boyfriend Zach Braff (along with other notable celebrities) were spotted in various Essex County locations for the upcoming film A Good Person. Now, nearly two years later, the pair has been spotted again in South Orange, just in time for A Good Person‘s premiere this Friday, March 24th. Florence + Zach reportedly dined at Fox + Falcon, then posed with fans outside of Cinema Lab after the local theater screened the movie. Read on to learn more about the recent Florence Pugh + Zach Braff sighting in South Orange, New Jersey.
Serendipity in South Orage
Per Jamie Meier, the local resident behind the Instagram account @livelovemaplewood, Cinema Lab in South Orange hosted a special screening for the upcoming film A Good Person yesterday, March 21st. The Zach Braff-directed drama starring Florence Pugh, Morgan Freeman, and other A-List actors was filmed in various Essex County towns (including Zach’s alma mater, Columbia High School in Maplewood), and returned to the Garden State for an exclusive premiere ahead of its release this Friday, March 24th.
It was rumored that Florence + Zach would be introducing the screening, but @livelovemaplewood confirmed that the pair of exes were actually dining at Fox + Falcon in South Orange — good taste if we’ve ever seen it. After dinner, they made their way back to Cinema Lab, and in a chance encounter (read: calculated sleuthing) (also read: we would’ve done the same) Jamie + two young fans introduced themselves. In an Instagram video, Jamie said that Florence + Zach — especially Miss Flo — couldn’t have been kinder, and went out of their way to make friendly conversation with the local residents. See the video below.
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About A Good Person
A Good Person will filmed around Essex County from October 2021 through November 2021. The movie is directed and produced by NJ native Zach Braff and stars Morgan Freeman, Florence Pugh, Zoe Lister-Jones, and Molly Shannon among others.
The synopsis of the movie, per Deadline, is as follows: “A Good Person will follow Allison (Pugh), whose life falls apart following her involvement in a fatal accident. In the following years, it is the unlikely relationship she forms with her would-be father-in-law (Freeman) that helps her live a life worth living.”
A tipster sent celebrity-following Instagram account DeuxMoi a sighting on October 26th from Passaic. According to Backstage, the casting department sought out extras to be part of filming the next day on October 27 in Livingston and “other various NJ areas.” The roles the listing was looking for included soccer players to play on a high school team, a soccer referee, improv comedians, stand-ins, and a stand-in for Florence Pugh.
Morgan Freeman, who won an Oscar in 2005 for Million Dollar Baby, certainly had locals gasping as he made an appearance on Walnut Street in Montclair back in 2021, as posted on the private Facebook page, Secret Montclair.
Most recently, A Good Person, produced by Killer Films and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM), was spotted shooting at Columbia High School in Maplewood, NJ on November 1st and 3rd 2021.
The principal of the high school sent out a message spreading the news. Principal Frank Sanchez stated, “CHS Hall of Fame alum Zach Braff returned to his alma mater on Monday and Wednesday to film scenes from his newest film, A Good Person. The film will star Morgan Freeman, Florence Pugh, Molly Shannon, and our very own Ms. Lindsay Clesmere as ‘Soccer Coach.’ Ritzer Field was used for one of the scenes in the film as well. It is a low-budget movie… At least we have some sharp Columbia uniforms making an appearance in the film!”
We can’t wait to see A Good Person in theaters this Friday. In the meantime, follow The Montclair Girl on Instagram for more news of filming taking place in the Garden State. DM us any sightings or email us any news tips to firstname.lastname@example.org.