This Moment Between Haley Kalil and Florence Pugh at the Oscars Couldn’t Be Sweeter

The former SI Swimsuit star and actress shared a wholesome interaction on the red carpet.
Haley Kalil and Florence Pugh

Haley Kalil and Florence Pugh.

Content creator and four-time SI Swimsuit model Haley Kalil has become a staple on red carpet events. From the Golden Globes in January to last month’s Grammy Awards, the 31-year-old has been rubbing elbows with everyone from Taylor Swift to Billie Eilish. 

While on the carpet at the 96th annual Academy Awards in Los Angeles on March 10, Kalil shared the sweetest moment with Oppenheimer actress Florence Pugh. She posted the wholesome interaction on Instagram, which captured the two meeting and showering each other with compliments. 

“I saw Dune 2,” Kalil stated as she started bowing. “You did? Oh bless you, thank you so much,” Pugh, 28, replied, before Kalil quickly added “It’s like The Lord of the Rings of this generation.”

Tons of Kalil’s 4.6 million followers chimed in to the comments section to provide feedback on the delightful exchange.

“This is actually the most [kind] celebrity interaction I have ever seen,” one fan stated.


“Haley is us secretly exploding inside meeting all these celebs 💀,” someone else noted.

“Florence proving why she’s a queen✨,” another follower applauded, while someone else wrote “Florence is pure magic and sunshine.”

Meanwhile, a few others took issue with Kalil’s comparison to The Lord of the Rings trilogy. 

“Hmmmmm it’s a good movie by all means but it’s no Lord of the rings,” one person wrote.

“‘Its like the lord of the rings of this generation’ ????- nothing will ever compete against LOTR,” someone else added.

Cara O’Bleness


Cara is a trending news writer/editor for Sports Illustrated Swimsuit. A passionate writer and editor with more than 10 years of experience in print and online media, she loves storytelling and believes that words have the power to change the world. Prior to joining the team, Cara worked as a writer and editor across a number of content verticals, including food, lifestyle, health and wellness, and small business and entrepreneurship. In her free time, Cara loves reading, spending time with her family and making her way through Michigan’s many microbreweries. She is a graduate of Michigan State University's School of Journalism.