Olivia Wilde isn’t mincing her words when it comes to her custody battle with ex Jason Sudeikis.
The Do not worry darling director was reported to have been served with legal documents on stage at CinemaCon in April in a new interview with Variety. He described it as “bad” and suggested it Ted Lasso The star was trying to “sabotage” her as she was in the middle of a presentation to sell her film to cinema owners from around the world. But Wilde — who shares Otis, 8, and Daisy, 5, with Sudeikis — added she wasn’t surprised.
“It was my workplace,” said Wilde, who was with Sudeikis for nine years until the end of 2020 — and then started dating. Do not worry darling star Harry Styles. “In any other workplace, it would have been considered an assault. It was really upsetting. It shouldn’t have happened. There was a huge security breach, which is really scary. The hurdles you had to jump to get into that room with a lot of badges, as well as special tests for COVID that had to be done days in advance, which gave you wristbands that were necessary to gain access to the event — that was something that required foresight.”
“I hated that this nastiness was distracting from the work of so many different people and the studio I was representing up there,” said Wilde, who took the file from the process server and calmly continued her presentation. “Trying to sabotage that was really mean. But I had a job to do. I’m not easily distracted… But, you know, unfortunately, it wasn’t something that surprised me. I mean, there’s a reason I got out of that relationship.”
For his part, Sudeikis said at the time he had “no prior knowledge of the time or place” Wilde would be served, as it is up to the company’s service process. Further, “She would never forgive being served in such an improper manner.” A New York judge has since denied Sudeikis’ petition asking Otis and Daisy to stay with him in New York. (Before Wilde and Sudeikis split, they split their time between London and Los Angeles after leaving New York.)
Wilde said that “the only people who suffered” from the CinemaCon debacle “were my children, because they would have to see this, and they would never have to know that it happened. To me, it was horrible, but the victims were an 8- and 5-year-old, and that’s really sad. I chose to be an actor, I willingly stepped into the limelight. But it’s not something my kids asked for. And when my kids get dragged into it, it’s deeply painful.”
Wilde also opened up about their custody arrangement, saying they split custody with the exchange happening every week. She said that when she is with the children – in London, where she is based – she is devoted to them 24/7, making them breakfast and tucking them in at night.
“It’s my world,” he said. “They are my best friends.”
Wilde just wishes she had more privacy as her family continues to transition into her new form.
“Over the last two years, my family has gone through this kind of restructuring and a revolution that should be a completely personal experience,” he said. “And it’s not. The most painful part was women shaming me for making a decision that was for my own health and happiness.”
Wilde was nonchalant in the interview, also talking about why she fired Shia LaBeouf — who came with no shortage of baggage — from Do not worry darling. Styles was his replacement playing opposite Florence Pugh.
“I say that as someone who is such a fan of his work,” Wilde said of LaBeouf. “His process was not conducive to the ethos I require in my productions. He has a process that, in a way, seems to require combative energy, and I personally don’t think it’s conducive to the best performances.”
After LaBeouf was fired, FKA Twigs filed a sexual assault lawsuit against LaBeouf, her ex-partner.
“A lot came to light after that that really troubled me, in terms of his behavior,” Wilde said. “I find myself really wishing him well and moving forward because I believe in restorative justice. But for our film, what we really needed was an energy that was incredibly supportive. Especially with a film like this, I knew I was going to ask Florence to She was in very vulnerable situations and my priority was to make her feel safe and make her feel supported.”
And while there were no shortage of rumors of a rift between Wilde and Pugh, the home The alum praised her, saying she was “blown away by” Pugh in the 2019 film Midsommar. “I liked the movie, but I loved it. I was like, ‘Well, it’s great. She is clearly the most exciting young actress working today.”
It should be noted that Pugh declined to be interviewed for the story. There has been speculation that Pugh felt that Wilde and Styles’ romance overshadowed the play. Pugh herself was critical that her sex scenes were so prominent in the film’s first trailer.
“There’s been a lot out there that I largely don’t pay attention to,” Wilde said of the rumored drama. “But the absurdity of the contrived clickbait and the subsequent backlash about a non-existent pay between our leads and supporting actors really upset me. I’m a woman who’s been in this business for over 20 years and it’s something I’ve fought for myself and others, especially as a director. There is absolutely no merit to these claims.”
Wilde was also tight-lipped about her romance with Styles, which she sparked on set as her relationship with Sudeikis ended. They were first seen together holding hands in January 2021.
“I’m not going to say anything about it because I’ve never seen a relationship benefit from being dragged into the public arena,” Wilde said. “We are both doing everything we can to protect our relationship. I think it’s from experience, but also just from deep love.”
She criticized the way their relationship was covered – and the double standards she sees. She’s been judged for dating a younger man, as Styles is 10 years her junior, and she’s labeled as an absent mom when she’s out with him.
“When people see me not with my kids, it’s always, ‘How dare she,'” Wilde said. “I’ve never seen anyone say that about a man. And if he’s with his kid, he’s a hero.”
Wilde and Styles addressed the “hate energy” towards their relationship in one Rolling rock interview earlier this week: