“Don’t Worry Darling” director Olivia Wilde starring Florence Pugh

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Olivia Wilde Talks ‘Don’t Worry My Love’ (Photo: Rachel Murray/Getty Images for MAKERS)

Olivia Wilde continues to lavish praise on Florence Pugh, the leading lady of the much talked about Don’t worry deardespite rumors the two clashed on set.

“She’s tremendously talented,” Wilde said of Pugh in a conversation with fellow actress and director Maggie Gyllenhaal, published Thursday by Interview magazine. “She was so persistent in seeking the most authentic version of herself in every moment. She also knew that my real goal was to create a love story that was so honest between her and Harry that people wouldn’t be able to not fall in love with it. pair of. It had to be a love that felt real — it had to be passionate, but with texture. I wanted so badly to have a nuanced, layered relationship that people would buy into even though at times they knew in the film that they shouldn’t. Even when the movie suggests you challenge them, I wanted you to fight it.”

The film, which opens on September 23, stars Pugh and Harry Styles as a young couple living in a utopian community in the 1950s, which, as Pugh’s Alice discovers, is more sinister than meets the eye.

The fact that Styles befriended Wilde during filming has been cited as a source of tension, but here Wilde only said that Pugh and Styles are both “very lovely people”.

He described working with Styles, in particular, as “awesome.”

“I love working with musicians and dancers because in their work you have no choice but to go 100 percent. If a dancer doesn’t go 100 percent, they get hurt. it doesn’t work,” said Wilde. “I was directing a Red Hot Chili Peppers music video and I noticed that the band, even in the 20th take, was coming out in their body, through their fingers, because the song doesn’t really work if you sing it at 50. I remember thinking, “Man, if the actors thought about it like that, would it change any of what we see out there?”

With Styles, “it was like there was no choice for him but to work as hard as possible and commit to the stage as hard as possible,” he said. “He never holds back,” even if he was far away from the camera.

She noted that her longtime boyfriend Chris Pine, who plays the founder of the Victory Project, also impressed her, though she felt he was probably doing her a favor.

When Gyllenhaal said Pine is “wonderful” in the film, Wilde agreed it’s “terrifying.”

“We based this character on this madman, Jordan Peterson, who is this pseudo-intellectual hero in the incel community,” Wilde explained.

If there was any talk of one-time cast member Shia LaBoeuf, then he failed to make the cut.

The Rush The actress said she is part of the cast of the psychological thriller out of necessity.

“We basically ran out of money and I needed someone who would take a very low salary, but I wanted it to be someone who understood the role,” he said. “It got to the point where it was down to the wire and our casting director said, ‘Olivia, why don’t you do it?’ The funny thing is, when I asked my filmmaker friends what that experience would be like, I happened to ask a bunch of dudes and they all said, ‘Oh, it’s so great.'”

But they were all men, including “big supporter” Bradley Cooper. Wilde felt differently.

“What I realized once I started was that all these men had done it in comfortable shoes and I swear part of it was that I was wearing a bustier and heels and a wig,” she said. “They were coming at me making these necessary but frustrating contacts every second, and I said, ‘I’ve got to be on the screen, I’ve got to be in charge.’ I found it very difficult.”

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