Olivia Wilde Dismisses ‘Endless Tabloid Gossip’ and Dodges Shia LaBeouf’s Press Conference Question

Olivia Wilde dodged a question about Shia LaBeouf and was asked to “clear the air” about a rumored feud with Florence Pugh at the Venice Film Festival. Do not worry darling Press conference.

On Monday, the director/actress, 38, spoke to reporters about her new thriller in a panel alongside cast members Chris Pine, Harry Styles and Gemma Chan. When a reporter praised the performances and said it was a “shame” that Pugh, 26, was absent, they asked: “Can you clear the air and address if there was a fall out there and if so why? Because it’s something people are talking about ».

Pugh is currently filming Dune: Part Two and flies to Venice from the set and doesn’t land until after the press conference, which was always the plan, sources told PEOPLE Sunday. She is expected to attend the film’s premiere and red carpet later Monday.

Wilde replied: “Florence is a force and we are so grateful that she is able to make it tonight despite being in production on Dune. I know, as a director, how annoying it is to lose an actor even for a day, so I’m very grateful to her, to Denis Villeneuve, for helping us. And we’re really excited to celebrate her work tonight. I can’t say enough how honored I am to have her as our leader. She’s amazing in the movie.”

“As for all the endless tabloid gossip and all the noise out there, I mean, the Internet feeds itself,” he continued. “I don’t feel the need to contribute. He’s eating well enough.”

The next question was closed by moderator Giulia D’Agnolo Vallan after a reporter from The Hollywood Reporter asked about the “buzz” surrounding the film, particularly LaBeouf’s exit from the project. “I think that question has been answered when he talked about the internet,” Vallan said, moving on to the next question.

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In reply to Wilde’s remarks on an August Variety cover about his firing, LaBeouf offered an alternative take on what led to his departure, sharing an email with the outlet that he said he sent to the manager. In it, he wrote, “You and I know the reasons for my exit. I quit your film because your actors and I could not find time for rehearsals.”

“My firing never happened, Olivia,” added the 36-year-old actor. “And while I fully understand the appeal of pushing this story because of the current social landscape, the social currency it brings. It’s not the truth. So I’m humbly asking you, as a person who wants to fix things, to fix the narrative as best you can.”

Styles, 28, eventually landed the role LaBeouf had previously cast opposite Pugh.

VENICE, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 05: Olivia Wilde arrives at Casino Palace during the 79th Venice International Film Festival on September 5, 2022 in Venice, Italy.  (Photo by Franco Origlia/Getty Images)

VENICE, ITALY – SEPTEMBER 05: Olivia Wilde arrives at Casino Palace during the 79th Venice International Film Festival on September 5, 2022 in Venice, Italy. (Photo by Franco Origlia/Getty Images)

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In her initial comments about LaBeouf’s departure to VarietyWilde began by praising the actor’s work, while claiming that his working style was not conducive to the on-set environment she prefers to maintain.

“I say this as someone who is such a fan of his work,” he said at the time. “His process was not conducive to the ethos I require in my productions. He has a process that, in a way, seems to require a combative energy, and I personally don’t think that’s conducive to the best performances.”

He added, “I think creating a safe environment of trust is the best way to get people to do their best work. Ultimately, it’s my responsibility to the production and the cast to protect them. That was my job.”

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Shia LaBeouf, Olivia Wilde, Florence Pugh

Shia LaBeouf, Olivia Wilde, Florence Pugh

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LaBeouf said in his email to Wilde that he was “very honored” by the praise for his work, but was “a little confused about the narrative that I was fired.”

In the clarifications to Variety, included emails and videos he allegedly received from Wilde, including a clip in which Wilde asked LaBeouf not to abandon the project and referred to tension between him and actor Pugh. The video has since been leaked online.

In the video, she says, “I feel like I’m not ready to give up yet, and I’m also heartbroken and I want to figure it out. You know, I think this might be a little bit of a wake-up call Miss Flo, and I want to know if you’re ready to try it with me, with us. peace—and I respect your opinion, I respect hers—but if you can do it, what do you think? Is there hope? Is there hope? Will you let me know?”

Do not worry darling hits theaters September 23.

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