Olivia Wilde is on rumor patrol — and there’s no shortage of them.
The Don’t worry Darling director-actor addresses with Vanity fair what he calls “baseless rumours” and “cyberbullying” surrounding the film and its tense premiere at the Venice Film Festival on Monday. She also slams the “complete horses***” idea that she dumped Jason Sudeikis for Harry Styles – and doubled down on her claim that she fired Sia La Beef.
“No amount of cyberbullying can make me question my faith in a film that was made collectively by so many brilliant people,” Wilde told the report days after the film’s star, Florence Pugh, seemingly ignored her on the red carpet and cast member Chris Pine. he had to publicly deny that Stiles spat on him. (Stiles captured loogie-gate onstage Wednesday night.) “We’ve worked too hard and been through too much together to be derailed by something that really has nothing to do with filmmaking.”
Regarding Pugh in particular, he said: “Florence’s performance in this film is amazing. It just baffles me that the media prefers to focus on baseless rumors and gossip, thereby overshadowing her profound talent. She deserves more from it. As did the film and everyone who worked so hard on it.”
As for the lack of promotion of the film by Pugh — who attended the press conference and reportedly won’t attend the upcoming New York premiere — Wilde said, “Florence is one of the most sought-after actresses in the universe. She’s on set Dune. I understand that some people expect her to be more involved in social media. I didn’t hire her to post. I hired her to play. She lived up to every expectation I had of her. That’s all that matters to me.”
Wilde also discussed LaBeouf. He was originally hired to play Jack, a role that later went to Stiles. Wilde claimed he fired him, citing his combative energy on set, and Labev, who has since faced allegations of abuse, denied it. He insisted he quit because of Pugh’s unavailability for rehearsals and released texts and a video he said Wilde sent him to support his claim. (In the video, Wilde talked about “Miss Flo” needing a wake-up call — something that certainly wouldn’t have thrilled Pugh when it was released.)
It was said that Pugh, whose character Alice is married to Jack, was uncomfortable with LaBeouf’s behavior in pre-production in 2020. As a result, Wilde — protecting Pugh — personally called LaBeouf and fired him. He said, “This matter is much more detailed than can be explained in private texts released out of context. All I will say is that he was replaced and there was no follow-up with him. I wish him the best in his recovery.”
Styles replaced LaBeouf — and at one point began a relationship with Wilde, who had broken up with Ted Lasso star. Wilde shot down rumors that her relationship was distracting her from directing – and that sparked tension with Pooh as well.
“The idea that I had five seconds a day to distract myself from anything is ridiculous,” Wilde said. “I was there before everyone else. I was there after everyone. And it was a dream. It’s not that this job wasn’t enjoyable. It was just comprehensive.”
Wilde also addressed rumors that her relationship with the pop star began before she called off her engagement to Sudeikis, with whom she has two children.
“The whole horse*** idea that I left Jason for Harry is completely inaccurate,” Wilde said. “Our relationship was over long before I met Harry. Like any relationship that ends, it doesn’t end overnight. Unfortunately, Jason and I had a very bumpy road and we officially broke up around the start of the pandemic. We were Raising two children during lockdown, so we co-parented during that time.Once it became clear that living together was no longer in the children’s best interests, it became the responsibility not, because we could be better parents as friends who live in different houses.’
She went on to call out Sudeikis for saying they broke up in November 2020 when they parted ways early in the lockdown.
“I don’t understand the need to create false narratives and drama around these kinds of things,” he said. “It’s like, haven’t kids been through enough?” She added that she was “up front” with children Otis, 8, and Daisy, 5, about the situation, saying: “They understand the concept of making decisions to protect yourself and live an authentic, happy life. . I evolved a lot between the ages of 27 and 35. I found myself as a director. And I think I found myself as a person. And sometimes when you evolve, you evolve from relationships that were based on a previous version of yourself.”
Wilde spoke again about Sudeikis filing her legal papers on stage at CinemaCon earlier this year amid their custody battle. While she denied knowing when she would be served, Wilde said she felt she was being planned to “disrupt” her big moment.
“So many people were shocked on my behalf. Unfortunately, I wasn’t that shocked. There’s a reason I didn’t stay in this relationship. Unfortunately, that was in line with my relationship experience. So I was probably the least shocked, but I was also sad. of it — and it disturbed me in many ways… I know it took an extraordinary amount of energy [for the server] to enter this room. It took a tremendous amount of foresight. And I’ll tell you, there are so many other ways to do this. I’m not someone who stays hidden. If this experience was not public, I would never talk about it, because I would never want my children to know that it happened. Unfortunately, they will know that this happened.”
She said her split from Sudeikis has led to constant criticism from the public about how she lives her life now that they have split custody and have the kids every other week.
“I’ve had women judge me for breaking up with Jason,” she said. “There are people who feel they have the right to hurl horrible insults at me and my family. Telling me I’m a terrible mother. Threatening me and my children or saying I should lose my children… When they’re with the father them, I trust him to be a great parent. So when he’s not with me, I get on with my life. But the judgment I’ve seen from people about my life…”
Wilde talked a bit about her romantic styles. After explaining her hesitation (“When you open the window, you can’t go crazy when the mosquitoes come in”), she talked about going to his shows. Love on Tour. He marveled at how happy he made the mostly female audience. He spoke of his “beautiful and loving group” of fans. She said she would marry again – using her parents as an example of the right kind of partnership.
“It’s incredibly supportive and they’ve grown, individually and as a couple, through so many unexpected twists,” she said. “They’re best friends. And I think that’s what marriage really is. It’s a commitment to a better friendship. And a partnership. I think now I really understand what that means.”