“We worked very well together”

Olivia Wilde Opens Up About Wild ‘Don’t Worry Darling’ Rumors

From the Venice Film Festival red carpet interactions between Harry Styles, Florence Pugh, Chris Pine and director Wilde, to the debate over whether or not Shia LaBeouf quit the film or was fired, the 1950s psychological thriller has already sparked pop culture. waves ahead of its September 23rd release.

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In a new cover story with Vanity Fair, Wilde revealed for the first time that star Pugh, who is rumored to have received a fraction of pop star Styles’ salary for her role, actually ghosted scenes for the film. Styles and Wilde, who also stars in a supporting role, are now romantic partners off-screen.

“It’s ironic that now, with my second film – which is again about the incredible power of women, what we can do when we come together and how easy it is to remove a woman from power by using other women to judge and shame on them — that’s what we’re talking about,” Wilde said. “The idea that I had five seconds a day to distract myself from anything is ridiculous,” he says. “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.”

According to Vanity Fair, the rumor that Wilde and Styles’ relationship led to Pugh feeling “neglected or otherwise alienated, and that Pugh and/or the cinematographer had to stage some scenes” epitomizes the misogyny faced by women directors and actors, as Wilde argued. .

“It’s very rare that people get the best of women in power,” said the director of Booksmart. “I think they don’t often give us the benefit of the doubt. Florence did the job I hired her to do and she did it brilliantly. It blew me away. Every day I was in awe of her and we worked really well together.”

Wilde noted that Pugh also preferred to get into character on her own.

“He’s having a cataclysmic existential meltdown while everyone else is at a dinner party like ‘La-di-da,’ smoking cigarettes,” Wilde added. “My tendency is to be everyone’s best friend and socialize, and I think she often just needed time and space to focus, so the way I supported her was to give her space and be there if she needed anything. Florence was very focused on performing this performance, which I can assure you took all her energy.’

Wilde continued, “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 than that. As does the film, and everyone who worked so hard on it.”

“Don’t Worry Darling” cinematographer Matthew Libatique said the film had one of the “most harmonious sets I’ve ever played, and I’m in the middle of the storm.”

Wilde previously stated that LaBeouf’s exit was due to an effort to make Pugh feel “safe” on set. In Vanity Fair, Wilde echoed her recollection. “My responsibility was to her. I’m like a mother wolf,” she said. “Making the call was difficult, but somehow he understood. I don’t think it would have been a process he liked.”

Of LaBeouf, Wilde said, “He comes to his work with an intensity that can be combative. It was not the ethos I require in my productions. I want him to do well and grow because I think it’s a great loss to the film industry when someone so talented can’t work.”

LaBeouf leaked text messages between himself and Wilde, as well as a video of Wilde saying that LaBeouf’s frustration over a lack of rehearsal time could be a “wake-up call” for Pugh. Wilde told Vanity Fair that the viral video was sent to LaBeouf before she knew about Pugh’s alleged affliction. A source claimed LaBeouf offered an ultimatum: him or Pugh. Wilde said the situation was “much more nuanced than can be explained in private texts released out of context” and that she allowed LaBeouf to believe she was leaving the film.

“All I will say is that he was replaced and there was no development with him,” Wilde summarized. “I wish him all the best in his recovery.”

As for the alleged tension between the “Don’t Worry Darling” cast members, including the “ridiculous story” that Styles spat on his co-star Pine, as Pine’s rep called it, Wilde spoke on the assumption that the Pugh hasn’t been posting on social media because the movie is due to a bad experience on set. Pugh attended the Venice Film Festival premiere but did not attend the press conference. the Oscar nominee also won’t be at the film’s New York premiere.

“Florence is one of the most sought-after actresses in the universe,” Wilde said. “He’s on the set of ‘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 concluded, “No amount of cyberbullying can make me question my faith in a film made collectively by so many brilliant people. We’ve worked too hard and been through too much together to be derailed by something that really has nothing to do with filmmaking.”

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