Olivia Wilde has spoken out about the “internet bullying” she has been subjected to don’t worry darling Theatre.
Wilde directs and stars in the psychological thriller, which stars Florence Pugh and Harry Styles and has been plagued by rumors of feuds and on-set arguments over the treatment of its leads.
Media frenzy surrounding the film reached new heights when the film premiered at the Venice Film Festival on Monday (September 5).
Many have theorized that Wilde and Piugh are at odds for a number of reasons. The first reason comes from the belief that Wilde encouraged original star Shia LaBeouf to stay on the project, despite Pugh not being comfortable with his presence.
LaBeouf made this claim after Wilde told it diversity that she actually fired him to create a “safe, trusting environment” on set, and stated that his acting process “was not conducive to the ethos” she demands in her productions.
LaBeouf shared a video message from Wilde, which he claims but denies vanity fair reports that the video aired before Pugh voiced her doubts about LaBeouf as a co-star.
Another rumor has it that Wilde was so in love with Styles, who she is now dating, that she left Pugh to fend for herself on set. Throughout the day of the film’s Venice premiere, internet detectives watched every movement of Wilde and Pugh to see if they were interacting.
Wilde has now spoken out against the “baseless rumours” surrounding the film vanity fair: “No amount of internet bullying can make me question my belief in a film made by so many brilliant people together.
“We’ve worked too hard and been through too much together to be thrown off course by something that really has nothing to do with filmmaking.”
Of the latter rumor, Wilde said: “It’s very rare that people expect the best from women in power. I think they don’t often give us the benefit of the doubt. Florence did the job I hired her for and she did it exquisitely. She blew my mind. I was in awe of her every day and we worked very well together.”
She continued, “It’s ironic that now my second film, it’s about the incredible power of women, what we are capable of when we unite, and how easy it is to take power away from a woman by… other women she uses to judge and shame – we talk about it.”
don’t worry darling hits theaters on September 23rd. Read The Independent‘s review here.
https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/films/news/olivia-wilde-dont-worry-darling-florence-pugh-b2162667.html Olivia Wilde addresses claims that she ‘neglected’ Florence Pugh on the set of Don’t Worry Darling.