Olivia Wilde has addressed the “baseless” rumors about her feud with Don’t Worry Darling star Florence Pugh.
The British filmmaker and actress have long been dogged by speculation that they didn’t get along while making the psychological thriller. Their appearance at the Venice Film Festival earlier this week made matters worse as they neither posed together nor appeared to share eye contact when the film received a standing ovation, while Florence barely mentioned Wilde or the film on social networks.
Responding to rumors ahead of the premiere, Olivia told Vanity Fair magazine, “Florence is one of the most in-demand actresses in the universe. She’s on the set of Dune. I guess some people are expecting that. “She’s engaging more on social media. I didn’t hire her to post. I hired her to perform. She lived up to every expectation I had of her. That’s all matters to me.
After the drama surrounding their Venice press tour, Olivia added, “Florence’s performance in this film is stunning. I find it simply baffling that the media is instead focusing on baseless rumors and gossip, overshadowing her talent. deep. She deserves more than that. Just like the movie, and everyone who worked so hard on it.”
Rumor has it Olivia neglected or alienated Pugh because she was so in love with their co-star Harry Styles. Olivia and Harry are now dating.
Responding to the claim, the 38-year-old insisted that “the idea that I had five seconds in the day to be distracted by anything is laughable”.
However, she noted that she often gives the Black Widow star space to focus on her character’s headspace.
“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 up to him. giving space and being there if she needed anything. Florence was very focused on delivering this performance, which I can assure you took all of her energy.” explained Olivia.
Reflecting on the drama surrounding her film, the Booksmart director told the magazine after Venice: “No amount of bullying on the internet can make me question my belief in a film made collectively by so many brilliant people. We have worked too hard and we’ve been through too much together, derailed by something that really has nothing to do with cinema.”