Olivia Wilde: Bad movies prepared me for directing – Film News | Film-News.co.uk


Olivia Wilde says making “s***** movies” helped prepare her for directing.

The 38-year-old star has directed the highly anticipated new film ‘Don’t Worry Darling’, which stars Harry Styles and Florence Pugh in the lead roles, and has revealed his unforgettable acting experiences shaped his approach behind the camera.

In a conversation with Maggie Gyllenhaal for Interview Magazine, Olivia said: “It helps me deal with all the feelings about movies that I don’t think are great when I watch them back, and it helps me understand them in the context of my proxy film. school experience. I’ve done 5,000 times more s***** movies than you.”

She continued, “I’ve been in some really bad movies, and now I’m thinking, ‘I made these to learn all the cautionary tales that would help define me as a director: how I won’t speak never to a crew, how I’ll never talk to actors, how I’ll never schedule a movie. It all comes from those bad experiences.”

Olivia recalled how working with Mark Duplass on 2015 horror film “The Lazarus Effect” had a lasting impact on her journey into directing.

The ‘Booksmart’ filmmaker said: “I remember doing this little horror movie with Mark Duplass many years ago, and he understood so much about this really terrible schedule we had.

“The movie was very difficult for all these seemingly avoidable reasons, so I went back to the trailer and wanted to talk some crazy bullshit. And Mark said, ‘Until you make a movie, you can’t really understand how difficult it is. Go straight, go produce, and then you’ll understand,” and he was right.

Olivia has a supporting role in ‘Don’t Worry Darling’ and revealed she only cast herself out of necessity.

She explained: “We were basically out of money and I needed someone who would accept a very low salary, but I wanted someone who understood the role.

“It got to the point where it was over time and our casting director said, ‘Olivia, why don’t you do it? “”


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