Olivia Wilde discusses rumoured scandal with ‘Don’t Worry Darling’ actress Florence Pugh at Venice Film Festival – and sidesteps a question about Shia LaBeouf
On Monday, the director attended a press conference with movie stars Harry Styles, Gemma Chen and Chris Pine.
A reporter asked Wilde to “clarify” the “falling out” with Pugh, who was absent – as expected – to speak to the media but will be at the film’s premiere on Monday.
“Florence is a force and we’re so grateful she was able to make it tonight, even though she’s making ‘Dune,’” Wilde said.
“As a director, I know how destructive even one day’s loss of an actor can be, so I’m so grateful to her and Denis Villeneuve for helping us – we’re really excited to celebrate her tonight work.”
“I can’t say enough about how honored I am to have her as our leader. She’s great in the movie,” she continued.
“As for all the endless tabloid gossip and all the noise out there, I mean, the internet itself provides the information. I don’t feel the need to contribute, I think it’s nourishing enough,” Wilde said.
July, a Insiders told Page Six Styles and Wilde’s romance with the “Black Widow” star “didn’t go well” on set, as Wilde was allegedly still with her ex-partner Jason Sudeikis.
Styles and Wilde — who have been dating for nearly two years — were visibly split between Chan and Pine in panel discussions and photo calls.
Rumors also circulated that Pugh was paid less than Styles, According to The Hollywood Reportermaking $700,000 compared to Styles’ $2.5 million — something Wilde denies, saying “there’s no validity.”
As for the drama surrounding Shia LaBeouf: He originally landed the role of Styles, but left the film in the fall of 2020. Wilde told Variety that LaBeouf was fired from the project, saying his acting process was “not conducive to my spirit and the needs in my work” and that his departure meant keeping Pugh “safe” on set.
On Monday, the panel’s moderator shut down reporters’ questions about the actor, saying it had been answered because “it’s on the Internet,” Variety Report.
However, the “Dear Boy” actor is back with receipts that include emails he allegedly explained He left the film due to lack of rehearsal time posted a video Wilde apparently begged him not to walk away.
“Don’t Worry, Darling” premiered Monday at the Venice Film Festival and opens on September 23.
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