Olivia Wilde is voicing her concern about the racy claims about Dont Worry Darling.
The 1950s psychological thriller has already sent shockwaves ahead of its release on September 23. From the viral 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 resigned from the film or was fired, the 1950s-set thriller has already caused pop culture shock.
Wilde addressed for the first time in a new cover story with Vanity Fair that lead singer Pugh, who is rumored to have been paid a fraction of Pop star Styles' salary, was actually ghost-directed scenes for the film. Styles and Wilde, who also plays in a supporting role, are now romantic partners off-screen.
Wilde said it is ironic that now, with my second film, which is again about the incredible power of women, what we were capable of doing when we came together, and how easy it is to strip a woman of power by using other women to judge and shame them, I am talking about this. It's not like this work was not enjoyable. It's just all-encompassing.
According to Vanity Fair, the rumor that Wilde and Styles connected to Pugh feeling neglected or otherwise alienated, and that Pugh and/or the cinematographer even had to direct some scenes, reflects the prejudice that female directors and actresses face.
According to the Booksmart director, it is very rare that people appreciate women in power the most. I think they rarely give us the benefit of the doubt. Florence did what I asked her to do, and she did it with such skill. She blew me away. Every day I was in awe of her, and we worked very well together.
Wilde noted that Pugh preferred to alter her character.
While everyone else is at a dinner party like, La-di-da, smoking cigarettes, Wilde said. She often just needed the time and space to focus, so the way I supported her was to give her space and to be there when she needed anything.
Florence's performance in this film, according to Wilde, is astounding. It's strange to me that the media would rather concentrate on superficial gossip and lies, thus overshadowing her incredible talent. She deserves more. And so does the film and everyone who worked so hard on it.
Dont Worry Darling's cinematographer Matthew Libatique described the film as one of the finest harmonious movies Ive ever seen, and that he is in the midst of a storm.
Wilde stated that LaBeoufs' departure was due to an attempt for Pugh to be safe on set. She echoed her recollection. Im like a mother wolf, she said. Making the call was difficult, but in a way he understood. I don't think it would have been a process he enjoyed.
Wilde said of LaBeouf: "He comes to his work with a maturity that can be ruthless." It wasnt the ethos that I wanted in my films. I want him to recover and develop because I think it's a huge loss to the film industry when someone that talented is unable to work."
LaBeouf leaked phone messages between himself and Wilde, as well as a video of Wilde saying LaBeouf's concerns over Pugh's alleged discomfort may be a wake up call for Pugh. A source claimed LaBeouf offered an ultimatum: him or Pugh, and that she allowed LaBeouf to believe she would finish the film.
Wilde succinctly states that he was removed, and there was no choice to go forward with him. I wish him the best in his recovery.
Wilde disputed Pugh's lack of social media posting for the film, claiming that the film's set malfunctioned. The Oscar nominee will not be at the film's New York premiere.
Florence is one of the most sought-after actors in the world, according to Wilde. She's on set with Dune. I'm certain that others will want her to engage more on social media. I didn't hire her to write. I hired her to act. She fulfilled every single requirement I had of her. It's all that matters to me.
Wilde concluded, No amount of internet bullying will cause me to resent my belief in a film made collectively by so many brilliant individuals. We worked too hard, and went through too much together, to be slammed by something that really has nothing to do with filmmaking.