Olivia Wilde: I Didn’t Hire Florence Pugh To Post To Social Media
Olivia Wilde is clearing up rumors surrounding herself and her Don’t Worry Darling co-stars in a new interview with Vanity Fair.
Speaking on Florence Pugh’s starring role in the film, Wilde noted that the actress “just needed the time and space to focus.” She added, “So the way I supported her was to give her space and to be there if she needed anything. Florence was very focused on turning out that performance, which I can assure you took all of her energy.”
Matthew Libatique, the cinematographer of the film, backed up Wilde’s claims. “It was one of the most harmonious sets I’ve ever been on, and I’m in the middle of the storm.”
Wilde attributed Pugh’s silence on promoting the film to her being “one of the most in-demand actresses in the universe. She’s on set on Dune. I gather that some people expect for her to be engaging more on social media. I didn’t hire her to post. I hired her to act. She fulfilled every single expectation I had of her. That’s all that matters to me.”
Following the clear tension between castmates at the Venice Film Festival earlier this week, Wilde’s stance on Pugh and her team remained strong. “Florence’s performance in this film is astounding,” Wilde said. “It’s just baffling to me that the media would rather focus on baseless rumors and gossip, thereby overshadowing her profound talent. She deserves more than that. As does the movie, and everyone who worked so hard on it.”
Speaking on her personal relationship with ex-fiance Jason Sudeikis, Wilde addressed the speculation of overlap between her breakup and her relationship beginning with Harry Styles. “The complete horses— idea that I left Jason for Harry is completely inaccurate,” she says. “Our relationship was over long before I met Harry. Like any relationship that ends, it doesn’t end overnight. Unfortunately, Jason and I had a very bumpy road, and we officially dissolved the relationship towards the beginning of the pandemic. We were raising two kids during lockdown, so we co-parented through that time. Once it became clear that cohabitating was no longer beneficial for the children, it became the responsible thing to not, because we could be better parents as friends who live in different houses. But, yeah, I don’t understand the need to create false narratives and drama around this kind of stuff. It’s like, haven’t the kids been through enough?”
Wilde was more careful about what she said about her relationship with Styles, telling the publication, “I think once you crack open the window, you can’t then be mad when mosquitoes come in. It’s like, ‘You opened the window.'”