Creative differences, disputes over COVID protocols, and Wilde’s relationship with Harry Styles have reportedly brought the relationship between the two actresses to a breaking point.
Olivia Wilde’s Don’t Worry Darling finally hits theaters this week, after a seemingly never-ending press spree that has left many wondering if the myriad stories surrounding Shia LaBeouf and alleged spit are daunting the film’s box office prospects would. The drama surrounding Wilde and her relationships with stars Florence Pugh and Harry Styles has dominated coverage of the film in recent months, significantly overshadowing the film’s content itself.
But so far, much of the drama surrounding the film has essentially consisted of fans connecting their own dots. Pugh was conspicuously absent from the press tour, but she has a convenient excuse in the form of her commitments to Dune: Part Two, which is currently filming in Budapest. Theories as to the nature of Pugh’s feud with Wilde, and whether or not it was a result of Wilde’s relationship with Styles, are still just theories. The film’s cinematographer, Matthew Libatique, even described the on-set environment as “harmonious.”
But a new report from Vulture offers more details about the behind-the-scenes drama that has plagued Don’t Worry Darling, claiming Pugh and Wilde engaged in a “screaming match” on set in January 2021. Pugh was reportedly frustrated by Wilde’s frequent disappearances with Styles (with whom she began a romantic relationship shortly after casting) as well as the couple’s decision to attend a high-profile wedding, despite frequently lecturing the cast and crew on COVID protocols.
Aside from the personal drama, there were also creative differences on set. IndieWire has reached out to Warner Bros. for comment.
“Florence shared how she thought the next scene should be shot when Olivia wasn’t there,” said story writer Chris Lee. revealed on Twitter. “She said, ‘I’m directing this movie more than you are!’ That was shouted once and people heard it. Word got around very quickly.”
This fractured relationship between the two actresses eventually forced high-level studio brasses to step in. According to the report, “bitterness between Wilde and Pugh reportedly reached to the top of the studio totem pole, with Toby Emmerich, Warner Bros.’s senior executive at the time, being forced to play a lengthy arbiter in the negotiation process” to ensure Pugh was released on the (Pugh eventually showed up in Venice for the film’s world premiere, although she missed the press conference due to her travel schedule and did not attend the film’s New York premiere.)
Don’t Worry Darling is in theaters now.
https://www.indiewire.com/2022/09/dont-worry-darling-drama-olivia-wilde-florence-pugh-fought-on-set-1234766181/ ‘Don’t Worry Darling’: Olivia Wilde and Florence Pugh fought on set