Olivia Wilde has responded to rumors of a feud with her Don’t Worry Darling actress Florence Pugh.
The director was questioned about the reports she met with the actress during a press conference for the film at the Venice Film Festival on Monday.
Florence skipped the press conference and photo op after being busy filming Dune 2 but will attend the film’s red carpet premiere on Monday night with Olivia and lead actor Harry Styles in Venice.
Dispute: Olivia Wilde responded to rumors of a feud with her Don’t Worry Darling actress Florence Pugh during a press conference for the film at the Venice Film Festival on Monday
The actress was pictured arriving at Venice Airport shortly after Monday’s press conference.
A report from Page Six in late July claimed Pugh was upset that Wilde hooked up with Styles during production of Don’t Worry Darling — while he was still married to Jason Sudeikis — before they split in November.
The rumors intensified after Olivia suggested Florence should have a “wake-up call” in a leaked video this month.
The video was leaked after Shia LaBeouf refuted Wilde’s claim that he was fired from the project, and in the footage Wilde, 38, can be heard encouraging LaBeouf to stay signed to the film rather than leave while he also alludes to some apparent tension with Pugh, 26.
Missing: Florence skipped the press conference attended by director Olivia with her boyfriend and film star Harry Styles (L) and his co-stars Gemma Chan and Chris Pine
A journalist asked Olivia about the reports during Monday’s press conference, which was also attended by Harry and his co-stars Chris Pine and Gemma Chan.
“Could you pop in and talk about whether there was a fight out there and if so why, because people are discussing it?” the reporter asked.
Olivia replied, “Florence is a force and we’re so grateful she can make it tonight despite being in production at Dune.”
“As a director, I know how disruptive it is to lose an actor for even a day, so I’m very grateful to her and Denis Villeneuve for helping us – we’re really excited to be able to celebrate their work tonight .”
MIA: A Page Six report in late July claimed Pugh was upset that Wilde hooked up with Styles during the production of Don’t Worry Darling (Florence pictured in the film).
She continued, “I can’t say enough how honored I am to have her as our leading lady. She’s fantastic in the film and as for all the endless tabloid gossip and noise out there, I mean the internet feeds itself. I don’t feel the need to contribute, I think it’s sufficiently well fed. ‘
The Hollywood Reporter’s Alex Ritman tweeted that he tried to ask Olivia about her recent public falling out with Shia LaBeouf, but the director refused to answer.
Last month, Wilde gave Variety an interview in which she said LaBeouf’s trial was “not conducive to the ethos that I demand in my productions” after the role was eventually recast with her now-boyfriend, Harry.
In response, LaBeouf provided alleged evidence to refute Wilde’s claims, including an email he sent to the director and a video she allegedly sent him to prove he left the film rather than being fired will.
Speaking of which, when asked about the rumors on Monday, Olivia replied: “Florence is a force and we’re so grateful she’s able to make it tonight despite being in production at Dune.”
LaBeouf claims he “left the film due to lack of rehearsal time” on August 17, 2020 and forwarded two emails to Variety that he allegedly recently sent to Wilde.
Some studio sources have told the publication that LaBeouf was fired, while another said his departure was due to a “collective realization that LaBeouf’s acting style doesn’t sit well with Wilde’s approach as a director.”
However, LaBeouf sent Variety alleged screenshots of his conversations with Wilde, who claim they met in person to discuss his exit from the project.
Wilde reportedly texted the actor, “Thanks for letting me be a part of your thought process. I know this is no fun. It doesn’t feel good to say no to someone, and I respect your honesty.
“I’m honored that you were willing to go there with me to share a story with you. I’m disappointed because it could have been something special. I want to make it clear how much it means to me that you trust me. It’s a gift I’ll take with me.”
LaBeouf then claims to the outlet that he “officially” finished the film the next day after their August 2020 conversation.
‘Miss Flo’: The rumors intensified after Olivia suggested Florence should have a ‘wake-up call’ in a leaked video this month
Along with lyrics, LaBeouf provided Variety with a video that Wilde allegedly sent him on Aug. 19, 2020, two days after he reportedly quit.
In the video, Wilde can be heard saying she’s “not ready to give that up just yet,” while appearing to beg the actor to reconsider. Wilde is then said to allude to tensions between LaBeouf and lead actor Florence, who plays Alice, Jack’s wife.
“I feel like I’m not ready to give that up yet, and I’m heartbroken too and I want to find out,” Wilde reportedly says in the video.
“You know, I think this might be a little wake-up call for Miss Flo [Florence Pugh]and I want to know if you’re willing to try me, us.’
Wilde continues, “If she really commits, if she really puts her mind and heart into it at this point, and if you guys can make peace — and I respect your point of view, I respect hers — but if you can pull it off, what do you think.” ? Is there hope? Will you let me know?’
Set in the 1950s, Don’t Worry Darling follows a housewife (Pugh) whose husband (Styles) takes her to a utopian community for his new company.
She begins to worry that her husband and his company are hiding terrible secrets while her life is turned upside down.
The cast also includes Chris Pine, Gemma Chan, Nick Kroll, Douglas Smith, KiKi Layne, Timothy Simons and Dita Von Teese.
Late: The Hollywood Reporter’s Alex Ritman tweeted that he tried to ask Olivia how her audience fell out with the film’s original lead, Shia LaBeouf, but the director refused to answer
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