Olivia Wilde isn't too wild about the alleged drama surrounding her and actress Florence Pugh. In response to recent rumors, the actress-director is dismissing speculation that there's any tension between the two ladies.
Since production first began on Wilde's second film, Don't Worry Darling, rumors of their supposed rift have been flooding social media. They became a million times worse, however, following a leaked video message that Wilde sent to Shia LaBeouf, who was previously set to play Harry Styles' character in the film, which she called Pugh, who stars in the film, "Miss Flo."
As the internet quickly drew lines in the sand, all eyes were on the pair at the Don't Worry Darling premiere at the Venice Film Festival on Monday, where the discomfort seemed to escalate when Pugh did not attend the movie's press conference with Wilde and her costars Styles, Chris Pine, and Gemma Chan. While Pugh did walk the red carpet with the cast, she sat the farthest away from Wilde during its screening — which sparked even more chatter online.
Now, Wilde is here to remind everyone that Don't Worry Darling is a film, not a reality television show.
"Florence's performance in this film is astounding," she told Vanity Fair after the festival. "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."