She’s not worried, darling!
Olivia Wilde addressed the drama around her highly anticipated film, “Don’t Worry Darling,” including Shia LaBeouf’s tumultuous departure from the film, “Spit-Gate” and her apparent feud with Florence Pugh.
Wilde, 38, — who directed the film — appeared on “The Late Night Show” with host Stephen Colbert on Wednesday, ahead of the psychological thriller’s release on Friday, maintaining the drama is strictly on-screen only.
Wilde said she acted in the best interest of lead actress Florence Pugh to keep her “safe” from Shia LaBeouf — who was originally cast as the lead before being recast by Harry Styles — when pressed by Colbert about the situation.
“Once it became clear that it was not a tenable working relationship, I was given an ultimatum,” she told the host.
“I chose my actress, which I’m very happy I did,” she continued. “At the time, was I bummed that we weren’t able to make it work? Sure. Did information about him come to light later that made me confident we made the right decision? Absolutely.”
Wilde said he gave her an ultimatum between her and Pugh, saying she chose Pugh and she thinks her and LaBeouf see his departure from the film differently.
“When he gave me the ultimatum of him or Florence, I chose Florence, and that was him feeling he was stepping away, and me feeling like we were moving on without him,” she explained.
Colbert then addressed ‘Spit-Gate’ — the speculation that Harry Styles spat on Chris Pine at the Venice Film Festival — which she shrugged off as simply untrue.
“No, he did not. But I think it’s a perfect example of, like, people will look for drama anywhere they can. Harry did not spit on Chris,” she said, which Colbert jokingly cutting in with: “Only time will tell.”
Finally, Wilde spoke about her relationship with Pugh — saying despite rumors there’s conflict she has “nothing against her.”
“I have nothing but respect for Florence’s talent,” she told Colbert. “She’s fantastic. She’s on the set of her movie ‘Dune’ right now, and there’s nothing cooler than a busy actress. I have nothing against her in for any reason.”
Wilde then questioned why male directors don’t get asked to dish the drama from the set of their films, predicting if a man did direct it, people would “actually be talking about the movie itself.”
“They’re praised for being tyrannical. They can be investigated time and time again, it still doesn’t overtake conversations of their actual talent or about the film themselves,” she told Colbert. “This is something we’ve come to expect. It is just very different standards that are created for women and men in the world at large.”