Olivia Wilde discussed whether there was a “quarrel” between her and Florence Pugh.
The director answered a reporter’s question during the Don’t worry honey press conference at the Venice International Film Festival.
Wilde was in attendance alongside stars Harry Styles, Gemma Chan and Chris Pine. Its lead actor, Pugh, however, was absent.
The news that Pugh would not attend the panel came amid news of a feud between her and Wilde that has been ongoing since the beginning of this year.
“Can you just clear the air and deal with if there’s been a fight out there and if so why, why is that something people are arguing about?” a reporter asked Wilde during the conference.
The director replied: “Florence is a force and we are so grateful that she managed to make it tonight despite being in production on Dune. I know as a director how disruptive it is to lose an actor even for just one day, so I am very grateful to her and Denis Villeneuve for helping us: we are really excited to be able to celebrate her work tonight. ”
She continued: “I can’t say enough how honored I am to have her as a star. She’s great in the movie and as for all the endless tabloid gossip and all the noise out there, I mean, the internet feeds itself. I don’t feel the need to contribute, I think he is sufficiently well fed ”.
Variety confirmed that Pugh’s absence from the panel is due to the actor’s flight arriving in Venice after the scheduled press conference. He will walk the red carpet for the event later on Monday (September 5th).
News of an argument between the director and the actor escalated in August after Wilde said he fired LaBeouf in 2020 to create a “safe and trustworthy environment” on set for Pugh.
However, LaBeouf denied that he was fired and sent off Variety a video he claims to have received from Wilde, which shows the director asking him not to abandon the project.
Alluding to the tension between LaBeouf and Pugh in the video, Wilde says LaBeouf’s departure “might be a bit of a wake-up call for Miss Flo.”
Wilde said the feud is nothing more than “invented clickbait,” while Pugh has neither commented nor denied the rumors.
Last week, Wilde praised the “fiercely talented” actor in a new interview.
You can read a complete timeline of all the behind-the-scenes drama Don’t worry honey here.
First reviews of Don’t worry honey they saw critics unenthusiastic about the film, with Pugh’s performance still being praised.
In a three star review for The independent, Geoffrey Macnab writes: “This is not the disaster that some foresaw, but it is a messy and convoluted affair with some very contrived plots. Styles delivers surprisingly boring, low wattage performance like Jack. To be honest, he plays a very boring character, sort of like a Stepford husband. “
Other critics have also accumulated criticism of Styles’ performance.
On the red carpet of the film’s Venice premiere, Pugh made a cryptic remark that it’s “inspiring” to see women “reject and say ‘no’, on and off the camera.”
Don’t worry honey comes out in theaters on Friday 23 September.