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Florence Pugh Doesn’t Seem to Let Go of Her Feud With Olivia Wilde as ‘Don’t Worry Darling’ Actress Refuses to Make Eye Contact With Director During Venice Premiere

florence pugh not making eye contact with olivia wilde

At the Venice premiere of Don’t Worry Darling, the speculative feud between Florence Pugh and Olivia Wilde has turned official and it’s disturbingly palpable throughout the 4-minute standing ovation. The Olivia Wilde-directed psychological thriller is the director’s second movie project and as successful and beloved as her first project was, her second one is equally tangled in drama.

Olivia Wilde
Olivia Wilde

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Don’t Worry Darling has a cast comprising Olivia Wilde, Chris Pine, Florence Pugh, Harry Styles, Gemma Chan, Nick Kroll, Sydney Chandler, Douglas Smith, and Kiki Layne.

Florence Pugh & Olivia Wilde Drama Clashes at Venice

The 2022 Venice International Film Festival was a mess of emotions and ovations. With four more days to go, the Venice Lida is already rife with its fair share of head turns and fashion statements. But while moments like the return of Brendan Fraser would bring joy to the gathered crowd, the feuding actresses of Don’t Worry Darling would make for an uncomfortable spectacle. The drama between Florence Pugh and her director Olivia Wilde was finally realized at the film festival when the former refused to make eye contact with Wilde throughout the four-minute-long standing ovation.

The controversial transaction between Florence Pugh and Olivia Wilde began circulating a couple of months after Don’t Worry Darling wrapped up filming. Fans noticed the former’s visible avoidance of anything associated with the film, including participating in the trailer launch or promoting it. Pugh explained her absence as the result of her filming Denis Villeneuve’s Dune: Part Two, however that quickly proved stale when she was confirmed to not appear for any of DWD‘s promotional interviews and press ahead of the film’s theatrical launch.

Florence Pugh
Florence Pugh

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Florence Pugh & Olivia Wilde Controversy Timeline

Florence Pugh is the principal lead in the Olivia Wilde psychological thriller set in a utopian town with a 50s-era aesthetic that hides a more sinister secret. The actress plays Alice who slowly begins unraveling the mystery of her near-perfect life and the town as events and incidents around her start to fall apart. The actor who was first hired to play Pugh’s on-screen husband was Shia LaBeouf, who Olivia Wilde claimed to have fired in order to protect her actors from his “a**hole energy”. However, a recently released footage shows Wilde condescendingly talking about Pugh and asking LaBeouf to consider returning to filming DWD.

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Olivia Wilde in a tug of war between placating Florence Pugh and Shia LaBeouf

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The falling out between Florence Pugh and Olivia Wilde had most essentially resulted from the latter’s attempts to make LaBeouf stay on set. In the recent past, the actor has been entangled in accusations of alleged abuse and sexual battery by the musician FKA Twigs but has worked toward healing and rehabilitation. In a Variety article, the Honey Boy actor refuted claims of getting fired, saying he quit, and provided substantial proof in the manner of emails and text messages to support that claim.

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Written by Diya Majumdar

Having graduated with honors in literature from Miranda House, Diya Majumdar now has more than 1300 published articles on Fandomwire, and her passion and profession both include dissecting the world of cinema. She happens to be a liberally opinionated person with an overbearing love for Monet, Edvard Munch, and Van Gogh, along with an obsessive collection of Spotify playlists