‘Was going to be asking Florence Pugh to be in vulnerable positions’: Don’t Worry Darling Director Olivia Wilde Says Her Priority Always Was “Making Pugh feel safe”

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Olivia Wilde’s is all set to release and has been a topic of discussion for many. Not just the movie, but the cast and the director of the film have also been in the news for quite a while, be it Olivia Wilde, Harry styles, or Pugh Florence. Now the director of Don’t Worry Darling has revealed the real reason why she fired Shia LaBeouf.

A Poster of Don't Worry Darling
A Poster of Don’t Worry Darling

Earlier, news came out that Florance Pugh will not be attending the press or promotional activities for the film, rumours had been that the actress was not happy with her co-star and the director of the film. 

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Olivia Wilde and Florence Pugh’s Feud

Just after the filming of Don’t Worry Darling started Harry styles and Olivia Wilde were rumored to be dating. This did not go well with Pugh, and she said that it was unprofessional for them to behave in such a way on the set. However, that would not be the only problem.

Olivia Wilde
Olivia Wilde

Sooner it was also revealed that there was a pay gap among the lead actors in the movie. Harry Styles who is playing the role of Jack is paid around two and a half million whereas Pugh Florence who is playing the role of Alicia, is only getting $700,000.

Florence herself has not said anything on the issue yet, and Olivia Wilde has also denied the claims and said that Harry Styles is not paid higher than Pugh Florence.


Florence Pugh was not offered Alicia’s Role in Don’t Worry Darling at first

Florence Pugh was earlier given the role of Bunny, a supporting character, and Olivia Wilde was supposed to play the lead Alicia in Don’t Worry Darling. But according to Wilde, after lunch together she decided to switch roles and took Florence for the lead role of Alicia. 

In her interview with Variety, Olivia Wilde said that when the film was sold to WB, she had the role of Alicia, but she always had this idea that someone can do it better than her. She also said that she wanted Jack and Alicia to be a younger couple which could not have been possible with her in the role. 

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Olivia Wilde had her mind on Florence Pugh

Wilde said that the studio had some names for the lead, but she had her mind on Florence Pugh, whom she had seen in 2019 Midsommar. Praising her performance Wilde said, “I had been blown the fuck away by her.”

Florence Pugh as Dani in Midsommar (2019).
Florence Pugh as Dani in Midsommar (2019).

She said that she liked the movie, but she especially loved her in the film. She said, “I was just like, ‘Well, she’s extraordinary. She’s the most exciting young actress working today.”

She has praised the actress for her work so far and wishes best for her, however, after Olivia Wilde posted a behind the scene photo of Pugh on the set, and Florence Pugh did not post any response to this, many came up with their theories about what is going on between the two. 


Olivia Wilde had to fire Shia LaBeouf to protect Florence Pugh

When the first choice for Jack, Harry Styles was not free, Shia LaBeouf was offered the role. But Olivia Wilde later revealed that she had to fire the actor to protect Florence. She decided to fire the actor in 2020 after filming started. 

The studio cited a scheduling conflict that was causing issues for the cast to get together. Olivia Wilde also claimed that Florence Pugh felt uncomfortable around the actor due to the abuse charges.

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A still from Don’t Worry Darling

Olivia Wilde said, “I believe that creating a safe, trusting environment is the best way to get people to do their best work. Ultimately, my responsibility is to the production and to the cast to protect them. That was my job.”


She further said that there was a lot that came to light and troubled her, especially in terms of LaBeouf’s behavior.

She also said, “Particularly with a movie like this, I knew that I was going to be asking Florence to be in very vulnerable situations, and my priority was making her feel safe and making her feel supported.”

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

After which, she fired LaBeouf from the film. When the pandemic hit the world, Harry Styles had to cancel his tour his schedule was free, and they asked him. 


“We found the perfect Jack, and luckily, it’s kind of magical that it ended up being our first choice,” Wilde says.

Shia LaBeouf Decline Olivia Wilde’s Claims

After the interview, Shia LaBeouf also came forward and said that he was not fired. The actor revealed some of the emails and messages with Olivia Wilde and said that he quit the movie because his co-stars were not able to have a rehearsal together. 

Florence Pugh Harry Styles Olivia Wilde
Florence Pugh and Harry Styles in Don’t Worry Darling

Based on the story of Carey Van Dyke, Shane Van Dyke, and Silberman, Don’t Worry Darling is set in the 1950s and follows a young couple, Jack and Alicia. Alicia soon starts getting suspicious of the Victory town and starts investigating the matter. This leads to tension between her and Jack and other people living in the town. 


 Don’t Worry Darling will release on September 23, 2022.

Source: Variety


Written by Laxmi Rajput

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Laxmi Rajput is a writer at Fandomwire. She finished her Post Graduation in Broadcast Journalism and worked as a Business News writer for a year. But her interest in entertainment and pop culture compelled her to find a way towards Entertainment Journalism. She has worked across various fields and has 2 years of experience in content writing. She likes reading, music, movies, and traveling. She aspires to become a fiction writer in the future.