‘Harder for women to get second chance at directing’: Olivia Wilde Unshaken by Florence Pugh Controversy in ‘Don’t Worry Darling’. Says She Triumphed Where Others Failed

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The drama going on between Olivia Wilde and Florence Pugh regarding their upcoming movie Don’t Worry Darling featuring Harry Styles is a huge topic on the internet right now. The movie and the faces associated with it have been subjected to several controversies now. While Florence Pugh is barely promoting the movie, Shia LaBeouf’s exit from the project to Olivia Wilde’s ex Jason Sudeikis presenting her custody papers while she was promoting her film, the conversation’s huge.

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A Poster of Don’t Worry Darling featuring Florence Pugh and Harry Styles

While even after being embroiled in a basket full of controversies, it seems that Olivia Wilde is unshaken as she openly speaks about the opportunities for women in directing.

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How did Olivia Wilde get her second opportunity?

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Olivia Wilde at an event

Recently speaking with Variety, Olivia Wilde opened up that in the present scenario, only fewer people believe in second opportunities given to women. Thus she believes it is harder for women to get chances if they fail once:

“It’s harder for women to get a second chance at directing,” Wilde says, “Fewer people will invest in the second film of a woman than a man,”

Wilde felt lucky that her first film triumphed as a result of which she got her second chance in the industry. She admitted that her first movie Booksmart was not a blockbuster but it was enough to act as an achievement and get her second opportunity as a director:

“I was so lucky. My movie didn’t make a billion dollars. It struck enough of a nerve of the cultural zeitgeist that I was allowed to have another opportunity. I really feel, at this point, that I have earned the right to say I’m a director.” 

From the statements of Olivia Wilde, it can be concluded that the 38-years-old actress turned director is proud of her work and also seems quite unshaken by the events going on around her.


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What’s all this drama about?

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A still from Don’t Worry Darling

While it’s only a matter of a few weeks now for the Don’t Worry Darling to be released, the hype around the movie is gradually increasing day by day thanks to all the drama going on around it. Mainly all this starts with the noticeable fact that Florence Pugh has hardly done anything for the publicity of the movie. It is reported that her promotion will be limited to visiting the Venice Premiere of the movie only.

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If reports are to be believed there is tension between the Black Widow actor and Harry Styles‘ lady love. It is also reported that Pugh felt uncomfortable on the set with Harry Styles’ and Olivia Wilde’s closeness. The tension went to grow worse when both the women presented a far different viewpoint on a hot sequence between Styles and Pugh.

As per Olivia Wilde, she wanted to make the audience realize the rarity of female hunger:

“realize how rarely they see female hunger, and specifically this type of female pleasure”

While Florence Pugh reacted quite contrary and said:


“When it’s reduced to your sex scenes, or to watch the most famous man in the world go down on someone, it’s not why we do it. It’s not why I’m in this industry.”

Now it will be a matter of waiting to find out if the movie can stand out above all these controversies and prove to be a bigger hit in the career of Olivia Wilde.

Don’t Worry Darling is set to release on September 23, 2022

Source: Variety


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Written by Subham Mandal

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Subham Mandal is currently working as a content writer for FandomWire with an ardent interest in the world of pop culture. He has written more than 1000 articles on different spheres of modern pop culture and is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in English. He’s also an experienced student journalist having demonstrated work experience with the Times of India. He aspires to be a column writer in the future.