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‘I don’t blame people for seeking escapism’: Olivia Wilde Not Worried About ‘Toxic Tabloids’ Shaming Successful Women Like Her

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Olivia Wilde’s upcoming psychological thriller, Don’t Worry Darling, is making some noise on social media regarding the controversies surrounding the movie’s themes. And though the more pressing matters are targeted towards her, she’s doesn’t seem worried at all.

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Florence Pugh and Harry Styles in Don’t Worry Darling

Don’t Worry Darling stars singer turned actor Harry Styles, and Oscar nominee Florence Pugh as a married couple residing in a utopian experimental community. A trailer was released in May, and the scene where Jack (Styles) was going down on Alice (Pugh) on top of a table created a buzz on social media.

Olivia Wilde On Women As The Focus Of Her Films

In an interview with Variety, Olivia Wilde questions why men are the focus when it comes to heterosexual relationships.

Why are we more comfortable with female pleasure when it’s two women on film? In hetero sex scenes in film, the focus on men as the recipients of pleasure is almost ubiquitous.”

The director proudly says, over her tea-time interview in London, that only women drive the story in her movies. They are their own heroes, and they don’t need any help from men.

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Olivia Wilde on her success as a director

Like the women in her projects, Wilde is a successful artist forging her own path. She mentioned how difficult it is for women to go into a directing career, much less get a second chance at it. Booksmart, Wilde’s successful film, received critical praise despite low box-office profit.

Fewer people will invest in the second film of a woman than a man. 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.”

Toxic Tabloids Exist For A Quick Escape

Another controversy Olivia Wilde is facing is her link with Harry Styles. The paparazzi are bad enough about celebrity relationships, but especially worse when they’re printed on tabloids for everyone to read. Being in the spotlight always comes with a price, and Wilde understands the repercussions of it. People crave escapism, and they usually find it in other people’s lives.

I don’t blame people for seeking escapism, but I think the tabloid media is a tool to pit women against one another and to shame them.”

Source: Variety

Written by Ariane Cruz

Content writer at FandomWire.