“There is absolutely no validity to those claims,” said Olivia Wilde concerning reports Styles earned over three times more than his co-star.
As Olivia Wilde puts it, “don’t pay attention” to rumors about the “Don’t Worry Darling” set.
The positively promoted production of “Don’t Worry Darling” featuring Florence Pugh and Harry Styles in a suburban conspiracy has had tongues wagging for months.
Aside from Olivia Wilde dismissing Shia LaBeouf before FKA Twigs filed a sexual abuse complaint against him, Wilde and Styles are now romantically linked. In addition, rumors of a rift between Pugh and Wilde on set have led to belief about a “Don’t Worry Darling” feud, as Pugh appears to dispute Wilde’s views on sexuality.
Don’t forget the long-standing rumor that paid international pop star Styles over three times more than Oscar nominee Pugh. Website Showbiz Galore initially reported that Pugh was offered $700,000 for the film, while Styles made $2.5 million. But unfortunately, they cited no sources, and Warner Bros. refused to comment on their salaries.
In a recent cover story in Variety, Wilde dispelled all unbecoming rumors. It was always Pugh’s first choice to play Alice by Wilde, the character at the story’s center. So it was after Wilde passed on the role herself to skew younger for the lead.
The first time Wilde saw Pugh was in Ari Aster’s “Midsommar,” was debuted in 2019.
“I had been blown the fuck away by her,” Wilde stated. “I loved the film, but I loved her. I was just like, ‘Well, she’s extraordinary. She’s the most exciting young actress working today.'”
Regarding the wage gap claims, Wilde denied them.
“There has been a lot out there that I largely don’t pay attention to,” the “Booksmart” director explained. “But the absurdity of invented clickbait and subsequent reaction regarding a nonexistent pay disparity between our lead and supporting actors really upset me. I’m a woman who has been in this business for over 20 years, and it’s something that I have fought for myself and others, especially being a director. There is absolutely no validity to those claims.”
Continuing, Wilde said, “The whole culture of celebrity gossip is interesting as a distracting tool to numb people from the greater pains of the world. Escapism is a human quality, searching for something to anesthetize the painful reality of so many 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.”
She feels we are all complicit in women’s downfall, particularly in shaming and discrediting female creatives and filmmakers among ourselves.
“Listen, I’m not asking for any sort of pity. My life is extraordinary. I’m thrilled with my life,” declared Wilde. “But I do wish, for the betterment of society in general, that we would all disengage from a cycle of bullying and hatred. We’ve just lost empathy, and we just don’t give people the benefit of the doubt — specifically women. We assume the worst from women, and I don’t know why.”