Earlier this month, there was speculation that Florence Pugh and Olivia Wilde got into a fight while they were working together on don’t worry baby came to a head when the entire cast reunited at the very awkward premiere of the Venice Film Festival.
The awkward event seemed to almost confirm the swirling rumours, with Florence emphatically avoiding Olivia all night after choosing to skip a joint press conference earlier that day.
But to really understand the nuance of the stars’ behavior at the premiere, we have to go back to February 2021 – when the first hint came to light that things weren’t going well between the two women.
This is when work on don’t worry baby wrapped up, and Florence – who plays lead character Alice – paid tribute to several crew members from the shoot in a lengthy Instagram caption while sharing a selection of behind-the-scenes photos.
Fans soon noticed that the film’s director, Olivia, was not mentioned in the post at all, and since then, Florence seems reluctant to discuss the film in any capacity and has barely posted about it on her very active social media- page.
It was also noted that Florence had completely ignored a message Olivia had posted in honor of her work on the film.
But things didn’t really get messy until last month, when Florence and Olivia gave interviews that shared each other’s views on… don’t worry baby.
Speaking to Harper’s Bazaar in August, Florence admitted she wasn’t happy with the hyper-sexualized way the film was marketed, with a specific reference to a graphic sex scene included in the trailer.
But Olivia had previously told Vogue that showing female pleasure on-screen was one of her priorities in making the film, and was clearly excited when the trailer’s sex scene was praised by the Clit Test for being “late see how it’s done”.
Speaking to Variety shortly after Florence’s interview came out, Olivia countered her lead actress’s stance by insisting that the sex scenes were “integral” into the storyline after bragging about the publication that “men aren’t in this movie.” come”.
“Female pleasure, the best versions of it you see these days are in queer movies,” Olivia added. “Why are we more comfortable with female pleasure when it’s two women on film? In film heterosex scenes, the focus on men as recipients of pleasure is almost ubiquitous.”
Another tension in the feud involves Shia LaBeouf, who was originally cast opposite Florence in 2020. He abruptly left the project before filming began and was replaced by Harry Styles.
While working on the film together, Olivia and Harry entered into a romantic relationship, which left Florence feeling “uncomfortable.” It has also been claimed that Florence was allowed to direct parts of the film herself because Olivia was so distracted by Harry.
In addition, Olivia has repeatedly claimed that she chose to let Shia out of the film because Florence wasn’t happy working with him and she has a strict “no assholes” policy on set.
Last month, she told Variety that Shia had “a combative energy,” so she let him go off the project to “protect” Florence and make her “feel safe.”
But just days after the interview was published, Shia retaliated by providing Variety with a series of receipts seemingly showing that he had chosen to leave. don’t worry baby because he felt he didn’t have enough time to rehearse.
The evidence included a video message Olivia sent him, begging him to reconsider his decision to quit, as she called Florence “Miss Flo” and said she needed a “wake-up call.”
In the clip, that later leaked online, Olivia told Shia: “I feel like I’m not ready to give this up yet, and I’m heartbroken too and I want to figure this out. You know, I think this might be a bit of a wake-up call for Miss Flo, and I want to know if you’re open to trying this with me, with us.”
“If she’s really committed, if she’s really putting her head and heart into it right now and if you two can make peace – and I respect your point of view, I respect hers – but if you can do it, what do you think? “Is there hope? Will you let me know?” she added.
While Florence didn’t comment publicly on the leaked video, her stylist referenced it in an Instagram post from the Venice Film Festival, which Florence liked.
While the tension between the two women is palpable now, you might be surprised to learn that it hasn’t always been this way, and when Florence was first cast in the film, she referred to Olivia as her “idol.”
Florence announced the news on social media in 2020, writing: “@oliviawilde just tagged me in a photo *gasp no.1* @oliviawilde cast me in a movie *gasp no.2* @oliviawilde is my idol and stood allow me to be part of this damn incredible cast. Shia?!? Chris?!? *panting no.3*”
And a resurfaced video from November 2019 has now reiterated how much Florence admired the director when she spoke about her work with fellow actor Beanie Feldstein.
In Varieties Actors on Actors series, Florence and Beanie sat down to discuss their careers, with Beanie just starring in Olivia’s directorial debut, smart book.
Florence couldn’t hide her feelings for Olivia at the time and asked, “What was it like working with Olivia Wilde? Because I am totally in love with her.”
And Beanie was confident that the two women would get along, replying, “I think you and Olivia would be so attracted to each other because she’s just as fearless as you are, and her work is amazing on screen and off it.” screen.”
Florence smiled as she agreed, “I can see it.”
This exchange has come to grips with TikTok after the recent don’t worry baby drama, with many people sharing their sympathy for Florence after she was seemingly abandoned by someone she admired so much.
“This is so sad for me :/” commented one person. Another commented: “Never meet your heroes.”
“Well, that didn’t age well, did it “, wrote someone else. While another comment read: “Serious shit must have happened before she went from THIS to total silence.”
Shortly after the awkward premiere at the beginning of the month, Olivia caused a stir when she doubled down on her claim that she fired Shia — despite evidence to the contrary.
The Vanity Fair interview had taken place before Shia made his receipts public, and the article read: “During pre-production in London, Wilde told me that Pugh told her she wasn’t comfortable with LaBeouf’s behavior. Wilde says she called LaBeouf herself and fired him.”
“My responsibility was towards her. I am like a mother wolf. Calling was difficult, but in a way he understood,” Olivia told the publication at the time. “I don’t think it would have been a process he enjoyed. He comes to work with an intensity that can be combative “It wasn’t the ethos I demand in my productions. I want him to get better and develop because I think it’s a great loss to the film industry if someone with such talent can’t work.”
When the journalist contacted him after Shia appeared to publicly refute Olivia’s story, Olivia claimed that the text screenshots he provided were taken out of context and did not mention the leaked video.
A source also claimed that Shia had asked Olivia to choose between him and Florence, and Vanity Fair reported that Olivia made Shia “believe what he wanted to believe: that he quit” to spare his ego.
In the meantime, don’t worry baby had a second premiere on Monday in New York, where Florence was not present, as was her co-star Chris Pine.
Both mentioned other movie commitments due to their absence, which Florence is currently working on Dune: part two in Budapest, and Chris shoots in Los Angeles.