Olivia Wilde is not holding back on all the issues that have been hounding her recently. 

In a new interview with Vanity Fair, the 38-year-old director/actress addressed all the hot rumors surrounding her. She candidly spoke about the video that leaked wherein she seemed to be convincing Shia LaBeouf to continue working on Don’t Worry Darling, after insinuating in a previous interview that she had fired him. She also talked about her relationship with Florence Pugh, the star of the film, which she had been rumored to have a rift with. 

And she touched on her relationship with Harry Styles and whether or not she left Jason Sudeikis for him. 

On the Shia video, Olivia doubled down on the claim that she let him go, saying about Florence:

“My responsibility was towards her. I’m like a mother wolf. Making the call was tricky, but in a way he understood. I don’t think it would’ve been a process he enjoyed. He comes at his work with an intensity that can be combative. It wasn’t the ethos that I demand in my productions. I want him to get well and to evolve because I think it’s a great loss to the film industry when someone that talented is unable to work.”

She responded to the leaked video showing her begging Shia not to quit the film:

“This issue is so much more nuanced than can be explained in private texts released out of context. All I’ll say is he was replaced, and there was no going forward with him. I wish him the best in his recovery.”

An insider shed more light on the issue, telling Vanity Fair:

“A source with knowledge of the situation tells VF that the truth is a couple shades of gray: the actor was indeed unhappy with the limited amount of rehearsal time that Pugh had available, and Pugh, in turn, was uncomfortable with his intensity.

LaBeouf told Wilde that she had to choose between him and his costar–and Wilde chose Pugh. The tricky, and quintessentially Hollywood, part is that, to spare LaBeouf’s ego, she apparently allowed him to believe what he wanted to believe: that he was quitting.”

Olivia said this about Florence:

“It is very rare that people assume the best from women in power. I think they don’t often give us the benefit of the doubt. Florence did the job I hired her to do, and she did it exquisitely. She blew me away. Every day I was in awe of her, and we worked very well together.

It is ironic that now, with my second film—which is again about the incredible power of women, what we’re capable of when we unite, and how easy it is to strip a woman of power by using other women to judge and shame them—we’re talking about this.”

About those rumors that Florence felt neglected on set because of Olivia’s relationship with Harry, Olivia stated:

“The idea that I had five seconds in the day to be distracted by anything is laughable. I was there before everyone. I was there after everyone. And it was a dream. It’s not like this work was not enjoyable. It was just all-encompassing.”

Of Florence’s absence during the press tour, she said:

“Florence is one of the most in-demand actresses in the universe. She’s on set on Dune. I gather that some people expect for her to be engaging more on social media. I didn’t hire her to post. I hired her to act. She fulfilled every single expectation I had of her. That’s all that matters to me. 

Florence’s performance in this film is astounding. It’s just baffling to me that the media would rather focus on baseless rumors and gossip, thereby overshadowing her profound talent. She deserves more than that. As does the movie, and everyone who worked so hard on it.”

And regarding the timeline of her separation from Jason and her dating Harry:

“The complete horsesh*t idea that I left Jason for Harry is completely inaccurate. Our relationship was over long before I met Harry. Like any relationship that ends, it doesn’t end overnight. Unfortunately, Jason and I had a very bumpy road, and we officially dissolved the relationship towards the beginning of the pandemic. We were raising two kids during lockdown, so we co-parented through that time. Once it became clear that cohabitating was no longer beneficial for the children, it became the responsible thing to not, because we could be better parents as friends who live in different houses.

I don’t understand the need to create false narratives and drama around this kind of stuff. It’s like, haven’t the kids been through enough?”


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