The Daily Telegraph

Wilde not worried, darling, about Pugh no-show amid rift rumours

- By Nick Allen

SHE wouldn’t have been the first director to have sidesteppe­d questions about a rift with her leading lady, but for Olivia Wilde, Florence Pugh’s absence from a press conference at the Venice Film Festival was just the latest twist in a saga that has made Don’t Worry Darling one of her most talked about movies – for the wrong reasons.

Wilde, 38, faced the press for the world premiere just as Florence Pugh, the 26-year-old actress, touched down in the city. Pugh was said to have missed the press conference because of the later arrival of her flight from Budapest and a heavy schedule filming Dune 2. However, she arrived in Venice five minutes after the press conference began and was filmed walking through the city’s streets with a cocktail in hand.

Asked if there had been a “falling out” with Pugh, Wilde replied: “Florence is a force, and we are so grateful that she’s able to make it tonight despite being in production on Dune.

“As for all the endless tabloid gossip and all the noise out there, the internet feeds itself. I don’t feel the need to contribute. I feel it is sufficient­ly well nourished.” Wilde was then asked a question about actor Shia Labeouf ’s exit from the lead role during production, but the moderator shut it down. Labeouf ceased to work on the film in 2020 and was replaced by Harry Styles, the 28-year-old One Direction singer, who Wilde then became romantical­ly involved with.

There has been some bemusement about Styles’s American accent after a clip was released. Speaking in Venice, He said: “Music I have done a little bit longer, so that feeling is comfortabl­e. What I like about acting is that I feel like I have no idea what I am doing.”

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Olivia Wilde, 38, left; Florence Pugh, 26, above; and Harry Styles, 28, below

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