Olivia Wilde Confronts ‘Don’t Worry Darling’ Rumors: “People Will Look for Drama Anywhere”
On the eve of Don’t Worry Darling’s theatrical release, filmmaker Olivia Wilde is working to put rumors about her film to rest once and for all. She stopped by The Late Show on Wednesday, where Stephen Colbert questioned her about reported tension with Darling star Florence Pugh, Shia LaBeouf’s controversial exit, and–naturally—Spitgate.
“The whole experience has sort of changed my way of thinking about the internet,” Wilde told Colbert about the discourse. “But, really, it’s kind of ironic, because all of this is really what the film’s about. The film is about the narratives we are fed and whether we choose to accept them or question their sources.”
The director, who also acts in the movie, first clarified whether LaBeouf quit or was fired. “Early on in the process of making the film, as the director, I tried to mediate a situation between people to try to see if they could work together happily,” Wilde said. “Once it became clear that it was not a tenable working relationship, I was given an ultimatum. I chose my actress, which I’m very happy I did. At the time, was I bummed that we weren’t able to make it work? Sure. Did information about him come to light later that made me confident we made the right decision? Absolutely.”
Colbert pressed Wilde to explain why both she could believe LaBeouf was fired, while he believed he had quit. “We had to replace Shia,” Wilde continued. “He is a fantastic actor, but it wasn’t going to work. When he gave the ultimatum—him or Florence—I chose Florence. That was him feeling he was stepping away and me feeling like we were moving on without him,” adding, “It’s a question of semantics.”
Later in the interview, Wilde brought up “another one of our weird rumors, Spitgate, which you might have heard about.” Colbert then interrupted her to ask, “Did Harry Styles spit on Chris Pine? Why or why not? Support your answer.” Wilde laughed and replied, “No, he did not. But I think it’s a perfect example of, like, people will look for drama anywhere they can. Harry did not spit on Chris, in fact…” After wild speculation that Styles spit on Pine at the film’s Venice Film Festival premiere, both parties denied the incident. Styles even joked about it while performing at Madison Square Garden the same week.