Olivia Wilde speaks out on 'baseless' Florence Pugh feud rumours in new interview
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Olivia Wilde has spoken out about the multiple rumours of conflict between herself and Florence Pugh ahead of the release of her new film, Don't Worry Darling.
If you've been anywhere near the internet in the last few days and weeks, chances are you'll be familiar with rumours and speculation regarding the star of Don't Worry Darling, Pugh, and the film's director.
It was recently revealed Pugh will not attend a Q&A for the film in New York after she already skipped a press conference for the film at the Venice Film Festival, and internet users have noticed she's posted noticeably less than usual in reference to the film or Wilde on her social media pages.
The gossip doesn't appear to be slowing down any time soon, but Wilde has now addressed the matter directly as she told Vanity Fair it was all 'baseless rumours'.
“No amount of internet bullying can cause me to question my belief in a movie made collectively by so many brilliant people," she said. “We worked too hard, and went through too much together, to be derailed by something that really has nothing to do with filmmaking.”
Wilde went on to address the allegation that Wilde left Pugh to fend for herself on set after becoming wrapped up in her relationship with Harry Styles, who also stars in Don't Worry Darling.
She used the opportunity to commend Pugh and further discredit any rumours of conflict between them, saying: "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."
Wilde described the idea of having time to be distracted while on set as 'laughable', claiming she arrived there 'before everyone' and stayed 'after everyone'.
"And it was a dream," she added. "It’s not like this work was not enjoyable. It was just all-encompassing.”
Wilde's comments come ahead of the release of Don't Worry Darling on 23 September. Pugh has not yet responded to the comments.
UNILAD has reached out to representatives for Pugh and Wilde for comment.
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