Florence Pugh once had nothing but love for Olivia Wilde.
The “Don’t Worry Darling” star, who has reportedly been at odds with the film’s director, previously stated that she was “in love” with Wilde.
“What was it like working with Olivia Wilde? Because I absolutely love her,” Pugh, 26, asked Benny Feldstein during Variety’s Actors on Actors interview in 2019.
Feldstein, 29, previously worked with 38-year-old Wilde in “Booksmart”, his highly acclaimed directorial debut.
“I think you and Olivia will be so attracted to each other,” Feldstein said at the time.
“Because she’s as fearless as you are in yourself, on-screen and off.”
The following year, Pugh was cast in Wilde’s psychological thriller “Don’t Worry Darling” alongside Gemma Chan, Nick Kroll, Chris Pine, and Wilde’s now-boyfriend, Harry Styles.
However, the fractured relationship between the leading lady and director quickly prompted a media frenzy after sources at Page Six spoke about the alleged rift.
“I can tell you for a fact that Flo didn’t like seeing Olivia and Harry on top of each other on set because Olivia was still with Jason. [Sudeikis] When she first made contact with Harry,” an insider told us, referring to the “Ted Lasso” star, with whom she shares two children.
Wilde, for his part, praised Pugh during Monday’s Venice Film Festival press conference—which the actress skipped.
“Florence is a force to be reckoned with. We’re so grateful she’s able to make it tonight [for the red carpet] Despite being in production on Dune, Wilde said in response to a question about a possible “fall-out” between the pair.
She added, “I know as a director how disruptive it is to lose an actor even for a day, so I am extremely grateful to him and to him. [‘Dune’ director Denis Villeneuve] to help us. And we’ll celebrate his work tonight. I cannot say how honored I am to have him as my leader. He’s amazing.”
Wilde also addressed the general speculation surrounding the feud.
“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 think it’s sufficiently well-nourished,” she said.