Olivia Wilde reveals the truth about the ‘Don’t Worry Darling’ drama

She’s not worried darling!

Olivia Wilde addressed the drama surrounding her highly anticipated Don’t Worry Darling, including Shia LaBeouf’s tumultuous departure from Spit-Gate and her apparent feud with Florence Pugh.

Wilde, 38, – who directed the film – appeared on ‘The Late Night Show’ with host Stephen Colbert on Wednesday ahead of the psychological thriller’s release, with the drama being exclusively on-screen.

The actress said she acted in leading lady Florence Pugh’s best interests to keep her “safe” from Shia LaBeouf – who was originally cast as leading lady before being recast by Harry Styles – when she was pressured by Colbert about the situation became.

Wilde denied many rumors surrounding the film.
Wilde denied many rumors surrounding the film.
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Florence Pugh didn't attend the film's premiere in New York, sparking rumors of tension between the cast.
Florence Pugh didn’t attend the film’s premiere in New York, sparking rumors of tension between the cast.
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Wilde said she and LaBeuof had different reasons for leaving the film.
Wilde said she and LaBeuof had different reasons for leaving the film.
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“When it became clear that it wasn’t a viable working relationship, I was given an ultimatum,” she told the host.

“I chose my actress, which I’m very happy about,” she continued. “Was I mad at the time that we couldn’t do it? Secure. Did information about him later come to light that convinced me that we made the right decision? Absolutely.”

Wilde said he gave her an ultimatum between her and Pugh, saying she chose Pugh and that she thinks she and LaBeouf view his departure from the film differently.

“When he gave me the ultimatum from him or Florence, I chose Florence and he felt like he was going to step down and I felt like we were going to move on without him,” she explained.

Colbert then addressed “Spit-Gate” — the speculation Harry Styles spat at Chris Pine at the Venice Film Festival — which she dismissed as simply untrue.

“No he didn’t. But I think it’s a perfect example that people are going to seek drama wherever they can. Harry didn’t spit at Chris,” she said, to which Colbert jokingly interrupted, “Just time will show.”

Finally, Wilde opened up about her relationship with Pugh, saying that despite rumors of conflict there was “nothing against her.”

“I have nothing but respect for Florence’s talent,” she told Colbert. “She is fantastic. She’s on the set of her movie Dune right now, and there’s nothing cooler than a busy actress. I don’t have anything against her for some reason.”

Wilde then questioned why male directors aren’t asked to pull the drama out of the set of their films, predicting that if a man directed it, people would “actually be talking about the film itself.”

“You are praised for being tyrannical. They can always be scrutinized, but it doesn’t overtake the conversations about their actual talent or about the film itself,” she told Colbert. “It’s something we expect. It’s just very different standards being created for women and men around the world.”

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