‘Don’t Worry Darling’ Wage Gap Rumors and Florence Pugh Feud Are ‘Invented Clickbait’

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Olivia Wilde says “don’t mind” rumors circulating around the “Don’t Worry Darling” set.

The much-discussed production of “Don’t Worry Darling” starring Florence Pugh and Harry Styles as a couple embroiled in a suburban conspiracy has been the subject of tongue-wagging for months.

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Not only did director Olivia Wilde fire Shia LaBeouf prior to FKA Twigs’ sexual abuse claims against him, but replacement actor Styles and Wilde are now romantically linked. A highly publicized rift between Pugh and Wilde on set has also fueled the idea of ​​a “Don’t Worry Darling” feud, with Pugh appearing to disagree with Wilde over the film’s message about female sexuality.

And don’t forget, there’s also the long-standing rumor that international pop star Styles was paid more than three times more than Oscar nominee Pugh. Website Showbiz Galore originally reported that Pugh was paid $700,000 for the film, while Styles made $2.5 million. No sources were cited and Warner Bros. did not comment on their salaries.

But Wilde dispelled all inappropriate rumors in a recent cover story in Variety. In fact, Pugh was always Wilde’s first choice to play Alice, one half of the couple at the heart of the film. That is, after Wilde passed on the role himself to get younger for the lead role.

Wilde first saw Pugh in Ari Aster’s “Midsommar,” which debuted in 2019.

“I was fucking blown away by her,” Wilde gushed. “I loved the movie, but I loved her. I was like, ‘Well, she’s extraordinary. She is clearly the most exciting young actress working today.’”

As for the salary claims, Wilde denied the pay gap.

“There’s been a lot that I largely don’t pay attention to,” said the director of Booksmart. “But the absurdity of made-up clickbait and the subsequent reaction to a non-existent pay gap between our lead and supporting actors really upset me. I’m a woman who has been in this business for over 20 years, and it’s something true I have fought for myself and others, especially as a director. Those claims are absolutely not valid.”

Wilde continued: “The whole culture of celebrity gossip is interesting as a distracting tool to numb people from the greater pains of the world. Escapism is really a very human quality, looking for something to ease the painful realities of the lives of so many. I don’t blame people for looking for escapism, but I think the tabloid press is a tool to turn women against each other and put them to shame.”

Wilde believes we are all complicit in the collective takedown of women, especially when it comes to criticizing female creatives and filmmakers and pitting them against each other.

“Listen, I’m not asking for any kind of pity. My life is extraordinary. I’m overjoyed with my life,” Wilde said. “But for the betterment of society in general, I wish we could all break free from a cycle of bullying and hatred. We’ve just lost our empathy, and we don’t give people the benefit of the doubt, especially women. We just assume the worst of women, and I don’t know why.”

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