Olivia Wilde and Florence Pugh got into 'screaming match’ on ‘Don't Worry Darling’ set, claims source

Unnamed sources close to the production claimed that the duo had a 'screaming match' on set as a result of Wilde's 'frequent, unexplained absences'

Olivia Wilde and Florence Pugh got into 'screaming match’ on ‘Don't Worry Darling’ set, claims source
Olivia Wilde (L) and Florence Pugh (R) frequently got into heated arguments while filming 'Don't Worry Darling' (Frazer Harrison and Mike Coppola/Getty Images)
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LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: While filming ‘Don't Worry Darling’, Florence Pugh and Olivia Wilde allegedly got into shouting matches since the director frequently vanished with her lover Harry Styles, according to reports. 

Wilde, 38, previously denied that there was any ill will between her and Pugh, 26, but a shocking new revelation suggests otherwise, with sources telling Vulture that tensions between the two actors hit a breaking point on the set. “Olivia and Harry would just disappear,” an insider told Vulture. After becoming close on the production of ‘Don't Worry Darling’ in September 2020, the 'Booksmart' director and Styles, 28, began dating in January 2021. Unnamed sources close to the production claim that Pugh and Wilde had a "screaming match" on set as a result of Wilde's "frequent, unexplained absences." The alleged conflict first surfaced in August 2022 when Wilde, in a leaked video to actor Shia LaBeouf, referred to Pugh as "Miss Flo" and stated that she needed a "wake-up call" during the film's rehearsal session.

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The story goes so far as to say that Toby Emmerich, the top executive at Warner Bros. at the time, was called in to mediate the fight between the two because it had gotten so out of hand. Emmerich is alleged to have mediated a "long negotiation process" to ensure that Pugh would continue working on the project after filming was over and that she would be available to promote it. Pugh, however, considerably reduced her promotional efforts for the movie, attending the Venice premiere but doing nothing else. Recently, Pugh skipped the New York screening, an unusual move for a starring actor. Additionally, Wilde was unable to end the tension in Venice since it seemed like managers went to great efforts to keep the two actresses apart at the picture call for the event.

While Pugh published a picture of herself with Wilde in a carousel of photos on Instagram, she did not name her director in the comments. Instead, she wrote an emotional caption about working on the movie. “It’s here.. and ready to be seen. @dontworrydarling is in cinemas! We met so many talented people, visited some insane locations, worked hard in the desert dust and looked good whilst doing so. (Thanks to @hebathormakeup and @jaimeleigh.hair and @ariannephillips) Thank you to all those who have bought tickets and those who have already seen it - whenever I watch massive impressive movie moments on massive screens I always remind myself that there is a boom just inches from the frame I’m watching. Or marks on the floor just below the actors waists. It’s crazy to think that each set up and scene takes a large portion of a day to execute, and on this one.. there was a lot to execute! Explosions, car chases, cocktail balancing, underwater sequences, running, drinking, more running.. This film was such an epic story on such a large scale to shoot, all while during peak Covid times. For that I will always be grateful. To all of you who helped make this, your dedication and love was seen daily - thank you. With that, here are some pics I took from this time. More to come! #dontworrydarling,” Pugh’s Instagram post read.

On 'The Late Show with Stephen Colbert 'on September 21, Wilde addressed the rumors of their alleged feud, saying she had "nothing but respect" for Pugh despite persistent assertions to the contrary. She raved over Pugh’s performance in the contentious film and implied that asking about the disagreement is sexist because "male director colleagues" aren't answering the issue.

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