Olivia Wilde hits back at reports of a feud with 'sensational' Florence Pugh

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Olivia Wilde has deed backmost astatine reports of a feud with her 'sensational' Don't Worry Darling starring histrion Florence Pugh. 

The director, 38, addressed the pair's widely-rumoured falling retired connected The Late Show with Stephen Colbert connected Wednesday, insisting she has 'nothing but respect' for Florence, 26, contempt by being plagued by claims to the contrary.

Olivia gushed astir Florence's show successful the arguable movie, and suggested being questioned astir the feud is sexist due to the fact that it's not thing her 'male manager colleagues are answering'.

The histrion besides doubled down connected claims she fired erstwhile starring actor Shia LaBeouf, 36, insisting helium issued her an 'ultimatum' of choosing betwixt him and Florence: 'I chose Florence.'

Shutting down: Olivia Wilde has deed backmost astatine reports of a feud with her 'sensational' Don't Worry Darling starring histrion Florence Pugh 

When asked by Stephen if she was 'feuding' with Florence, Olivia unopen down rumours of hostility betwixt the brace arsenic she gushed implicit the star's 'sensational' show successful the film.

Director Olivia, who is dating pb prima Harry, has been astatine the centre of speculation astir a reported on-set rift with Florence, with original co-star Shia besides adding to the drama.

But the Booksmart manager has present described Florence arsenic a 'super hero' and insisted she has 'nothing against her for immoderate reason' arsenic she doubled down connected her denial of immoderate feud.

'She is sensational successful this film. And it is astir her being brave capable to perceive to the brave radical who've travel earlier her who everyone other has ignored and spot her instincts,' Olivia said. 

Leading lady: Olivia gushed astir Florence's show successful Don't Worry Darling, and suggested being questioned astir the feud is sexist

'And she is the 1 brave capable to dismantle the system. She is simply a ace hero. And Florence Pugh is arsenic bully astatine melodramatic enactment arsenic she is astatine action. There are existent enactment sequences sequences successful the film. She has a tally which I notation to arsenic her 'Tom Cruise run.' It's the astir awesome tally I've ever seen,' she added.

Seeming to code claims that Florence had scheduling conflicts for a property league astatine Venice Film Festival, Olivia said determination is 'nothing cooler than a engaged actress'.

'I person thing but respect for Florence's talent. She's fantastic. She's connected the acceptable of her movie Dune close now. There's thing cooler than a engaged actress. I person thing against her for immoderate reason,' Olivia said.

Florence skipped a property league for the movie due to the fact that her formation allegedly would onshore excessively precocious for her to get there, though she was seen successful Venice adjacent enjoying an Aperol spritz portion it was taking place.

Rumors: The director, 38, addressed the pair's widely-rumoured falling retired connected The Late Show with Stephen Colbert connected Wednesday, insisting she has 'nothing but respect' for Florence, 26

Feud? The histrion besides doubled down connected claims she fired erstwhile starring histrion Shia LaBeouf, 36, insisting helium issued her an 'ultimatum' 

Commenting connected a video of Florence enjoying her cocktail astatine the time, Stephen said: 'People pointed retired that she was having an Aperol spritz during the property league and didn't amusement up for it.'

To which Olivia cryptically replied: 'They did constituent that out.'

She went connected to connote that questions astir the feud are sexist arsenic she claimed her antheral manager colleagues are not answering queries astir their relationships with formed members.

'I deliberation what's comic is like, I don't consciousness similar my antheral manager colleagues are answering questions astir their cast,' Olivia said to applause from the workplace assemblage astatine the Ed Sullivan Theater successful New York City.

Rumored conflict: Director Olivia, who is dating pb prima Harry, has been astatine the centre of speculation astir a reported on-set rift with Florence (both pictured successful the movie)

'These are not questions to springiness a director. They should beryllium talking astir the movie itself,' Stephen added, portion admitting that helium was giving into the appetite by asking her astir the rumors.

Olivia reportedly came into struggle with Florence during filming, arsenic the Black Widow prima was said to beryllium unhappy over allegations that Olivia 'hooked up' with Harry while engaged to Jason Sudeikis.

Olivia, 38, and Jason, 46, got engaged successful 2012 and stock children Otis, eight, and Daisy, five. They were thought to person divided successful November 2020 and Olivia made headlines with Harry successful January 2021.

While it's ne'er been confirmed that Olivia and Harry's romance began portion she was inactive engaged to Jason, Page Six reported that Florence fell retired with Olivia implicit the coupling.

Absent: Florence skipped a property league for Don't Worry Darling due to the fact that her formation allegedly would onshore excessively precocious for her to get there, but she was seen astatine the premiere for the film

Iconic: But Florence was seen successful Venice adjacent enjoying an Aperol spritz portion the property league was taking place

Then successful the lead-up to the film's release, Florence did little-to-no promotion for the movie and was seen enjoying a cocktail adjacent successful Venice arsenic she skipped a property league for Don't Worry Darling.

The rumours intensified aft Olivia suggested Florence should person a 'wake-up call' successful a leaked video, shared by Shia arsenic he refuted Wilde's assertion that helium had been fired.

Shia was primitively acceptable to prima in Don't Worry Darling earlier Olivia replaced him with Harry, with Olivia claiming Shia's process was 'not conducive to the ethos that I request successful my productions'.

But successful response, Shia - who claims helium discontinue 'due to deficiency of rehearsal time' - shared an an email helium sent to the manager and a video that she allegedly sent to him, proving helium walked distant from the movie alternatively than being fired.

High praise: Commenting connected fans pointing retired that Florence was enjoying a cocktail astatine the time, Olivia cryptically replied: 'They did constituent that out'

In the footage, Olivia tin beryllium heard encouraging Shia to enactment signed connected to the film, alternatively than permission it, portion besides hinting astatine evident hostility with Pugh, 26, who she referred to arsenic 'Miss Flo'.

In the clip, she said: 'I consciousness similar I'm not acceptable to springiness up connected this yet, and I, too, americium heartbroken and I privation to fig this out. 

'You know, I deliberation this mightiness beryllium a spot of a wake-up telephone for Miss Flo, and I privation to cognize if you're unfastened to giving this a changeable with me, with us.

'If she truly commits, if she truly puts her caput and bosom into it astatine this constituent and if you guys tin marque bid — and I respect your constituent of view, I respect hers — but if you guys tin bash it, what bash you think? Is determination hope? Will you fto maine know?' 

Group line-up: The formed were each seen attending the premiere astatine Venice Film Festival amid the drama. Pictured: Nick Kroll, Florence Pugh, Chris Pine, Olivia Wilde, Sydney Chandler, Harry Styles and Gemma Chan

Total transparency: Olivia besides cleared the aerial astir her one-time Don't Worry Darling co-star Shia LaBeouf, 36, who she claimed was fto spell from the film, though the histrion claims helium quit

But speaking to Stephen, Olivia doubled down connected her claims that she fired Shia, insisting that she 'chose Florence' aft she claimed Shia had issued her with an ultimatum.

When asked if she fired Shia, Olivia said: 'We had to regenerate Shia. He is simply a fantastic actor, but it wasn't gonna work. When helium gave maine the ultimatum of, you know, him oregon Florence, I chose Florence.'

'That was him feeling helium was stepping distant and maine feeling similar we were moving connected without him,' she added.

Claims: Shia was acceptable to prima successful Don't Worry Darling earlier Olivia replaced him with Harry, claiming Shia's process was 'not conducive to the ethos that I request successful my productions'

Addressing the conflicting accounts of Olivia claiming Shia was fired and the histrion saying helium quit, Stephen asked if helium near successful specified a mode that they could some judge they were close successful their stances.

To which, Olivia said: 'It's a question of semantics. It wasn't going to determination guardant successful a mode helium wanted it to, truthful helium had to leave.'

Elsewhere successful the interview, Olivia besides addressed 'another weird rumour' surrounding Harry Styles seemingly spitting connected co-star Chris Pine at the Venice Film Festival.

Fans claimed that footage showed Harry allegedly appearing to gob successful the actor's lap, with Chris seeming to halt his his tracks, look down astatine his leg, and instrumentality retired his lingua successful disbelief.

Conflicting: But Shia - who claims helium discontinue ' - shared an an email helium sent to the manager and a video she allegedly sent to him, proving helium walked distant from the movie alternatively than being fired

The laughing actor, 42, shot an amused look backmost astatine the popular star, with fans speculating afterwards that Harry had spit connected Chris' lap.

But it has been denied that immoderate spitting took place, with a source adjacent to Chris Pine telling MailOnline: 'Harry Styles did not spit astatine all. People are seeing immoderate unusual illusion of sorts online that is intelligibly deceiving.'

And Olivia besides unopen down rumours of immoderate spitting occurring, insisting that radical are trying to 'look for drama'. 

Stephen asked her: 'Did Harry Styles spit connected Chris Pine? Why oregon wherefore not? Support your answer.'

Film: Harry and Florence play a joined mates successful Don't Worry Darling, which tells the communicative of a 1950s housewife surviving with her hubby successful a utopian experimental community

Role: Olivia, who directed the arguable movie, besides appears successful the movie arsenic a quality called Bunny, who is friends with Florence's quality Alice 

To which a laughing Olivia said: 'He did not, but I deliberation it's a cleanable illustration of radical volition look for play anyplace they can.'

She definitively added, 'Harry did not spit connected Chris, successful fact,' portion Stephen joked, 'Only clip volition tell'.

'No, helium truly didn't!' Olivia said with a laugh.

She said the video was an illustration of radical seeing what they privation to spot and described it arsenic 'clickbait'.

Oh dear: Despite each the hype surrounding Don't Worry Darling, it presently has a dismal 34 per cent professional support standing (out of 64 reviews) connected Rotten Tomatoes

Harry and Florence play a joined mates successful Don't Worry Darling, which tells the communicative of a 1950s housewife surviving with her hubby successful a utopian experimental community. Olivia appears arsenic a quality called Bunny. 

The brace play Jack and Alice Chambers, who look to beryllium the cleanable couple, until she starts discovering things astir their secretive community.

Despite each the hype surrounding Don't Worry Darling, it presently has a dismal 34 per cent professional support standing (out of 64 reviews) connected Rotten Tomatoes. 

Don't Worry Darling, which Olivia directed from a publication by her Booksmart co-writer Katie Silberman with Carey Van Dyke and Shane Van Dyke, hits theaters connected September 23. 

Coming soon: Don't Worry Darling is scheduled for merchandise successful US theaters connected Friday

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