Florence Pugh and Harry Styles both star in Olivia Wilde’s Don’t Worry Darling, which hits theaters in September, according to IMDb. And while the film isn’t out yet, drama is already brewing between the cast and crew. In Harper’s Bazaar’s August cover story, Pugh spoke about the film and the reaction its trailer received and didn’t hold back.
She told the outlet: “If it’s your sex scenes or seeing the most famous man in the world go at someone, that’s not why we do it. That’s not why I’m in this industry.” Pugh refers to her sex scenes with Styles, which she declined to discuss, admitting she was concerned that social media users were more likely to address it than focused on other aspects of the film. However, Wilde defended her decision to include particularly daring scenes in Don’t Worry Darling in January. She told Vogue that she drew inspiration from films like Fatal Attraction and Indecent Proposal while making the film and wondered, “Why isn’t there more good sex in the film?”
The sex scenes apparently weren’t the only thing that bothered Pugh about working with Wilde. A source recently told Page Six that rumors of Styles and Wilde hooking up while Wilde was reportedly still dating her now-ex-boyfriend, Jason Sudeikis, really didn’t sit well with Pugh and caused some tension on set. Now, Wilde is debunking some rumors about something else: the film’s salaries.
Olivia Wilde shuts down Don’t Worry Darling salary rumours
Speculation has circulated that Harry Styles was paid three times more than Florence Pugh for Don’t Worry Darling, and Olivia Wilde is finally speaking out on the claim. In an interview with Variety, Wilde explained that she tries not to pay attention to clickbait or gossip online, but revealed that the rumor about the pay gap really upset her. She told the outlet, “I’m a woman who’s been in this business for over 20 years and it’s something I’ve fought for for myself and others, especially as a director. These claims have absolutely no validity.”
It’s unclear where the rumor started or originated, though it may have some connection to the fact that Styles and Wilde are currently in a romantic relationship, per Page Six. Before the Wilde rumor was shot down, fans were definitely not happy about the apparent salary difference between Pugh and Styles. A social media user tweeted, “I was excited to see Don’t Worry Darling until I found out Harry Styles was being paid three times more than Florence Pugh. Excuse me?” Others wrote“Harry Styles is a musical icon, but in no world does he deserve to be paid more for a film than Florence Pugh.”
Although Don’t Worry Darling isn’t due out until September 23, there seems to be a lot of drama and speculation surrounding its cast and savages.