Last week, Florence Pugh fueled speculation that there was tension between her and Olivia Wilde as she criticized the way her new film don’t worry darling is being marketed.
Olivia directed the next film, and in December 2021 she told Vogue that she hoped to make the sex scenes good again through the project.
The psychological thriller set in the 1950s stars Oscar-nominated Florence as Alice, who suspects all is not as it seems in the glamorous paradise where she lives with her husband, Jack, played by Olivia’s now-boyfriend, Harry Styles.
In an interview published 10 months after filming wrapped, Olivia said she wanted to show how “incredibly bawdy” the 1950s could be, and that she was inspired by other films that were set at the same era and were “really sexy in a grown-up way.
“I kept saying, ‘Why isn’t there good sex in movies anymore? ‘” Olivia added.
And in the film’s first trailer, which was released in May, viewers were shocked to see Harry’s Jack performing oral sex on Florence’s Alice in a very steamy sex scene.
Olivia previously explained that she included the moment in the script because she wanted her audience “to realize how rarely they see female hunger, and specifically this type of female pleasure.”
She later shared her joy when the trailer passed “the clitoris test” — criteria created by an online forum that celebrates the media’s recognition of the clitoris, rather than the vagina, as a source of pleasure.
Someone who runs the Clit Test Instagram page posted the account’s story trailer after it was released and wrote, “TFW, there’s a @clit.test pass in the trailer. Then they added: “@OliviaWilde showing how it’s done as usual.”
Olivia proudly shared her own story post at the time, adding, “We love the @clit.test!”
So when Florence expressed her discomfort with the movie’s sexualization during an interview with Harper’s Bazaar last week, many believed she was calling Olivia.
“When it comes down to your sex scenes, or watching the most famous man in the world go down on someone, that’s not what we’re doing it for. That’s not the reason for which I am in this industry,” Florence told the publication.
“Obviously the nature of hiring the most famous pop star in the world, you’re going to have conversations like that,” she added. “That’s just not what I’m going to discuss because [this movie is] bigger and better than that. And the people who did it are bigger and better than that.
Florence’s comments came after fans had already noticed his unusual activity on Instagram in relation to the film, with the actor promoting the project significantly less than his other work.
In fact, Florence’s first don’t worry darling The 2022 Instagram grid post was shared just five days before her interview was released, and while she’s usually no stranger to a lengthy caption, everything she wrote alongside the trailer was: “‘Not everyone has that opportunity…’ Not long now! Only in theaters September 23rd #dontworrydarling.
And when Olivia posted the cover of Florence’s Harper’s Bazaar on her Instagram Story alongside her congratulations on the interview, Florence didn’t share it on her own page. This was despite the fact that she reposted it don’t worry darling similar post from costar Gemma Chan, as well as fashion designer Harris Reed.
It wasn’t the first time Florence ignored Olivia on Instagram—in July, Olivia paid tribute to the actor by sharing a photo from the film’s set and writing, “Watching this woman work was a fucking thrill!” I can’t wait to show you more. @florencepugh. Florence in no way acknowledged the position.
Olivia was also notably absent from the lengthy Instagram caption Florence shared in February 2021 after filming wrapped, where she praised various crew members for their roles in making the film.
But things weren’t always like this, and Florence’s enthusiastic message when she was first cast in Olivia’s 2020 film recently resurfaced online and shed new light on the situation. .
Posting a screenshot of a news article announcing her involvement in the film, Florence’s excitement was palpable as she called Olivia her “idol.”
At the time, Harry was not cast in the film, and actor Shia LaBeouf was set to play Jack.
Florence captioned the April 24, 2020 post: “@oliviawilde just tagged me in a photo *gasp no.1* @oliviawilde cast me in a movie *gasp no.2* @oliviawilde is my idol and m allowed to be part of this fucking amazing cast. Shiite?!? Chris?!? *gasp #3*”
“I look forward to joining this project when this is all over,” she added, referring to the COVID-19 pandemic. “Until then, hide. Put on gloves. Stay at home. Read script 17000 because… you know… it’s @oliviawilde!! # don’t worry honey.
The heartfelt words struck a chord with followers of Florence, with many believing the post supported the theory that something happened on set to drive a wedge between the two women.
It has been claimed that Florence’s excitement and love for Olivia when she was first cast in the film makes her lack of recognition from the director since filming wrapped all the more telling.
Others were sad to think that Florence had been let down or let down after landing a role she was initially passionate about.
“The fact that you’re so excited and now it’s just crickets…something must have gone so wrong 💔,” one person commented last month.
“Aww you were so excited,” said another three weeks ago. Someone else added: “How ironic this post is now. *gasp #4*”
“It aged like fine wine 🤍,” another comment read.
On Twitter, one person referenced the post, writing, “Like literally something must have happened between Olivia and flo. I’m so excited for this movie and wish Florence was too.
“No, but Florence probably heard the concept and maybe even read the script and was excited and she was excited to work with feminist girlfriend Olivia who she had looked up to like that, it was probably so exciting and then everything is gone to shit and this fucking sucks,” someone else tweeted.
Another person replied to a screenshot of Florence’s Instagram post and wrote: “You know what they say.. never meet your idol :/” Someone else echoed : “She went from Olivia being her idol to not even wanting to talk about the movie she’s in the main role, it makes me so sad.”
“It’s so heartbreaking to see his enthusiasm and spirit about this film so shattered,” another response read.
Along with their obviously different views on the film’s sex scenes, there’s been a plethora of rumors about what happened between Florence and Olivia to cause this tension.
Sources claimed Florence was “uncomfortable” with Olivia and Harry being “on top of each other on set” during filming, and others speculated that Florence “had to direct parts” of the movie because Olivia was so distracted by her new relationship.
It’s also been speculated that Florence isn’t happy with how Harry and Olivia’s relationship has taken center stage when it comes to the film, something the director fueled when she posted a tribute. gushing on Instagram which honored Harry for his willingness to take support. role in a film “led by women”.
The post sparked a fierce backlash at the time, with journalist Roisin O’Conner summing up the speech when she tweeted: ‘It’s weird that she thinks someone with an acting project released where he had a minor role deserves such a round of applause for conceding the lead role of a literally Oscar-nominated actor.
And Florence’s pointed silence despite months of gossip surrounding her and Olivia is also noteworthy, pointing out that she often uses her social media page to dispel rumors or hit back at negative comments.
The actor has spoken out on more than one occasion after her relationship with ex-boyfriend Zach Braff came under scrutiny, and she recently shut down claims that she was dating friend Will Poulter.
Florence also took to her online profile to respond to “vulgar” comments that were made about her body when she wore a sheer dress to a Valentino fashion show in July.
“What interests me is that Florence is always quick to call out ‘trolls’ who spread rumors or talk bullshit, whether it’s about her boyfriend, her boobs, her friend hanging out at the beach with her. But there’s a lot of talk about it — her work life — and she’s quiet,” one person wrote on a Reddit forum.
Representatives for Olivia and Florence did not respond to BuzzFeed News’ request for comment.