Olivia Wilde wants you to know that nothing unusual happened on the set of Don’t Worry Darling.
And if so, well, the only reason we’re discussing behind-the-scenes rumors is because she’s a woman. She said male directors continue to be scrutinized in vain and praised for their tyranny.
And “just to be clear,” she said on “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert” on Wednesday, “Harry Styles didn’t spit on Chris Pine” when the scandal-plagued film premiered at the Venice Film Festival. Just like Pine’s rep said weeks ago. And the same Styles to joke about at one of his last concerts at Madison Square Garden.
The director was quick to invoke Spitgate after Colbert confronted her with a question about her relationship with Don’t Worry Darling co-star Florence Pugh for the movie Wilde on The Late Show. should advertise.
“Let’s get to another question you don’t have to answer,” he said, glancing at his notes. “People say you’re fighting Florence Pugh. Would you like to say someting about this?”
“All I have to say about that,” Wilde said, “is one of our weird rumours, Spitgate, that you may have heard of…”
“Did Harry Styles spit on Chris Pine,” Colbert interrupted, rereading his notecard and joking, “Why or why not? Please support your answer.”
“He hasn’t, but I think it’s a perfect example of people going to look for drama wherever they can. Harry actually didn’t spit at Chris,” Wilde said.
“Time will tell,” the button-pushing Colbert interjected quietly.
“No, he really didn’t!” said Wilde.
“Hm,” said Colbert. “We will see.”
“We saw it,” said the director.
“Science isn’t in,” Colbert quipped. (Very funny Mr. 10 year old talk show host.)
“But that’s exactly what I mean,” said Wilde. “People can watch a video showing evidence that someone didn’t spit on someone else and they will still see what they want to see. And that is the origin of the drama. And that is clickbait.”
Colbert then steered the conversation back to Pugh, who only did one promotional appearance for Don’t Worry Darling. Pugh was full of praise for Wilde before filming began, but she’s been particularly quiet since filming began. She reportedly felt “uncomfortable” after her director and co-star dated during production.
Wilde told Colbert she had “nothing but respect for Florence’s talent” and “for some reason nothing against her.”
“I find it amusing that I don’t feel like my fellow male directors answer questions about their cast,” said the “House” and “Richard Jewell” actor.
The presenter agreed, then remarked that it comes down to the 100th anniversary of the Hollywood sign and 100 years of predominantly male directors in the film industry.
“Hollywood is, for lack of a better word, essentially a box of broken toys,” Colbert said. “We all have our problems. But proverbially male directors are absolute monsters. Even if every rumor about your film were true, it would be pretty light fare compared to Alfred Hitchcock or any of the great directors out there that we admire so much.”
Wilde jumped in.
“You know, they’re lauded for being bullying, they can always be investigated, and it still doesn’t overtake talks about their actual talent or the film itself,” she said. “It’s something we expect. There are completely different standards that are created for women. All over the world of course. I’m not just talking about Hollywood.”
She said they did “Don’t Worry Darling” during the pandemic, which she compared to building a house during a hurricane.
“This is how we can deal with a little Twitter storm. We’re fine,” added Wilde. “But it’s very frustrating when people sort of sideline us in a way that I don’t see in men. But, you know what? The film is the result of so much hard work and I’m just proud.”
“Don’t Worry Darling” hits US theaters on Friday.
https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/tv/story/2022-09-22/olivia-wilde-harry-styles-spitting-spitgate-chris-pine-stephen-colbert Olivia Wilde outright dismisses ‘Don’t Worry Darling’ rumors