Don’t Worry Darling: Star Florence Pugh and Director Olivia Wilde Kept their Distance at Premiere

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On Monday night, star Florence Pugh and direct0r Olivia Wilde both attended the world premiere of Don’t Worry Daring at the Venice Festival, but they kept their distance, to say the least.

Pugh had skipped the press conference earlier in the day. When the audience at Venice erupted into 3-minute standing ovation for the film, a teary-eyed Pugh — who was sitting several seats away from Wilde — turned away completely from her director, as she instead faced (and danced with) her co-star Nick Kroll.

The film seemed to be well received at Venice. The audience clapped during one of the more climatic scenes.

Pugh made her way for the exit about three minutes into the clapping, prompting the rest of the cast–with Wilde at the end– to follow her.

During the ovation, Harry Styles and Kroll quickly kissed on the lips.

Pugh and Styles play a newlywed couple living in the quaint, experimental utopia called Victory. Pugh’s character becomes increasingly suspicious that her husband’s lush company — which is working on a top-secret project that promises to change the world — may be hiding disturbing secrets. Then all hell breaks loose.

Booksmart writer Katie Silberman penned the screenplay.

Drama followed “Don’t Worry Darling” to Venice thanks to social media rumors that claim Wilde and Pugh had falling out on set.

Pugh missed the film’s press conference because of filming requirements on the “Dune” sequel, but she arrived in Venice in time to walk the red carpet for the world premiere.

Any chance of awkwardness was meticulously accounted for by the festival and Warner. Discovery staff, who gave the film’s main ensemble a window between each of their red-carpet appearances, avoiding any drama.

Wilde was first down the red carpet, followed by Styles and finally Pugh. Styles, whose powder-blue suit was surprisingly toned down for the singer-actor, was extremely attentive to screaming fans — many of whom had been lined up outside the Sala Grande, in the punishing heat, since the early hours of the morning.

As the “As It Was” singer was busy signing autographs up and down the red carpet, Pugh made her spectacular entrance in an off-the-shoulder, sparkly bodysuit, grinning for the cameras and lapping up attention from enthusiastic fans. Like Styles, Pugh also took her time greeting and hugging fans, and posing for selfies. She at one point warmly embraced festival director Alberto Barbera, gushing that it was her very first time at the festival. She also gave “Don’t Worry Darling” producer Miri Yoon a long hug.

In between, the stars joined the wider Warner Bros. Discovery team and their co-stars Gemma Chan, Chris Pine and Nick Kroll.

Publicists worked overtime: aside from one cast photo with Wilde, the trio of Pugh, Wilde and Styles were kept separated on the red carpet, surrounded at all times by their representatives or other actors.

 

VENICE, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 05: (L-R) Gemma Chan, Harry Styles, Sydney Chandler, director Olivia Wilde, Chris Pine, Florence Pugh and Nick Kroll attend the "Don't Worry Darling" red carpet at the 79th Venice International Film Festival on September 05, 2022 in Venice, Italy. (Photo by Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images)

“Florence is a force,” Wilde said earlier at the press conference when asked to “clear the air” about the rumors. “We are so grateful that she’s able to make it tonight for the red carpet despite being in production on ‘Dune.’ I know, as a director, how disruptive it is to lose an actor even for a day, so I’m very grateful to her, and to ‘Dune’ director Denis Villeneuve for helping us. And we’ll get to celebrate her work tonight. I can’t say how honored I am to have her as our lead. She’s amazing.”

Wilde added, “As for all the endless tabloid gossip and all the noise out there, the Internet feeds itself. I don’t feel the need to contribute; I think it’s sufficiently well-nourished.”

Reviews for Don’t Worry Darling which premiered in Venice out of competition, are mixed-to negative.

Wilde said earlier that “Don’t Worry Darling” was inspired by psychosexual thrillers like “Fatal Attraction” and “Indecent Proposal.”

The director also cited “Inception,” “The Matrix” and “The Truman Show” as sources of inspiration, saying the film is “a love letter to movies that push the boundaries of our imagination.”

Warner will open “Don’t Worry Darling” in theaters September. 23.