Florence Pugh was ‘in love with’ Olivia Wilde for feud

Florence Pugh once only had love for Olivia Wilde.

The “Don’t Worry Darling” star, who reportedly had a falling out with the film’s director, previously said she was “in love” with Wilde.

“What was it like working with Olivia Wilde? Because I’m totally in love with her,” Pugh, 26, asked Beanie Feldstein during Variety’s Actors on Actors interview special in 2019.

Feldstein, 29, previously collaborated with Wilde, 38, on “Booksmart,” her critically acclaimed directorial debut.

“I think you and Olivia would be so attracted to each other,” Feldstein said at the time.

“Because she’s just as fearless as you are, both on screen and off.”

The following year, Pugh was cast in Wilde’s psychological thriller, “Don’t Worry Darling,” alongside Gemma Chan, Nick Kroll, Chris Pine and Wilde’s now-boyfriend Harry Styles.

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Florence Pugh is embroiled in drama surrounding an apparent feud with “Don’t Worry Darling” director Olivia Wilde.
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However, the broken relationship between the lead actress and the director quickly sparked a media frenzy, after sources spoke to Vidak For Congress about the alleged split.

“I can tell you that Flo didn’t like seeing Olivia and Harry over each other on set, as Olivia was still with Jason. [Sudeikis] when she first hooked up with Harry,” an insider told us, referring to the “Ted Lasso” star with whom she shares two children.

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The cast recently reunited on the red carpet at the Venice Film Festival.
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Wilde, for her part, praised Pugh at a press conference at the Venice Film Festival on Monday — which the actress skipped.

“Florence is a force. We are so thankful she can come tonight [for the red carpet] despite being in production on ‘Dune’,” Wilde said in response to a question about a possible “feud” between the pair.

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Pugh once told Beanie Feldstein that she was “in love” with Wilde’s career.
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She continued, “As a director, I know how disruptive it is to lose an actor, even for a day, so I’m very grateful to her and [‘Dune’ director Denis Villeneuve] to help us. And tonight we get to celebrate her work. I cannot say how honored I am to have her as our leader. She is amazing.”

Wilde also addressed general speculation surrounding the feud.

“As for all the endless gossip and all the noise out there, the internet feeds itself. I don’t feel the need to contribute; I think it’s well-fed enough,” she said.

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