Olivia Wilde is taking on rumors her boyfriend Harry Styles spit on his “Don’t Worry Darling” co-star Chris Pine at the Venice International Film Festival.
Wilde, who directed and stars in the film, stopped by “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” where she addressed the viral video.
When Colbert asked, “Did Harry Styles spit on Chris Pine? Why or why not? Support your answer.”
Wilde said, “He did not, but I think it is the perfect example of how people will look for drama anywhere they can. Harry did not spit on Chris…”
Stephen jokingly interjected, “Only time will tell.”
She insisted, “No, he really didn’t,” adding, “People can look at a video that shows evidence of someone not spitting on someone else and they will still see what they want to see, and that is the creation of drama.”
Colbert also asked rumors of a feud between Olivia and “Don’t Worry Darling” star Florence Pugh, saying, “So, no tension between you and Florence Pugh?”
Olivia answered, “I have nothing but respect for Florence’s talent — she’s fantastic. She’s on the set of her new movie ‘Dune,’ and there is nothing cooler than a busy actress.”
She insisted, “I have nothing against her for any reason.”
Colbert mentioned, “People pointed out that she was having an Aperol Spritz during the press conference that she didn’t show up for…”
“They did point that out,” Olivia acknowledged. “I don’t feel like my male directing colleagues are answering questions about their cast.”
Stephen agreed, but said that these were some of the questions that had surrounded the movie and he was “giving in to an appetite” by asking them.
Wilde replied, “Yes, I fully understand.”
The conversation turned to different standards for male and female directors and Wilde noted of her male counterparts, “They are praised for being tyrannical. They can be investigated time and time again, and it doesn’t take over the conversation of their talent or the films themselves. This is something we have come to expect. It is very different standards created for women and men in the world at large.”
She added, “When people see the film — and I really hope you do — they will find we were trying to do something really ambitious, and a lot of people did a lot of hard work.”
“We made a movie in the pandemic — that’s like building a house during a hurricane. So we can handle a little Twitter storm. We’re alright.”
“Don’t Worry Darling” opens September 23.