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Don’t worry darling, Hollywood is only slightly insane


The new psychological thriller film “Don’t Worry Darling,” directed by Olivia Wilde, has captured a massive amount of media attention since the day it was announced in 2019. 

Its unique cast – which includes the iconic and versatile actress Florence Pugh and the world-famous pop singer Harry Styles as the leads – will undoubtedly give the audience a strong connection to the characters in the film. The strange plot of the movie is also sure to invoke curiosity and possibly even a terrifying sense of familiarity.

In addition to the fantastic cast and intriguing plot line, there has been an endless amount of gossip and numerous rumors about the cast and their relationships with each other. 

Never-ending rumors about Harry Styles and Olivia Wilde’s relationship have been posted in the tabloids for a few years now. With allegations and assumptions surrounding Styles’ sexuality, their relationship has been met with Styles’ fans calling their relationship a PR stunt. Their behavior towards each other at the “Don’t Worry Darling” premiere also caused a stream of questions and assumptions, including rumors of the couple splitting. 

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Olivia Wilde’s romance with Styles isn’t the only affair that has been hitting the press surrounding the “Don’t Worry Darling” cast. Harry Styles replacing Shia LaBeouf as the male lead has been raising questions. 

There seems to be some disconnect between Wilde and LaBeouf about what really happened. Wilde claims that she fired LaBeouf because of his “combative energy” that didn’t fit with the supportive environment Wilde wanted on set. Apparently Wilde didn’t think LaBeouf would be able to provide Florence Pugh with the sense of safety on set and on screen that she deserved. 

LaBeouf countered Wilde’s claim by saying that he quit because the cast couldn’t find time to rehearse. Additionally, he released a video that Wilde allegedly sent to him saying that she didn’t want him to leave the cast. Both sides seem to be well supported and it is hard to say who is “right,” or if they both are. It’s simply showbiz after all.

Wilde and Pugh’s relationship has also been scrutinized by the press as of late due to rumors of their “falling out.” There aren’t many details as to why people think they had a falling out, but Wilde dodged questions about it at the premiere press conference. Pugh was unable to attend due to a scheduling conflict with the filming of “Dune,” yet she was able to make a fabulous entrance on the red carpet later that night. 

Pugh and Wilde didn’t stand next to each other for many photos at the premiere, something many critics have focused on, but Wilde praised Pugh for her amazing work as the lead in the film.

The gossip surrounding the cast of “Don’t Worry Darling” has been entertaining, but it almost goes past humanizing the actors. I’ve always appreciated how the news can give celebrities an air of credibility that makes them seem like real people, but I don’t like how the press and tabloids are determined to make this cast appear childish and callow.

This movie could very well be a discourse on the lives of celebrities and how they are trapped in the images the press gives to them. Here’s to hoping Pugh, Styles and Wilde can break free of the narrowing glass walls of Hollywood.

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