Olivia Wilde criticises shocking comments she gets as a mother and media circus that preceded Don’t Worry Darling

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Olivia Wilde has once again criticised the media circus that preceded her new film, Don’t Worry Darling, and also addressed comments made about her as a mother.

In a new cover interview for Elle‘s latest edition, Wilde shared some choice words for how the media and public’s fascination with the film’s behind-the-scenes drama grew out of control, and she has praised her lead lady, Florence Pugh in the process.

“It is shocking to see so many untruths about yourself traded as fact,” Wilde said of the intense speculation that her film, which she directed and starred in, and her cast received prior to its release.

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Olivia Wilde cover photoshoot for Elle Magazine, November 2022.
Wilde’s photoshoot for Elle Magazine, November 2022. The actress has spoken out about harsh criticism she gets as a mother, and the media circus that followed her new film, Don’t Worry Darling. (Elle)

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But she also addressed some new comments she has been receiving lately, following her split from her husband, Ted Lasso actor Jason Sudeikis.

“I share custody of my kids with my ex. If I’m photographed not with my kids, people assume I have abandoned them, like my kids are just somewhere in a hot car without me,” she revealed.

“The suggestion is that I have abandoned my role as a mother. You know why you don’t see me with my kids? Because I don’t let them get photographed. Do you know the lengths that I go to to protect my kids from being seen by you?”

Olivia Wilde and Jason Sudeikis
Wilde and Sudeikis split in 2020, and share two children. In August this year, Wilde won a custody battle against Sudeikis and they now share custody of their children. (Getty Images for Critics Choice)

Wilde shares her two children, Otis, eight, and daughter Daisy, six, with Sudeikis.

The pair split in 2020 after a seven-year engagement, and were locked in a bitter custody battle over their kids.

Just this year Sudeikis served Wilde custody papers while she was on stage at CinemaCon in the US, a move she has since called “aggressive” in their legal battle.

Wilde won their custody dispute in August this year however, and now shares custody of her kids with Sudeikis.

Wilde then switched focus back to her film, and the firestorm of speculation that she and her cast had to respond to.

“Florence had a really wise comment that ‘we didn’t sign up for a reality show’, and I love that,” she added. “She put it that way because it’s as though the general public feels that if you are making something that you’re selling to the public, you somehow have accepted that your life will be torn to shreds by a pack of wolves.

“No, that’s actually not part of the job description. Never was.”

Sydney Chandler, Gemma Chan and Florence Pugh
Florence Pugh at the red carpet event for Don’t Worry Darling at Venice Film Festival with co-stars Sydney Chandler and Gemma Chan. (Getty)

Wilde and Pugh have been in a tough area for some months, after it was revealed that Pugh took issue with Wilde and boyfriend Harry Styles’ relationship, given the pair were got together when Wilde was still with her estranged husband, actor Jason Sudeikis.

On top of this, actor Shia LaBeouf, who was pitted to star in the film but left the project, shared a video that saw Wilde refer to the actress as “Miss Flo”, and also claim that Pugh needed a “wake-up call”.

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Wilde also talked about how TikTok played a part in “minimising” the film.

“[The speculation] minimized [the story] into bite-size TikTok points,” Wilde said. “This film is trying to ask big questions, but [it’s] ‘Let’s just focus on this sideshow over here.'”

She added: “Having been a known figure for a while… makes me well-equipped to have a Teflon exterior. But it also means that you’re under a different kind of microscope. It’s brought my attention to the media and how it pits women against one another.”

Don't Worry Darling cast
Wilde also praised Pugh’s comment that much of the media’s fascination has honed in on the film’s sex scenes, rather than considering plot and its subtle social commentary. (Joel C Ryan/Invision/AP)

Wilde went on to praise Pugh once more in the interview, showing her appreciation for another point the actress has made amid the media storm.

“It’s interesting because Florence very wisely pointed out that a lot of attention has been given to the sex scenes,” Wilde said.

“And I think she’s so right. I completely agree with her that it’s overshadowing everything else that the movie’s about, which is so interestingly ironic because one of the uses of sex in Victory is as a tool of distraction.”

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