Olivia Wilde has taken time to tackle the whirl of rumors of off-screen drama surrounding her new release “Don’t Worry Darling,” citing a popular internet theory that her lead actor, Harry Styles, spat on his co-star. , Chris Pine, at the Venice Film Festival premiere for the thriller.
“Harry didn’t actually spit on Chris,” Wilde tells Stephen Colbert in a clip from Wednesday’s episode of “The Late Show,” which was put online a few hours before the full interview aired on CBS.
The late-night host teases the director a bit and responds with a hasty whisper: “Only time will tell. We’ll see.” The interaction makes Wilde laugh.
“I think it’s a perfect example of people looking for drama everywhere they can,” said the director, explaining her interpretation of the rumor’s popularity.
A Pine representative was quick to deny that the actor was spat on by Styles after the film’s September 5 premiere, calling the story “a ridiculous story” and “a complete fabrication.”
Styles later jokingly acknowledged the rumor at a concert at Madison Square Garden two days after the alleged incident: “It’s great, great, great to be back in New York. I just rushed to Venice to spit on Chris Pine. But don’t worry, we’re back!”
The alleged saliva rush is just one off-screen story that has been “Don’t worry, honey” in recent weeks. Star Florence Pugh and Wilde didn’t pose together on the Venice red carpet, fanning the flames of rumors the two had argued during the film’s production.
“Florence is a force,” Wilde said at the film’s press conference in Venice when asked to “clear the air” about the online discussion. “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.”
Warner Bros. “Don’t Worry Darling” will hit theaters on Friday.