Harry Styles takes over the Venice Film Festival from Gucci for the premiere of Olivia Wilde’s ‘Don’t Worry Darling’
The 28-year-old’s mere presence in the film – a dystopia about a seemingly perfect community with dark secrets – has ensured the internet is flooded with unsubstantiated gossip.
Claims that the film’s lead star, Florence Pugh, fell out with director Olivia Wilde over the latter’s relationship with Styles have been denied but continue to be talked about.
And there was still grist to the mill when Pugh failed to show up for the film’s press conference in Venice – even though she was due to walk the red carpet for the premiere later on Monday.
Wilde was clearly full of rumours.
“As for all the endless tabloid gossip and all the noise going around, the internet feeds on itself, I don’t feel the need to contribute to it, I think it’s fed well enough,” he said. Wilde told reporters.
Pugh, who plays a housewife determined to reveal community secrets, was reportedly late to Venice because she was filming “Dune: Part Two” in Hungary.
“Florence is a force and we’re so grateful she was able to make it happen tonight despite being in production on ‘Dune,'” Wilde said.
“I can’t say enough how honored I am to have him as my leader.”
– ‘Very lucky’ –
With millions of fans hanging on his every word, Styles was generally cautious.
Asked about the balance between his acting and musical careers, Styles said he finds them “opposites in many ways.”
“Making music is a very personal thing. There are aspects of the game where you take advantage of the experience, but most of the time you pretend to play someone else. That’s what I find the most fun about it,” he said.
He will soon also be seen in ‘My Policeman’, having a passionate same-sex affair at a time when homosexuality was illegal in Britain.
But Styles didn’t commit to whether more acting is in his future.
“I feel very lucky to be able to do something that I love as a job and to be able to explore that has made me even luckier,” he said. “In terms of the future, I try not to think about it too much…one day at a time.”
Wilde said she hopes “Don’t Worry Darling” will spark discussion about patriarchal control at a controversial time in American politics.
“It’s sadly very timely but it’s also timeless. I don’t think there will ever be a time when the idea of controlling someone’s body isn’t relevant to wrestling with,” Wilde said. .
“We want women to feel heard and to feel inspired by…the kind of revolutionary who is willing to sacrifice anything to do what’s right,” she added.
“These are the superheroes I want to see right now.”